Bands pimp out their songs so readily for commercials these days that it's almost quaint to remember the days when that Just Was Not Done. But there are a few holdouts like John Densmore, drummer for 1960s rock icons The Doors, who has resisted numerous sellout attempts over the years - including his surviving former bandmates' attempts to trade on the band's name long after Jim Morrison's death. Densmore chronicles a lot of the sordid legal history in his book, "The Doors: Unhinged" (Percussive Press), copies of which he'll be signing at 7 p.m. Monday at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh. Admission is free. See schoolkidsrecords.com for details.
Also on the literary-musician front is John Darnielle, singer-songwriter behind the Durham-based folk-rock band Mountain Goats. Darnielle's first novel, "Wolf in White Van" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), is out this month and already earning rave endorsements like "utterly magnificent" from comedian John Hodgman. Darnielle will do a reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. Admission is $5, good for a $5 discount on the book. See motorcomusic.com for details.