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"Songs 101" with Don Dixon

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North Carolina underground pop legend Don Dixon is playing a show in a nightclub in Raleigh next week, not doing a reading in a bookstore. But his latest release is actually a book rather than a record, "Songs 101," which compiles the lyrics to 101 of Dixon's songs from over the years.

"About 10 years ago, I started thinking about the idea of picking songs worthy of look at as opposed to just being heard," he said. "Just to see what they looked like on the page. That was the idea driving it. The book doesn't reproduce every word, the repeats of choruses -- although choruses do show up twice if they need to. It's more about the intent of the content in written version."

Dixon plays Tuesday at Raleigh's Berkeley Cafe. See the interview in Friday's paper for more details on that; and here's some back verbiage.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.