When preparing to tour, most groups arrange a reliable supply of pharmaceuticals, exotic porn, and a month’s worth of underpants (for a fastidious quartet, that’s four pairs.)
Franz Ferdinand, on the other hand, ask their fans what books they should read to while away those boring moments in airports, record company waiting rooms and blank-faced hotel rooms. They received hundreds of recommendations, and put it to a vote. The selected book was One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Naturally.
Now, the band members are blogging on their progress, and their fans are apparently joining in, reading the Nobel Prize-winning author’s opus in a gesture of solidarity with the band.
Going back to the Guardian article, several of the article’s commenters point out that Franz Ferdinand are not the first band to encourage literary pursuits among their fans. Duran Duran’s Simon le Bon has apparently maintained a book club for years.