Liner Notes #2

Is it really June, already? We can’t believe it, but we’re excited to be headed to Bonnaroo again this year to create a pop-up library of food and music books and hold a few mini LoFi Book & Record Club discussions. More on that in a second.

But first, we just want to say thank you again to those who joined us at LoFi Book & Record Club at City House earlier this year. We had an enlightening discussion with Tallu Schuyler Quinn, executive director of The Nashville Food Project, around Feed the Resistance by Julia Turshen. Staff from the food project prepared lentil soup from the book, and Tallu also shared her playlist inspired by the book. We’re grateful to City House for opening their space to us (and their bar where they donated proceeds to the ACLU). We’re still planning to hold more of these book clubs as schedules and space allows, so please stay tuned...

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In the meantime, if you’re headed to Bonnaroo, come see us! Our library in the nonprofit Planet Roo section of the festival is expanded this year both in space and volume of books. We’re adding a newsstand too with copies of food and music magazines from old-standbys like Rolling Stone and Food & Wine to independent pubs like Cherry Bombe and Gravy, a publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance. 

We’re also excited to be sharing our library space with Good Golly Tamale. Those who purchase a tamale will receive our LoFi bookmarks and a card with all our scheduled discussions and playlists over the course of the festival. We’re informally calling it a LoFi Lunchbox (though we hear these tamales are great for breakfast too especially after yoga, which also takes place daily at Planet Roo).

We’ve posted the schedule of mini book clubs at Bonnaroo below. We’ll be reading from The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty on the Solar Stage on Thursday and raising questions about inclusion through food and music. On Friday, we’ll read more from Feed the Resistance and discuss revolution, and on Saturday, we’ll read some stories from Cherry Bombe magazine’s #86THIS series and talk about home cooking’s role as a feminist act.

Of course we’ll be posting on social media about all of this, so please follow along.

We look forward to seeing you on the Farm or back in Nashville soon!

The LoFi Team

Bonnaroo Schedule

INCLUSION through food and music
Solar Stage | Thursday, 3:45pm
Reading from:
The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty
We the People - Tribe Called Quest
Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
w/ Mary Lambert
Everyday People – Sly and the Family Stone

REVOLUTION through food and music
The LoFi Library at Planet Roo | Friday, 2pm
Reading from:
Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley

GENDER EQUALITY through food and music
The Academy | Saturday, 12pm
Reading from:
Cherry Bomb magazine’s #86this series
Home Cooking Can Be a Feminist Act – Nigella Lawson
Pay Gap – Margo Price
Sam Jones Blues – Bessie Smith
The Pill –Loretta Lynn

The first LoFi book club at City House

The first LoFi book club at City House

Introducing Liner Notes, a LoFi newsletter

Welcome to first edition of LoFi’s Liner Notes, a newsletter to keep you updated on events and occasionally provide reported stories about food and music, as well as playlists from chefs and recipes from musicians.

We created LoFi as an experiment and response to a culture of screens, gadgets and social media arguments. We believe music and food, instead, can help us understand other perspectives and recognize our common humanity. It helps us feel on a deeper level to get us out of heads and into our hearts. So, with LoFi, we want to create opportunities for disconnecting digitally and reconnecting in real life—to celebrate the lo-fidelity in books, music and face-to-face conversation.

We launched LoFi at Bonnaroo last year, and we’re happy to say our little project was well-received.


We offered a pop-up library at the festival and a few mini book clubs around themes like inclusion and mother earth. There’s a lot going on at Bonnaroo, so we were thrilled that guests stopped by our booth to chat and check out books – and mostly even bring them back!

After Bonnaroo it has taken us a minute (between jobs and life demands) to figure out where to take LoFi next. But as we kick off 2018, we’re ready and excited to announce some upcoming events.

First up, we’re launching the LoFi Book & Record Club. We’ll be pairing a food book with a record or playlist in an ongoing series. The inaugural club pairs Feed the Resistance by Julia Turshen with a playlist curated by Tallu Schuyler Quinn of The Nashville Food Project. We’ll read, listen and then gather to discuss at CITY HOUSE at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (this is a revised date and location!). Tallu will be our special guest to talk about the book, her playlist (she grew up in a music-loving family with a songwriter father, and she sings too!), as well as her incredible work with food in this community.

You can find Feed the Resistance at local bookstores like Her Bookshop in East Nashville or Parnassus Books in Green Hills. You don’t have to finish reading the book (or read it all) to attend the discussion. But it is a slim little number packed with excellent essays and recipes. Proceeds from the book also benefit the ACLU. As you read and maybe even cook from the book, take a listen to Tallu’s playlist on Spotify, or from the list below.

Then we hope to see you on Feb. 13—reserve your spot today!

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Tallu's Playlist

Famine - Sinead O'Connor
Glory – Common
Rise of the Black Messiah – Indigo Girls
Revolution - Tracy Chapman
Subdivision - Ani Difranco
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Stones in the Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Rape of the World - Tracy Chapman
The Lion’s Share – 10,000 Maniacs
The World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg
Pride - U2
Hello, Birmingham – Ani Difranco
Tether – Indigo Girls
One Voice - Wailing Jennys
When I'm Gone - Phil Ochs
One Step Closer to You - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Faye Tucker (+ hidden track right after Philosophy of Loss) – Indigo Girls
Who’s So Scared - Disappear Fear
Some Other Town – Susan Werner
Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
The Women Gather – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Pendulum Swinger – Indigo Girls
All My Relations – Ulali
Go - Indigo Girls
We Are the Ones – Sweet Honey in the Rock