Take a look at James Murphy’s bookshelf

LCD Soundsystem posted pic of his library to Facebook, which is as heavy as you'd imagine.


Words by: Charlie Jones

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.

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