Ever been curious as to what the famously literate James Murphy, who rose to success as part of LCD Soundsystem, reads in his free time? Here is an insight; taking pride of place on his shelf appears a vast array of Thomas Pinchon’s catalogue. In Gravity’s Rainbow Pynchon states “Through the machineries of greed, pettiness, and the abuse of power, love occurs”, a lovely line that perhaps would have struck a chord with James Murphy, considering his lyrics of the tough endurance of human relationships. High literature seems to be a recurring theme with regards to Murphy’s bookshelf, with other authors including Italo Calvino, William Gaddis and Phillip Roth finding a catagorised place. Overall, a clearly impressive library for an equally impressive musician.
The forever inventive (not to say particular) Murphy stated: “I always sign books when I read them, and I make people, when they borrow them, sign the backs and that way I know who borrowed my books and who’s read them, and when;” in an interview with Pitchfork back in March 2007. Shut Up And Play The Hits, a documentary about the final days of LCD Soundsystem is out in September.