Ben Folds & Nick Hornby Co-Headline SPIN Benefit for Housing Works October 12 in NYC | The Official Ben Folds Site


Sep 27, 2010

Beloved musician Ben Folds and acclaimed author Nick Hornby will co-headline Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café in NYC on Tuesday October 12, 2010, to explore the cross-pollination of music and literature while raising funds for Housing Works, a New York-based HIV/AIDS service organization. Presented by SPIN and moderated by the magazine’s deputy editor Steve Kandell, the event will also celebrate the release of Hornby and Folds' collaborative album, Lonely Avenue, which hits stores September 28. Selected videos from the event will be posted on following the event.

SIRIUS XM Book Radio (SIRIUS channel 117/XM channel 163), the 24/7 channel devoted to books and authors, will broadcast the evening as a special “SIRIUS XM Book Radio Presents: Liner Notes - Music and Words from Ben Folds and Nick Hornby" on November 5 at 7 p.m. EST and again November 7 at 7 p.m. EST. The Spectrum (SIRIUS channel 18/XM channel 45), SIRIUS XM’s 100 percent commercial-free music channel that plays rock from the past, present and future, will air the Folds-Hornby performance on November 18 at 9 p.m. EST.

Lonely Avenue’s 11 musical short stories feature music and vocals by Folds and lyrics by Hornby, with string arrangements by influential pop string arranger Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John, Leonard Cohen).

“I felt like I’d found something rare on eBay,” says Folds. “Nick should have done it before but it’s his first big effort and I feel like I really scored here. He’s the person who makes you feel the goose bumps at the chorus and you don’t know why.”

“At this stage in my career, I want to collaborate with all the talented people I can find, and I’ve always been a big fan of Ben Folds’ music,” Hornby says of working with Folds. “It’s been a real privilege to watch and listen to Ben at work, and I’ve learned a lot about how proper songwriters like Ben think.”

Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed platinum-selling Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording three studio albums in addition to a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances and a remix record. Folds also recently released Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!, a collection of his songs performed by college groups. In 2009 Folds was featured as a judge on NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing Off (a role he will reprise later this year on the show’s second season). Folds previously collaborated with Hornby on a song for the Folds-produced William Shatner album Has Been.

Nick Hornby often writes about music, musicians, and music lovers in his fiction and nonfiction work. His six novels, some of which have been turned into successful films, are High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked (just released in paperback). He has also published several works of non-fiction, including Fever Pitch, Songbook (a collection of essays about songs that influenced his life), and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, as well as a book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. Hornby wrote the screenplay for the film An Education for which he was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The “Liner Notes” series sprung from's Book Club series, where an eclectic collection of literary-minded musicians recommended and discussed books that have influenced their songwriting and musical careers. The Book Club, created and spearheaded by writer and music journalist Emily Zemler, highlighted the influence of literature on music, promote literacy, foster a love of reading among music fans, and raise money for nonprofit organizations. This is the fourth Liner Notes event, a series established and organized by Zemler with the help of SPIN and Housing Works.

The premiere event, headlined by musician Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara) and author Augusten Burroughs, was held on September 4, 2008. A pairing of musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman followed on June 3, 2009, and a collaboration between author Salman Rushdie and Bay Area rockers Dredg was held October 1, 2009. Combined, the three events have raised over $25,000 for Housing Works.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a nonprofit bookstore, cafe and event venue stocked entirely by donations and run largely by volunteers. The store hosts readings, concerts, panels, parties, stand-up comedy, spelling bees, trivia nights and more; offers great coffee, wine and beer, homemade baked goods and snacks; free wi-fi; and the opportunity to rent the space for private events. All proceeds benefit Housing Works, the nation's largest community-based AIDS service organization. Since 1990, more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS have received lifesaving services including housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education and social support.

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SPIN Presents Liner Notes
with Nick Hornby and Ben Folds
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Doors 7 p.m.
Show 7:30 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince)
Subway: W, R to Prince; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker
General Information: (212) 334-3324
$35 and donation of a new or gently used book
Tickets are on-sale now at

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