Beck’s Song Reader

Beck’s Next Release Will Be A DIY Songbook
 ~ via Prefix ~~Looks like musicians are re-thinking transmission of their art in the digital age similarly to authors/publishers. But instead of an E-reader…one known-eccentric-troubador is going retro.

Psyche/folk wanderer of weird/whimsical/whacked-out post-apocalyptic beatnik-bop goes Book-ish for his next album (out in December) Singer/songwriter Beck Hanson is just one of those ‘what’ll-he-think-of-next’ kinda’ creators. Some of his eclectic ventures fall flat while others sufficiently spin-heads and turn-various-ears-on-end. This time, for his forthcoming Song Reader, he’s featuring 20 individual song booklets spanning 108 pages detailing the new songs (with two instrumentals). It’s coming out on equally indie-chic publishing collective McSweeney’s (the flagship of Dave Eggers’ and his curious crew).

“The Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012,” so says Beck via his main site. “…bringing them to life depends on you.”

“Readers’ (and select musicians’) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney’s website.”


In other Book News:  The Artist Who Inspired Maurice Sendak Finally Gets His Due – documentary on Tomi Ungerer  ~ via The Atlantic –

The trailer looks dazzling and the story is quite intriguing; the daring/eccentric illustrator behind Crictor -the Boa Constrictor is credited as an integral force in bringing the beloved Where The Wild Things to life. Read on.

Robert Ludlum’s ostensibly-immortal Bourne series is getting re-booted this weekend in the big multiplexes via the Bourne Legacy; meanwhile, contemporary authors have resurrected or re-imagined iconic heroes of past series, like James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, brash undertakings sometimes yielding mixed results. Well, John Banville, Booker-Prize winner for 05’s The Sea, can rest assured that when he takes on seminal-hard-boiled/noir-inspiring-mystery writer Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe it’ll be with the confidence that he was chosen particularly by the author’s estate.

Can John Banville resuscitate Philip Marlowe? ~ via the Guardian’s Book Blog~~ Raymond Chandler’s estate have chosen John Banville to write a new Philip Marlowe novel – but can he capture the hero’s loneliness and the bleak glitter of LA?


And then… Just wondering, whenever Microsoft gets its new tablet, Surface, fired up and out to the public, how will it suffice as an E-Reader?

How Will the Microsoft Surface Tablet Function as an e-Reader? ~ via the Good-E-Reader

So what’s this going to mean for the rest of the devices on the shelf?

Microsoft Surface Could Kill the Barnes & Noble Nook ~ via U.S. News

We’ll see…

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2 Responses to Beck’s Song Reader

  1. Beck is either brilliant or a mixture between arrogant and ignorant. On the one hand I’m intrigued. It can turn into an exciting exchange between musicians interpreting his songs, probably on youtube. Anyone can try to create their own version instead of just covering what you hear from the CD.

    On the other hand I don’t like that Beck’s release will create exclusion. Many musicians don’t read sheet music (I only started learning it end of last year). I wonder if someone will go ahead and translate it into tabs?

    Depending on the price of this “lavishly” produced reader I’d be up for joining the project and trying to play some of the songs. I wonder if other enthusiasts will follow, or if only lovers of art (visual) will buy the reader to put it on the coffee table?

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