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What Brian Eno is reading

Brian_EnoBrian Eno may take a back seat to the likes of Bono or the Edge in terms of superstardom, yet for the last couple of decades he’s been instrumental in creating the sound behind megaband U2’s biggest hits, also recently producing Coldplay’s Viva La Vida—last year’s biggest selling album. Now he’s gearing up for another pop-rock release with U2 titled, No Line On The Horizon. But Eno’s also made a name for himself on his own as one of the pioneer’s of early ambient electronic music, releasing several solo albums in the seventies and eighties that have since come to define the genre.
jacket imageIf your familiar with that work with its Gregorian-chant-like monophonic drones, it might make sense that Eno also enjoys reading about medieval culture. Our publicist in the UK, Whitney Linder, noticed next to a recent interview with Eno in the Telegraph a boxed feature titled “What Eno’s Reading at the Moment”—one of his five titles: A Day in a Medieval City by Chiara Frugoni.
The little feature on Eno’s reading material isn’t available online, so, unless you’ve got last Saturday’s Telegraph lining your birdcage, you’ll have to take our word for it. Take a look at the interview though, to find out who wrote that 3.25 second burst of music “that announces that Windows on your computer is springing to life.”