Greg Kihn chooses books over the news

The singer, who appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 9, enjoys Stephen King's novels and weighty biographies.
Published November 2 2018

We talked to singer Kihn by phone from his home in Walnut Creek, Calif., recently. Kihn, who will be part of the Best in Show Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 9 (rescheduled from Aug. 24), is also the author of several novels and a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and the editor of a collection of original fiction by fellow musicians. Kihn is widely recognized for his 1980s MTV-driven love songs like Jeopardy and The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write 'Em), and he continues to hold songs concerning the romantic heart in high regard. “Actually, I think love and love songs are doing well. A great example is Ed Sheeran. His stuff is beautiful,” he said. “I really enjoy what I’m seeing as I tour with the younger artists. When love blooms, it leaves a mark. You don’t forget it, and writing about it comes from a certain place. We need to keep it going.’’

What’s on your nightstand?

I love Stephen King. I’m reading his new one, The Outsider. What an imagination the guy has. It’s great. I just finished Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson, too. It really goes into Ben’s way of dealing with life. Here’s a guy who had gout and other health problems, but he was taking six-month voyages to England and France, which I’m sure was not easy. I also read Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe. It dealt with complicated stuff. I had to read a few chapters three or four times. I’m always reading. I used to watch TV, but I can’t watch anymore. It’s just too horrible. So, I come home, sit and crack a book.