Mark Hoppus

 

A musician’s dive into three gripping reads.

 

 

In 1999, the California-based trio Blink-182 burst onto the charts with infectious tunes like "What's My Age Again?" and "All the Small Things." Combining high-energy songcraft with a potent live act, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker quickly earned a standout place in the era's pop-punk Renaissance. After a four-year hiatus, Blink-182 returned to touring and recording -- and the acclaim of fans worldwide -- in 2009. The groups's bassist and singer Mark Hoppus spoke with us about his three favorite books.

 

Music by Mark Hoppus

 

 


 

Shadow Divers

By Robert Kurson

 

"It's the true story of a group of scuba divers who discover a sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. It's a thrilling, can't-put-it-down type of book, as they search to identify a submarine with no record of having been where it was found."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Red Dragon

By Thomas Harris

 

"I read this book back when I was in Junior High. It freaked me out It's the original CSI! It gave me nightmares for months and made me want to become a crime scene investigator -- but I started playing bass instead."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler

 

"Based in Los Angeles during the '40s -- it's crime, suspense, tough guys, detectives, gorgeous women. The foundation of Los Angeles film noir. There's a reason Humphrey Bogart starred in the film adaptation."

 

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Watching Them Be

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Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.