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Kalle Mattson thinks The Wire is the greatest TV show ever — and loves this book about it

The Ottawa singer-songwriter loved reading All the Pieces Matter by Jonathan Abrams.
Kalle Mattson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. (Colin Medley, Three Rivers Press)

Kalle Mattson is an Ottawa-based singer-songwriter. The alternative rock musician has performed both as a solo artist and as the leader of an eponymous band, and he's been nominated for a Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize.

In addition to being a book lover, he's a huge fan of The Wire, a television show he regards as one of the best programs ever.

He stopped by The Next Chapter to share why he loved All the Pieces Matter by Jonathan Abrams.

"It is an oral history that came out on the 10-year anniversary of The Wire — which in my honest opinion is the greatest TV show ever. The Wire ushered in the era of peak television, which everyone sort of lumps in with The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. It still remains relevant today; it tackles race, politics, drugs, the media and industrialization.

The Wire ushered in the era of peak television, which everyone sort of lumps in with The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad.- Kalle Mattson

"The book includes hundreds of interviews from all the actors and writers. David Simon, who is the creator of the show, comes across as a genius who had a plan the entire time but also comes across as a jerk the entire time as well.

"There's so many interesting things here for people that are fans of the show in the book."

Watch Kalle Mattson perform the song Without You on CBC Music

Kalle Mattson performs 'Without You' for CBC Music. 6:54

Kalle Mattson's comments have been edited for length and clarity.


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