Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
David is on vacation this week, but the office has been haunted by the sound of his voice, which kicks off this trailer for the upcoming Fleshtones feature length documentary, Pardon Us For Living but the Graveyard Is Full. The trailer also features Handsome Dick Manitoba, Peter Buck of REM, and our very own Joe Bonomo, who wrote the book on the Fleshtones.
Speaking of.... There is a great review of the book in this month's Skyscraper Magazine:
"[Bonomo] makes plain how The Fleshtones became, and remain, one of the great live experiences, even when playing to an empty house, at no time pandering to expectations, while defending pure rock’n’roll, mining and mixing rhythm and blues, sixties rock, soul and disco, and what now passes for roots rock. While Sweat amply illustrates The Fleshtones dedication to truth, tradition, and fun (blue whales are not just seafaring mammals), Bonomo’s narrative is more than just recollections and good times. Bonomo has also penned an examination of broken lives, shattered promises (including management woes and label issues), brain-numbing hangovers, drug addiction, alcoholism, and elusive opportunities."And I liked this review from Tone & Groove:
"Besides being a thorough bio of the band and its members, and a great NYC timepiece, Sweat takes a good hard look at the music industry, of bands who don't quite make it, who are as good or better than bands who do make it, and what their lives are like. It's a story of fighting against the odds with persistence and conviction, but this book certainly isn't just about struggle; it's filled with humor, fun, weirdness, bizarre coincidences, and heady descriptions of their most glorious shows and triumphs."There was also a nice little mention on Pop Music As Pornography.
This is a little far in the future, but Joe will be signing at his hometown Borders in DeKalb, IL, April 5, at 2 pm.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Attention, rock geeks: Get yourself over to the Housing Works bookstore for a reading from the 33 1/3 series of chapbooks about seminal records. (Previous highlight: “Doolittle,” a slender volume on the Pixies album courtesy of The New York Times’s own Ben Sisario.) The authors Kim Cooper, Amanda Petrusich and Andrew Hultkrans will explain their affection for the albums “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” (Neutral Milk Hotel), “Pink Moon” (Nick Drake) and “Forever Changes” (Love) — and why those albums should mean something to you, too. Hey, maybe you’ll even be moved to buy them.
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A reading and conversation with 33 1/3 authors Kim Cooper (Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea), Andrew Hultkrans (Love's Forever Changes), Amanda Petrusich (Nick Drake's Pink Moon), and Kate Schatz (PJ Harvey's Rid of Me). With Q& A, signing and reception.
All you need to do is send them your own version of the album's classic cover art, and Mr. Darnielle will pick the winners.
The full story is here.
Monday, March 10, 2008
New additional entries in the paperback include:
Bob Dylan: The Collection 
Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series [2007
Dennis-Dylan, Desiree [1986 - ]
Dylan, last solo concert by 
Haynes, Todd [1961 - ]
I’m Not There [film, 2007]
Lerner, Murray [192? - ]
Man Without Papers, The [TV drama, 1965]
Modern Times 
Other Side Of The Mirror, The [film, 2007]
Paradise Cove [film, 1999]
65 Revisited [film, 2006]
21st Century Dylan songs written for films
And entries that have been updated from the hardcover edition include:
‘Am I Your Stepchild?’
American Civil War in World Gone Wrong, the
Barker, Derek & Tracy
Blowin’ In the Wind
blues, external signals of Dylan’s interest in
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bootleg Series Vol.5
Bringing It All Back Home
Brown, Richard Rabbit
Chronicles Volume OneClancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
co-option of real music by advertising, the
Don’t Look Back
Drawn Blank 
earliest extant recordings, Dylan’s
Elliott, Ramblin’ Jack
Estes, Sleepy John
folk music, American, black
Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The: withdrawn early version
Fuller, Blind Boy
Gleason, Ralph J.
Grateful Dead, the
‘The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar’
guitars, Bob Dylan’s acoustic
Hammond, John Jr.
Highway 61 Revisited
Ian & Sylvia
‘In Search of Little Sadie’/‘Little Sadie’
Johnnie & Jack
Like A Rolling Stone
McTell, Blind Willie
Madhouse On Castle Street, theMarcus, Greil
Maymudes, Victor [1935 - 2001]
musical accompanists to Dylan, other
nursery rhyme on Under the Red Sky
‘People Get Ready’
Poe, Edgar Allan
Stanley Brothers, the
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
Time Out Of Mind
“Michael Gray’s book [is] probably the most comprehensive work on the subject, and also one of the most entertaining. The scale of research is colossal.” The Guardian
“This massive effort…is an amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work.” Library Journal
“This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style and asks to be read, not just consulted.” Village Voice
“Michael Gray… outdistances them all with this voluminous collection.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Michael Gray… is arguably the pre-eminent Dylan scholar - enviably knowledgeable, scabrously tart … [his] irreverence is one of the joys of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.” Sunday Herald
“an authoritative reference tome...Gray’s critical powers remain top rank… and it will be well nigh impossible for you to ever just dip in and read only one entry.” Guitar and Bass Magazine
“The book thrives on unexpected connections and little-known facts… Gray’s passionate subjectivity mirrors his subject’s wholly idiosyncratic journey through life, as well as the complexities and contradictions that make Dylan who he is… Gray’s approach is characterized by a mixture of undiluted opinion and genuine fairness…There is an endearingly spontaneous feel about the book, unusual for something so rich and weighty.” Times Literary Supplement
“There is always room for a volume as utterly brilliant as Michael Gray’s Bob Dylan Encyclopedia… for everyone from the most hardened Bobcat to the general music lover. Strikingly intelligent, poetic, subtly humorous and buzzing with an awareness of the richness of life, he’s the perfect match for his subject.” What’s On in London
“Thoroughly researched and highly idiosyncratic, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is a fascinating reference - with essential information and cool arcana.” Rolling Stone
“It stands comparison with David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Cinema as a sustained piece of entertaining opinionated heartfelt and argumentative writing masquerading as an objective gazetteer… the book is thronged with life.” London Evening Standard
If you're in a position to review this paperback edition, and would be interested in receiving a review copy of it upon publication, drop me an email - david at continuum-books dot com.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Here's one for the song "Grace Cathedral Hill", written by Colin Meloy, author of the 33 1/3 volume on the Replacements' Let It Be.
And here's another, for "There Goes the Sun", written by Joe Pernice, author of the 33 1/3 volume on the Smiths' Meat Is Murder. (Joe's currently working on his first full-length novel, which I'm looking forward to greatly.)
Anybody know anything about this trend?
Thursday, March 06, 2008
All of which is a hopelessly irrelevant way of saying that we have some more coverage for Carl Wilson's book about Celine.
1. An interview with Carl in the Onion's AV Club.
2. A piece on book by Dave Stelfox, at the Guardian's music blog.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
"If you are reading this because it is your darling fragrance, please wear it at home exclusively, and tape the windows shut."
And Lanchester's review also contains the perfect sentence:
"It is as if the history of painting had proceeded via the invention of new colors."
Anyhow, do read the review - it's a fantastic piece of writing. And if you're new to Lanchester, I can highly recommend his novel from 7 or 8 years ago, Mr. Phillips.
* Case in point: when I purchased some shaving cream in a department store in Dallas the other day, the cashier was kind enough to put two samples in the bag - one for a scent by Prada (which I still haven't tried), the other a scent by Hermes which I just assumed was made for men - why else would she have given me the sample? - and which describes itself as "The unexpected caress of leather among flowers." So I tried it and loved it, only to find out that (a) it's for women and (b) in the delicate words of Gabriella in the office here, it "smells like old ladies."
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I wanted to take a quick break from the usual 33 1/3 fare and mention some things that have been happening with another of our music-related books called Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band. (Incidentally, Sweat is quite possibly the only book that I've ever worked on that is batting 1000 when it comes to 5-star Amazon reviews. 15 for 15. Not too shabby.)
Speaking of the new album, the Fleshtones are in the midst of a tour to support Take A Good Look, which released in January. You can listen to some tracks from the new album and get the dates on the band's myspace page (mostly Texas and East Coast, with a little bit of Ohio).
Jumpin From 6 To 6 out of France has also published a nice review.
And last but certainly not least, Sweat was namechecked in Ken Tucker's nice review of Take a Good Look on NPR as well. Ken also included Sweat in his "Top 5 Reasons to Live" video podcast for Entertainment Weekly.
There's also a review of the book on the way from Skyscraper Magazine and an interview with Trap Door Sun, so keep your eyes out for those... And Joe will be signing his book at his friendly neighborhood Borders store in Dekalb, Illinois on April 5th.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Jeff Roesgen's manuscript for his book on Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, which we'll be publishing in the second half of this year, has me falling ass over tit for this album - so much so that if you held a musket to my head today and asked me to name my favourite record of all time, I'd cheerfully nominate this one.
A third of Jeff's book documents the making of the album, with input from all of the Pogues except Shane and Cait. The other two thirds, woven through the narrative, place the band on board The Medusa as she makes her fateful voyage from France to Senegal. It's a remarkably effective technique. I'd always thought of this record as a product of the post-punk politics of 1980s England and Ireland - but by placing the band in the early 19th Century with a surrounding cast of soldiers, officers, navvies, as well as profoundly incompetent members of the ruling class, Roesgen highlights the extraordinary achievement of the Pogues on this album. It's a glorious celebration of the underdog, of the destitute and the downtrodden.
Below is the great painting by Gericault, that the band adapted for the album cover.
And here's a very short fan clip of "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" from a 2004 Brixton Academy show, which should send shivers down your spine, if you have one.