Musicians and artists collaborate on an epic book of stories

By September 14, 2018 Arty, Literature

Musicians are no strangers to the literary world and a recent project has certainly shone light on this!

About a decade ago a man called Jeff Antebi, the founder of Waxploitation, had a dream of creating a book with his favourite musicians and artists. The idea was to have rock stars, illustrators, and actors collaborate on unique stories and artwork. Now 29 of those pairings make up the kooky, absorbing, and amazing project: Stories for Ways & Means.

Musicians and artists include Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Laura Marling, Alison Mosshart, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and many more.

Featured voices appear in short promo films from the likes of the great Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus.

The stories are available in book form straight from the website- from $40 (£30) for the hardback to an exclusive signed edition for $490 (£374). Proceeds go to various charities including Room to Read and Pencils of Promise.

Check out the video below for an exciting look at this rockstar collaboration!




The Lonely Giant: Narrated by Andre Royo: Written by Nick Cave

Legendary partnerships from: Frank Black + Kai & Sunny, Laura Marling + Maria Rivans, Del the Funky Homosapien + Ronzo, Spencer Krug + SEPE, John Vanderslice + James Jean, Gibby Haynes + Daniel Anum Jasper, Alec Empire + Lidia de Pedro, Kathleen Hanna + Clare Rojas, Devendra Banhart + Daniel Muñoz “SAN”, Eugene Hütz + Candice Tripp, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal + Herakut, Justin Vernon + Sage Vaughn, Elliphant + Carlín Díaz, Micachu + Kirsty Whiten, Nick Cave + Anthony Lister, Jim James + Jacob Escobedo, Song Yuzhe + Asha Zero, Alison Mosshart + Dan Baldwin, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof + Kyotaro, Jason Lytle + “Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP”, Örvar Smárason + Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir, Will Oldham + Swoon, Sera Cahoone + David Bray, Gary Numan + Cinta Vidal, Ernest Ranglin + Dave Kinsey, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan + Joe Coleman, Matthew Dear and Jennifer Dear + Josie Morway, Anna and Maria von Hausswolff + Alessia Iannetti.

Buy me on vinyl here!




CNN correspondent to write book about attacks on press

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CNN’s chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, is currently writing a book concerning governmental pressures on the free press.

It is no secret that Jim Acosta and US President Donald Trump have had more than one head-to-head during White House briefings with the press. A contentious briefing after the mid-term elections prompted Trump to suspend Acosta’s press pass, however his decision was later overturned by a federal judge.

Acosta’s book, which was being written well before Trump’s attempted ban on the CNN correspondent, will show “never-before-revealed stories of this White House’s rejection of truth, while laying out the stakes for how Trump’s hostility toward facts poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy” according to the publishers HarperCollins.

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Killing Eve Star and Charlatans Frontman Take Over a Bookshop

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Killing Eve and Doctor Who star Susan Lynch and Charlatans singer Tim Burgess have temporarily closed a bookshop in Gloucester. Cornell Books in High Street, Tewkesbury has been taken over for three days to be the filming location for Susan Lynch’s directorial début and Tim Burgess’ acting début.

The short film titled The Bookshop will star Burgess in the lead role, as bookshop owner Leonard. In an interview for Gloucestershire Live, Susan Lynch explains the inspiration and story behind the film. Sitting beside Burgess with a bookshelf backdrop, Lynch tells us, “I saw Tim in concert in the Charltons and what struck me about his energy on stage is that he’s like so many different people. So, the inspiration for The Bookshop came from all the different roles that I saw Tim be in the Charlatans and we’ve sort of transferred that idea of fantasy into a very beautiful fable about a guy who works in a bookshop whose got demons from his past and he faces those demons through the other people that come in to the bookshop.”

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Thousands of Books, Films, and Pieces of Music from 1923 Have Now Entered the Public Domain

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As of January 1, 2019, tens of thousands of works of literature, music, and film have entered the public domain, meaning they can be enjoyed and used for free without paying royalty fees to the copyright holders. The list of new works of art available is staggering, and includes works from the likes of Agatha Christie, E.E. Cummings, Charlie Chaplin, and Louis Armstrong.

For readers, this will mean that many books from that year will now be available to download for free on e-readers and they can be more easily be used in schools for educational purposes.
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10 Jokes Only Reading Addicts Will Understand

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Reading Addicts are refined and high brow people with a sophisticated sense of humour… Usually.

Ok who are we kidding- you love the puerile, pun-tastic, and perfectly poor taste joke as much as the next person. The only difference is that we Reading Addicts occasionally mix a little literary knowledge into their humour, and come up with some jokes only fellow readers will understand.

How many of the following literary jokes do you understand? And can you come up with any more?

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Stan Lee’s Last Gift to the Marvel Universe

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Stan Lee left us one last parting gift that he was working on before he died- a new Marvel character!

According to his daughter, JC Lee, Stan was working on a new character Dirt Man after she asked him if he would write a new superhero without all the “steel” and “clatter” of his previous creations. As an alternative to the shiny and spectacular heroes we are used to she suggested a new hero should get “down and dirty” instead.

JC Lee told TMZ Live: “We have been working on a character called Dirt Man. [He is the] last little angel that we’ve got tucked away.”

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