Reading List: Philip Anselmo of Down and Pantera Talks Books
Mon, 21 May 2012 07:04:51
"I am a reader," smiles Down singer Philip Anselmo. "I've read so many books about everything from boxing to true crime and forensics."
There's always been a literary quality to Anselmo's lyrics. Going back to Pantera epics like "Floods" or Down's "Stone the Crow", he poetically paints pictures with gritty imagery and robust delivery. In fact, the front man and Housecore Records founder's words prove just as mighty as his voice, when you really take the time to dissect them.
In this exclusive interview celebrating the 20th anniversary reissue of Vulgar Display of Power [available now], the ever-erudite Philip Anselmo shares a few titles worth checking out with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino.
Philip Anselmo's ARTISTdirect.com Book List:
Scott Skelton and Jim Benson — Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour
"Well, it's funny. There's this beautifully written book called Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson. It's about the old '70s television series, Night Gallery. They do a chapter on every episode that ever came out and all of the actors, actresses, and directors. It's a fantastic read. It's this big, thick hardbound book. I can't describe how beautifully written it is. The writer's use of words and the English language are fantastic. You need to get it." [at Amazon]
Harper Lee — To Kill a Mockingbird
"Man, I'm a classics guy. I love To Kill a Mockingbird. As a young man, it got me sitting there and thinking." [at Amazon]
Stephen King — "Jerusalem's Lot" in Night Shift
"For horror novels, early Stephen King, I really enjoyed the short story Jerusalem's Lot. It's in Night Shift, which is a great book. It has a bunch of short stories. You never wanted Jerusalem's Lot to end. Reading from that point of view was fucking excellent." [at Amazon]
Stephen King — Salem's Lot
"Of course, then there was the book Salem's Lot. It's fantastic." [at Amazon]
Stephen King — Pet Sematary
"I think Pet Semetary is a fantastic fucking book. Obviously, it's really a tearjerker. It's a tragic sad tale, man." [at Amazon]
Have you read any of these books?
For more with Philip see our latest interview here!
Photo: Corey Soria