Mark Z. Danielewski and Biffy Clyro To Headline Liner Notes

02/04/2011
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Acclaimed author Mark Z. Danielewski and Biffy Clyro will co-headline Liner Notes, a one-of-a-kind event at Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday March 2, 2011, to explore the cross-pollination of music and literature while raising money for Homeboy Industries.

Presented by SPIN, Skylight Books and Bootleg Theater, the event will feature performances by Biffy Clyro, readings by Danielewski and an audience Q&A session to examine how Danielewski's 2006 novel Only Revolutions inspired the band's 2009 album of the same name. Biffy Clyro and Danielewski will sign limited edition posters, books and CDs following the event.

All ticket and poster sale proceeds will benefit Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that has helped at-risk and former gang-involved youth become contributing members of our community through a variety of services in response to their multiple needs for more than 20 years. Free programs- including counseling, education, tattoo removal, job training and job placement- enable young people to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures. More information is available at www.homeboy-industries.org.

"We are over the moon to be sharing a stage with Mr. Danielewski," Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil says. "He is my favorite author. He completely changed my view of what a novel could be and what it could achieve. All of his work has influenced and inspired our music but Only Revolutions has the most explicit influence. His approach to his art has taught us so much about creativity, evolving, revolving, patience and quality over quantity, and his approach to beard-play is similar to our own face fuzz. Basically we're very very excited."

"There are two occasions I will always remember with a great deal of affection: hearing my sister Poe's 'Angry Johnny' and Biffy Clyro's 'Mountains' for the first time on the radio," Danielewski says. "There's no greater compliment or privilege than having the chance to participate in a dialogue spoken almost exclusively through creative works. Or as Simon would have it: sung. And Simon is right. Singing is better. At least I prefer it that way. Especially if he's singing."

The Liner Notes series, created and spearheaded by writer and music journalist Emily Zemler, aims to highlight the influence of literature on music, promote literacy, foster a love of reading among music fans and raise money for local nonprofit organizations. This is the fifth Liner Notes event and the first in Los Angeles. Past events have featured collaborations by Tegan Quin and Augusten Burroughs, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie and Dredg, and Ben Folds and Nick Hornby.

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