Musicians and artists collaborate on an epic book of stories

By September 14, 2018Arty, Literature
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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.

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10 books by UK comedians to tickle your funny bone

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Comedians in the UK have always tried to test the boundaries of humour, shine a light on odd cultural norms, and have been instrumental in the evolution of comedy as we know it.

From Laurel and Hardy to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, from the alternative comedy of the 1980s (Ben Elton, Jennifer Saunders) to innovative comedy of the 1990s (Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson)- the UK has always been at the forefront of comedy as it evolves.

Many UK comedians currently have autobiographies or humorous non-fiction titles available in your local bookshop: here are our favourites from the most recent releases.

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Romance novels get a new, inclusive makeover

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Romantic fiction can be completely hit and miss. It treads the fine line between cheesy and romantic, crass and classy so carefully…

A while ago we shared the hilariously normal take on romantic book covers by Val Derbyshire much to everyone’s amusement. Romantic fiction is very popular to this day- even classic bodice-rippers from the likes of Mills & Boon can still be seen being slipped into someone’s bag after a trip to the library.

One woman fell in love with the intense and romantic imagery many romance fiction publishers use but noticed its distinct lack of inclusion for the LGBT community and non-white folk. Most models on the covers were white and heterosexual- which is not exactly representative of the world of romance.

Elizabeth Renstrom and photographer Jason Altaan came together to reimagine the classic covers with a more diverse crowd… Check them out below!

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Musicians and artists collaborate on an epic book of stories

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book of the month

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!

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Malfoy and Longbottom go head-to-head on Instagram

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Instagram was LIT with Pottermania this month with old cast members meeting up at LA bars, seeing The Cursed Child, and bringing their banter with them.

Most fans of the movie adaptations of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books dream of a big old Hogwarts reunion, complete with all their favourite characters (some of whom would have to be brought back to life *sniffsob*).

Two of our faves- Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy and Matthew Lewis AKA Neville Longbottom- got together in Los Angeles for their own mini reunion. Posting on Instagram, the young men posed together with a Slytherin backpack- Felton seemingly threatening Lewis until he gives in and joins the other Hogwarts house.

“See how close he was to converting” Felton boasts on the Instagram post, finishing with the hashtag “Gryffindork”.

Lewis, on the other hand, was having none of it. In his own Instagram post he quotes a film Felton was recently a part of- The Planet of the Apes (2011)- telling Felton to “Get off me, you damned, dirty ape!”

It doesn’t look like Lewis will be joining the Dark Lord any time soon! Always knew Neville Longbottom was a good egg.

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