Music Conference Spotlight: Books are the New Vinyl
Written by Andy Flynn | February 13, 2015
Consider the recent surge in vinyl sales, and how book publishers could take a cue from the record business to apply savvy tactics to ensure that physical books find their audience. On Friday, March 20 at the SXSW Music Conference, a compelling group of speakers will speak on the panel Books Are The New Vinyl.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D continues to stir up culture via rap, public speaking and writing.Danny Bland has shared his unvarnished tales of life on the road in In Case We Die and I Apologize In Advance For The Awful Things I’m Gonna Do. Noted English singer-songwriter Frank Turner is currently assembling a memoir of his touring stories. Artist manager and SXSW veteran Rynda Laurelmoderates and literary agent Marc Gerald rounds out the panel.
Books offer distinct joys as physical objects. The visual and sensory experience are unique and important. Explore the topic further at SXSW Music – today, Friday, February 13, the final day toregister before rates increase to full price.
Andy Flynn is the creator of The Daily Chord, a collection of pertinent stories from the worlds of music.
Frank Turner photo courtesy of the speaker
Chuck D photo Jesse Knish
Books are the new vinyl.
As the digital age sucks more and more books into your iPad or Kindle, the need to have the physical in front of you that you can touch and feel and look at becomes an obsession. Yes, we want e-books and audio books, but just as the resurgence of vinyl has created a new cult status, so will the printed book, beautiful in all it’s physical glory. Interesting stories, innovative ideas and visual content demands a physical component. Rynda Laurel (curator) will discuss the topic with Chuck D (Public Enemy/Enemy Books) and Awful Things & In Case We Die Author Danny Bland (Subpop, Fantagraphics) and maybe a surprise guest or two.
Where do you start? How to motivate and get to the end product.
How easy is it to publish a book – digital or physical?
How and why to come up with innovative content ideas. (Like a haiku photo book?)
Why partnerships with art galleries, fan funding, crowd sourced books, and collaborations are the future.
How and why are record labels getting into the act? (Like Subpop and Third man Books)
FROM SUBPOP RECORDS:
We’re beside ourselves with glee about publishing I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do, a collection of haiku by celebrated author and musician Danny Bland on September 22nd in Europe and September 23rd in North America. …Awful Things… features photography by Greg Dulli (leader of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight SIngers) and calligraphy by Exene Cervenka (co-founder of the band X) and is a 120-page, full-color, paperback edition. …Awful Things… originated from work that Bland has posted to his Facebook page, presented here with Dulli’s photographs, some of which appear on his Instagram feed. By capturing these elements in print, …Awful Things… rescues this material from slipping away downstream in their respective online feeds. Combining the profane and profound, the irreverent and touching, the hilarious and beautiful, …Awful Things… is the perfect hybrid art piece, or complementary physical artifact of these sources.
I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, Amazon and Insound. And, preorders of …Awful Things… at the Sub Pop Mega Mart will come with a free 6” x 8” print from the book, autographed by both Danny Bland and Greg Dulli (while supplies last).
About Danny Bland:
once a year he still
and fair-skinned lasses
Bland is the author of the novel In Case We Die (2013, Fantagraphics Books), as well as a longtime musician (former member of Sub Pop bands Cat Butt, Dwarves, Best Kissers in the World) and tour manager. This is his first book of poetry, but please don’t call it that.
About Greg Dulli:
dark prince, bon vivant
or is he just a mistake
you haven’t made, yet
Dulli is the leader of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. He makes a living exorcising demons (read more at at SubPop).
In Case We Die by Danny Bland “A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss.” — Greg Dulli
Considering the interchange of clients and friends involved in Danny Bland’s audio version of “In Case We Die” it is only natural for me to jump on board to help spread the word about this dark, daring and brilliantly written book.
Audiobook for the novel “In Case We Die” featuring chapter reads by Greg Dulli, Aimee Mann, Duff McKagan, Donal Logue, Lee Ving, Wayne Kramer, Mark Arm, Eddie Spaghetti, John Doe, Rob Delaney, Lou Beach, Steve Earle, Jacob Pitts, Dave Alvin, Blag Dahlia, Tony Fitzpatrick, Mark Boone Jr., Damien Echols, Marc Maron, Tom Hansen, John Sinclair, Dana Gould, Lew Temple, Mike McCready, Rachel Flotard and more. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to MusiCares.
Available now. Details: http://bit.ly/15JxH8j)