These are St Vincent’s 34 favourite books

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St Vincent has shared and discussed a list of her all-time favourite books.

With Annie Clarke having appeared on KLRX Radio’s Unbound Book Club podcast on numerous occasions, now the website Radical Reads has collected all of her selections for the below list. Check them out along with all four episodes of Clarke on the podcast.

“I’ve always wanted to make music like people write plays, so I was inspired by writers as much as musicians,” said Clarke of her relationship with the written word. “I was a lusty kid who loved Tennessee Williams.”


White Girls by Hilton Als
Malcolm X At Oxford Union: Radical Politics In A Global Era by Saladin Ambar
A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
Mythologies by Roland Barthes
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges
The Night of the Gun by David Carr
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
The White Album by Joan Didion
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Magus by John Fowles
Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Journals of Spalding Gray by Spalding Gray
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Animal Love by Werner Herzog
The Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog
Air Guitar by David Hickey
The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain


The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain
Bark by Lorrie Moore
Birds Of America by Lorrie Moore
I Am the New Black by Tracy Morgan
The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning by Maggie Nelson
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
The Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas
Submission by Michel Houellebecq
When Marina Abramovic Dies by James Westcott
The Collected Plays by Tennessee Williams
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, And The Prison Of Belief by Lawrence Wright

After promising to shake things up by reintroducing a full band into her live show, St Vincent recently recently stormed both weekends of Coachella 2018 with her blistering new production.

St Vincent tour dates and tickets

St Vincent’s full upcoming UK tour dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here.

3 June – London – Victoria Park, All Points East with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
26 August – Edinburgh – Edinburgh Playhouse
28 August – Leeds – O2 Academy
29 August – Cambridge – Corn Exchange
31 August – End Of The Road Festival