Reading List: Jonathan Davis of Korn Shares His Three Favorite Books
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:18:02
Korn's tenth album, The Path of Totality, boasts some of the best, brightest, and most brilliant lyrics that frontman Jonathan Davis has ever written.
The band's trademark catharsis is as fierce as ever on the likes of "Get Up!" and "Let's Go", but during songs like "Bleeding Out" and "Way Too Far", Davis paints pictures with dystopian lyrical poetry that's simultaneously haunting and hypnotic. He pushed himself immensely, and the result is a collection of dark vignettes that beckon a closer listen and read. In addition, he's crafted an intricate mythos behind his dubstep alter ego J Devil complete with black contacts and teeth. However, as with all of his musical output, there's something deeper going on.
Given how eloquent and engaging his writing on The Path of Totality is, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino sat down with Korn singer Jonathan Davis for an exclusive interview about Davis's three favorite books.
Find out what they are below!
Jonathan Davis's Three Favorite Books:
Neil Strauss — The Game
I love that book. I hung out with Neil when he interviewed Korn for Spin back in the day. We went to Japan together. Seeing him transform into this super pickup artist, his path, and the whole story was very inspiring. The book is insane. [Buy at Amazon]
William Forstchen — One Second After
One Second After is about a terrorist organization launching a nuclear missile above Kansas and detonating it 25 miles up in the atmosphere. It basically knocks out all of the electrical power and circuitry in the United States. When it impacts, it definitely takes this country down very quickly. That was a scary book to read. Someone told me about One Second After. I've always had this thing about EMPS and if we did go to war how someone would get us. That's how they would get us. If we pop an EMP, our cars won't work. No electricity would work. People would die from walking because they can't drive their cars. They'd have heart attacks. There would be no phones, food, or trucks to deliver supplies. People die from simple blisters on their feet from their shoes. You could die from a normal infection. Then, there would be all of these little cliques going around. Crazy people would say they're the savior, engage in cannibalism, and other insane shit. [Buy at Amazon]
The Gnostic Gospels
My other favorite would be The Gnostic Gospels. Those are the books of the Bible that were kicked out because the church didn't agree with what was said in them. There's the book of Mary in there. I read The Gnostic Gospels when I found out about them. It paints a very different picture of what was going on at that time. It's a lot less control-based. [Buy at Amazon]
Have you read any of these? What are your three favorite books?
For more with Jonathan Davis, meet J Devil here!