Just a quick post to do that thing that literary journalists do around Christmas, in their Books of the Year spiels, and get soundly beaten up by Private Eye for their trouble; it's Plug Yr Mates' Creative Endeavour Time.
1. NME/Mojo/Rock's Backpages legend Barney Hoskyns will be reading from, and signing copies of his latest book Hotel California (4th Estate), about the LA music industry between 1967 and 1976, at Filthy McNasty's, 68 Amwell Street, London EC1 on Wednesday, 22 March. He will be joined by Steve Turner, who will be doing the same thing with his "no, nothing to do with the movie, honest" book The Man Called Cash - The Johnny Cash Story; and Daryl Easlea, author of Everybody Dance: Chic And The Politics Of Disco will, one presumes, do something similar that will get shamelessly ripped off by Queen. There will also be a musical set by folk-disco artiste Nancy Wallace. Entrance is free. Readings begin at 8.30pm.
2. A Mis-Guide To Anywhere is "a utopian project for the recasting of a bitter world by disrupted walking," created by Wrights & Sites in collaboration with Tony Weaver. No, me neither, but it sounds intriguing, and it launches at the ICA on 8 April.
3. No publication date as yet, but the fourth edition of Nicholas Pegg's monumental The Complete David Bowie, will be published by Reynolds & Hearn in the near future. This is the book that Bowie himself reads to find out what he was doing between about 1973 and last week. Only now it's bigger and definitiver. Like, almost as big as Trevor Bolder's sideburns. Almost.