anything by john krakauer is a great read. he tends to focus on mountaineering feats, extreme situations and tragedies, but not so much about mountain men. my sister's old college roomie once boasted that her dream man would be a mountain man. she ended up marrying a metro.
i'll listen to anything , but i've usually relied on my jersey-born music snob guitarist buddy to educate me about bands that i've never heard/ seen - some of the first ones were the melvins, skeleton key, slint, les savy fav, shellac, the jesus lizard, tomahawk, don caballero, failure, autolux, etc...love live music, tend to check out the casbah once in awhile; plus, they serve pbr tallboys. Some memorable shows were helmet, fu Manchu, the melvins, qui, and a smiths/ Morrissey cover band.