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Andrew W.K. I Get Wet — Phillip Crandall Book Interview

Posted by on May.28, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

 

andrew wk book I Get Wet

Andrew W.K.’s album I Get Wet gets the 33 1/3 series treatment thanks to Phillip Crandall. I Get Wet was originally dismissed by the influential music blog Pitchfork with a 0.6 rating but later was named to Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the 2000’s with an 8.6 rating. As many have discovered, the genius of Andrew W.K sometimes takes a minute to capture you, but it will get you sooner or later.

Crandall lays the groundwork of the Andrew W.K. story with great insight into his early years. This part of the W.K. journey illuminates the development of his stage persona and how he went on to create this album. Then Crandall unfolds the story of the album in a way that allows the reader to absorb the details and analyze them on their own.  He’s just a guide who gets out of the way and it’s much appreciated.   

In this interview, we talk about Andrew vs. Andy Kaufman vs. Andy Warhol, the endlessly fascinating mystery of Steev Mike, why that guy from the Rembrandts got an album credit and Bronies. 

Buy the book. Follow Phillip on Twitter. Follow Andrew W.K. on twitter


Rush Illustrated History Interview With Martin Popoff

Posted by on Jun.27, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

Rush Illustrated History Book Cover

 

Martin Popoff is the author of over forty rock books. He previously wrote the Rush biography Contents Under Pressure, and was a huge part of the Rush movie, Beyond The Lighted Stage.  You can also see him on VH1’s Metal Evolution.  While some might suffer Rush-fatigue after that, Popoff said it was the format of the illustrated history books that got him interested in doing this project ,and he didn’t have to look much further than his own extensive collection of Rush memorabilia for a jumping off point when putting this book together.  According to Popoff, his most prized possessions are his signed albums, and they’re featured in the introduction to the book.  “Rush fans are demanding,” said Popoff, and thoughtful care was taken to include a great deal of all-new material in the book, including new album reviews that will give fans much to debate.

In this interview, we talk about the process of putting the book together, how the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction changed the ending of the book, and why Rush continues to be at the top of their game. Plus, Popoff talks about his upcoming Metallica, Art of Metal, and Iron Maiden books that will be out later this year, tips on getting an autograph from a rock star, and how he stays organized while writing rock books.


Rock Book Show Interview: Emek “The Thinking Man’s Poster Artist: Collected Works Of Aaarght!”

Posted by on Jul.01, 2011, under Current Shows No Comments

 

Musicians aren’t the only artists involved in concerts.  Ever see an amazing gig poster for  The Decemberists, Deadmaus, Erykah Badu or Foo Fighters? Chances are, it was created by Emek. Though he works primarily in silkscreen, Emek has now upped his game by including laser cutting and embossing.  He’s even put his pieces onto sheets of copper.  He’s not just creating a poster, he’s creating a collectible work of art.

You may see some influence from poster art of the Sixties in Emek’s work, but as he says, “i’m not just the hippie guy”, and it’s obvious in the eclectic range of his work collected in this book.

Our interview also gives you a tour of some of his genre-spanning work from Bootsy Collins to Tool to Queens of The Stone Age, as well as some of his political posters which provide Emek with another platform to express his beliefs.  As he says, he is “trying to take something that has an expiration date printed right on it and give it some permenance”, and he has.  Another thing to love about Emek, is that most of his work is very affordable, so we can all own it.

Check out more of Emek’s work on his website and follow him on twitter.  And if you get the chance to meet him at a signing, don’t miss it!