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Caveboy's Michelle Bensimon on why you should read Charles Bukowski

The Montreal musician talks about how Charles Bukowski's What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire has influenced how she writes song lyrics.
Canadian musician Michelle Bensimon was inspired by Charles Bukowski's writing when she first began writing lyrics.

Michelle Bensimon from the Montreal indie pop group Caveboy is reading Charles Bukowski's collection of poetry and short stories, What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire. She loves Bukowski and her own creative process is influenced by his work. This interview originally aired on December 7, 2015.


When I first started reading Bukowski, I was in university and I'd never really written music or lyrics before. When I started reading Bukowski, I realized that the stream of consciousness that I was writing down might make sense in a more poetic form. It really helped shape my lyrical style.

Michelle Bensimon's comments have been edited and condensed.

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