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    HIGH FIVE: Scott Heim

    John Gransky

    If you’re a music nerd, Scott Heim is the guy you should corner at a party. He can hold court on ’50s bubblegum pop (Connie Francis), then get teary-eyed about modern indie rock (Beach House), and end the night discussing the merits of country queens (Dolly Parton). I’ve had that exact conversation with him, maybe twice.

    In other words, Heim, a voracious music fan who’s a Boston-based writer (including the novels “Mysterious Skin” and “We Disappear”), is the perfect person to edit a new e-book series called “The First Time I Heard.”

    Last year, bolstered by a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $12,000, Heim enlisted close to 200 people — musicians, writers, journalists — to wax rhapsodic in first-person essays about their initial experiences with David Bowie, the Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, Kate Bush, and Cocteau Twins.


    We recently asked Heim whom he had in mind for the next five installments in the series, which he hopes to have ready by mid or late summer.

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    1. ABBA. “Tanya Donelly [from Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and Belly] is going to write something.”

    2. Roxy Music. “I wasn’t going to do one on Roxy Music, but two people who apparently really like Roxy Music and are interested in writing are Robyn Hitchcock and George [Lewis Jr.] from Twin Shadow.”

    3. My Bloody Valentine. “A lot of the people who contributed in the first round mentioned how influenced they were by My Bloody Valentine.”

    4. R.E.M. “I’ve had a lot of good responses to that one.”


    5. Kraftwerk. “I’d love to get big-name electronic musicians, like the brothers from Orbital, to contribute.”


    For more information on “The First Time I Heard,” including where to buy the e-books, go to