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