Side Jams, Episode 3: Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick loves music and books too!
(Photo credit: Evelyn Steiweg.)

Guitarist Alex Skolnick is known for his musical prowess in both heavy metal (Testament, Metal Allegiance) and jazz (The Alex Skolnick Trio). He also loves books, so I thought it would be fitting to meet him at the Strand Book Store in NYC to discuss all things literary. We wander the stacks, from fiction to pulp fiction to rare books, to discuss his favorite authors, titles, how he reads and even where. Our chat spans the gamut from the obscure to the popular, and we discover some great finds in the process.

This was a nice change of pace from doing a phone interview or something at a record label office. Those other interviews can yield great things too, but this was more spontaneous and fun!

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