Rebecca Gates

Musician Rebecca Gates cites Curtis Mayfield as a hero, SCTV as a laugh-fest, and old craft magazines as inspiration.

DOB: 8 April, 1964

What do you do: Play and write music, organize people, consider where to go next.

Favorite Books: So many different shades of favourite … Geronimo Rex, Barry Hannah, any high quality reference book, old craft magazines, So Long See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell.

Heroes: Ah a loaded word in these times. I’d have to say I find my friends quite inspiring…as far as recognizable names, I’d opt for Curtis Mayfield, Anne Bancroft, lady artists. Smart no bullshit humans are pretty ace.

What makes you laugh: The folks I play music with and SCTV.

Charity worth giving to: Check for your local hunger relief or literacy advocacy agencies.

Five words that sound good: Cinnamon, Incorrigible, Sleep, Phosphorescence, Holyshit.

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin