Favorite bands :
Just about all classic rock, but to name a few...
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden, Mettallica, Victor Wooten, Charlie Parker, The Who, Black Sabbath, Rush, Yes, The stones, Led Zepplen, Van Halen, Greenday, Aerosmith, Ac/Dc, countless others.
Favorite guitarists :
The guitarest's from my favorite bands, and Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, all the others.
Favorite bassists :
Victor Wooten, C.F. Turner, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee, John Paul Jones, Leon from Skynyrd, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton, Jason Newstead, Robert Truijo, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, and many many more.
Favorite books :
Anything by Bernard Cornwell, The Illiad and The Odyssey, Virgil's The Aeneid, Lao Szu's The Art of War, Nicollo Machievele's The Prince, and many, many more.