Before Haruki Murakami was a big name author, he was an aspiring musician. He even opened a coffeehouse and jazz bar, called the Peter Cat, owing to his deep devotion to jazz and classical music. Supposedly, he has more than 10,000 vinyls in a personal record collection.
According to Electric Literature, Open Culture is providing access to just a snippet of that collection, making 3,350 of the songs available in a Spotify playlist, featuring the likes of Bobby Hackett and the Oscar Peterson Trio, among others.
So it’s not the same thing as having the Japanese award-winner serve as a private DJ for your next wedding or bat mitzvah, but it’s still a musical glimpse into one of the greatest authors of his generation.
Besides, if his works and background are any indication, Murakami probably has some great musical taste.
Feature image courtesy of Vinyloftheday.com