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New York City (2000 – 2012)

The story of The Books began in 2000, when Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong met through a friend in New York City. Sharing similar interests but different backgrounds in acoustic music and found sound, Zammuto and de Jong took their sonic experiments to the studio. Eventually, with some urging by Tom Steinle of Tomlab Records, they created what would become their debut record, ‘Thought for Food’, in 2002. Within a year, the Books relocated to Hot Springs, NC, and recorded and released ‘The Lemon of Pink’. With a lot of favorable word of mouth and critical buzz from the first two records, the Books relocated again in winter of 2004 and recorded in an old Victorian home in North Adams, MA. With the release of ‘Lost and Safe’ in April of 2005, the Books prepared to tour with their unique blend of samples and acoustic music. All three Books albums were released on Tomlab Records.

One of the most unique aspects of the band is the video compositions which play during their live performances. The videos sync with the music and provide visuals to coincide with the many found-sounds the band employs. According to the band, much of the video is pulled from home movies and ephemeral films bought from thrift stores. On their new track entitled ‘A Cold Freezin’ Night’, the many audio samples were pulled from Talkboy tapes also acquired from thrift stores.


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  • deadendskuddah

    what did i just stumble upon, this shit is great

    14 Apr 4:07am Reply
  • dubyawhy

    These guys keep blowing my mind. Somehow they just capture life in their music in a way that no other artist can do. Really disappointing they're not together anymore.

    4 Mar 12:37am Reply
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    14 Feb 8:56pm Reply
  • micahnewman

    Wish they were still making records.

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • askionkataskion

    cold freezin night!

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ubtri

    really fantastic !

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DropSoap

    This is one of the most satisfying bands I've ever listened to. It's so amazing and it surprises me that nothing sounds like it, 'cause their formula works. I love it.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Pucnik

    why did they split up?

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Yeah_Brah

    Amazing discography and also some of the best use of samples. Truly magical music.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kelsska

    death is not real/im in love with the books

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • P337

    Closing in on 10 million scrobbles all time!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Actually, all of their albums are fantastic.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Way Out is in my top 10 favorite albums ever.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • whitesharkies

    Fucking incredible

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tolvuvit

    "I am calm and calm. I am relaxed and relaxed. I am the loop that goes 'round and 'round in your head, flowing warmth."

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • k4j2

    sooooooo damnnnnnn goooooooood

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • kapoiu

    i think that the song ,,i didn t know that,, has a niceeeee video

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    What art The Books make - truly wonderful. Make sure you listen to 'Prefuse 73 Reads The Books' if you are a fan of this group - joyously clever use of their work to make totally new compositions.

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
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