Knockout Narratives Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    The Powell's Playlist | January 5, 2015

    Tim Johnston: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Songs for Not Sleeping by Tim Johnston

    I once told a medical-profession-type lady that I didn't sleep well, that I awoke all through the night and was awake for hours. "What do you do... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Music- Music Appreciation
15 Remote Warehouse Music- History and Criticism

Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews


Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Björk on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey Anastasio on improvisation games, M.I.A. on the power of the internet, and Jack White on upholstering a couch. The interviews are conducted in The Believer magazine's intimate, casual, long-form style, and while they focus on the music—creating it, playing it, touring it, living with it—they never hesitate to explore the subjects' other passions. This collection is perfect for fans, lovers of the interview format, cultural aficionados, and aspiring polymaths.

About the Author

Ross Simonini is a musician, writer, and artist living in New York. He has edited interviews at the Believer since 2007.

Vendela Vida co-founded the Believer in 2003. She is the author of four books, including the novels Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers.

Table of Contents

TOC (tentative):

- Pat Benatar interviewed by Jancee Dunn

- Joanna Newsom interviewed by Judy Budnitz

- Karen O interviewed by Carrie Brownstein

- Aimee Mann in conversation with Patton Oswalt

- Angèlique Kidjo interviewed by Patrick Knowles

-Juana Molina interviewed by Josh Kun

-Nancy Wilson interviewed by Maura Kelly

-Irma Thomas interviewed by T Cooper

-Khaela Maricich interviewed by Miranda July

-M.I.A. interviewed by Joshua Clover

-Lady Saw interviewed by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

-Bjork by Jim Roll

-Mike Patton interviewed by Ross Simonini

-Lucinda Williams interviewed by Madeleine Schwartz

-Genesis P.Orridge interviewed by Doug Rushkoff

-Jack White interviewed by Dave Eggers

-Wayne Coyne in conversation with Ben Gibbard

-Trent Reznor interviewed by Brandon Bussolini

-“Weird Al” Yankovic interviewed by Jonathan Zwickel

-Trey Anastasio interviewed by Ross Simonini

- Ahmir Thompson interviewed by Touré

-Alan Bishop interviewed by Andy Beta

-Stephen Malkmus interviewed by Matthew Derby

-Bun B interviewed by Jon Caramanica

-Ice Cube by Linda Saetre

-David Byrne by Dave Eggers

- Mark Mothersbaugh interviewed by Maura Kelly

-Ian MacKaye interviewed by Alex V. Cook

-Pat Martino interviewed by Greg Buium

-Isaac Brock interviewed by Brian J. Barr

-Christopher Owens microinterviewed by Alex Scordelis

-Nico Muhly by Sean Michaels

Laurie Anderson interviewed by Amanda Stern

-Eddie Vedder interviewed by Carrie Brownstein

-Thom Yorke interviewed by Ross Simonini

-Robert Pollard by Matthew Derby

Product Details

The Best of the Believer Music Interviews
Vida, Vendela
Simonini, Ross
McSweeney's, Believer Books
History & Criticism *
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Music Appreciation
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Reference
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays

Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$15.00 In Stock
Product details 524 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781938073830 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at