Library Basement Show Q & A

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Library Basement Show Q & A

Get to know your local, DC musicians.

The DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show is on Thursday, June 11! The librarians asked the musicians of Give, Puff Pieces and The Maneuvers about their reading tastes and musical habits. 

What is the one book you would say changed your life after you read it? 
A band member of Give read Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn as a freshman in high school and said "it definitely changed the way I thought about the world." 

Puff Pieces says Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingram. 

The Manuevers: 
Rob: Ulysses by James Joyce.
Shira: Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison (DC Public Library doesn't own that one, but we do have another related title: How to Kill Your Boyfriend in Ten Easy Steps by D.V. Bernard).
Ryan: 1984 by George Orwell. 

What literary character do you most identify with? 
Give: "I know when I was a kid, I wished by life was like Huckleberry Finn's. Floating down a river and getting into adventures seems like a pretty cool way to live life." 

Puff Pieces: "The unnamed protagonist in Elizabeth SwadosThe Girl with the Incredible Feeling."

The Manuevers: 
Rob: Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.
Shira: Kristy Thomas, president of the Baby-Sitters Club.

What is currently your favorite place to see live music in D.C.? Did you have a favorite venue that is no longer around? 
Give: "To me, the coolest place to see live music in D.C. has to be Fort Reno. The vibe, crowd, and variation of musical acts are all great, the history of it rules, and it's free. There are also a lot of houses that do shows in D.C. now, and a lot of young bands making good music. When I was in high school I went to a lot of cool punk and hardcore shows at the Kaffa House on U Street."

Puff Pieces: "Current place: Back Alley Theater. Spot that no longer is around: Warehouse Theater Next Door."

The Maneuvers: 
Rob: Black Cat backstage, St. Stephen's or La Casa. RIP Corpse Fortress.
Shira: Forever favorites include the Black Cat backstage, Fort Reno, and St. Stephens. I desperately miss the Rocketship.
Ryan: Black Cat. I miss the Bobby Fisher Memorial Building.

Come to the show on June 11 to find out more about these amazing musical readers!

Don't forget: doors at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 and over by 8:30. So be on time. We'll see you Thursday night