Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy

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in Helena, Montana, The United States
October 05, 1974



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Colin Patrick Henry Meloy (born October 5, 1974) is the lead singer and songwriter for the Portland, Oregon folk-rock band The Decemberists. In addition to his vocal duties, he plays acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, and percussion. As of 2005, Meloy has written a 100-page book on The Replacements' fourth album, Let It Be, released as part of the 33⅓ series.

Meloy was born in Helena, Montana. His sister is Maile Meloy, an author often published in The New Yorker. He first attended the University of Oregon before going to the University of Montana, where he majored in creative writing. He then moved to Portland, where he met future bandmates Jenny Conlee and Nate Query. Prior to being in The Decemberists,...more

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Hey Detroit! My alienologist son and I collaborated on a body of work for People’s Biennial which is opening this Friday at MOCAD. We’ve documented a variety of aliens to help educate you on the subject and to introduce their plight to the greater world. As Hank Meloy would say, “Most aliens are very misunderstood.” So come on down if you’re in the neighborhood. We’d love to see y...

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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicl...
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Under Wildwood (Wildwood Ch...
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Wildwood Imperium (Wildwood...
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Let it Be
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“We are the inheritors of a wonderful world, a beautiful world, full of life and mystery, goodness and pain. But likewise are we the children of an indifferent universe. We break our own hearts imposing our moral order on what is, by nature, a wide web of chaos.”
Colin Meloy, Wildwood

“As she walked, she breathed a quick benediction to the patron saint of sleuthing. "Nancy Drew," she whispered, "be with me now.”
Colin Meloy, Wildwood

“And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones...”
Colin Meloy


What Book Shall We Read in October?

I have chosen books that are getting a lot of attention and were published in July and August. Feel free to add books to the list, if they were published in July and August 2011

If you get the chance, check and see what your library has before you vote.

  10 votes 24.4%

  8 votes 19.5%

  7 votes 17.1%

  5 votes 12.2%

  4 votes 9.8%

Summer I learned to fly (write-in)
  3 votes 7.3%

  2 votes 4.9%

  1 vote 2.4%

  1 vote 2.4%

41 total votes
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