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Synopsis:

Nearly fifteen years in the making, Beck's latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track. The songs here are as unfailingly creative as youd expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.

Synopsis:

In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Becks latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and thats as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as youd expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Dont Act Like Your Heart Isnt Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.

• Featuring original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Becks acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more.

• Including an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, the New York Times) and a preface by Beck.

• Readers (and select musicians) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeneys website.

About the Author

Since 1993, Beck has released eleven albums; two of them, Odelay and Sea Change, were included on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As a producer and collaborator, hes worked with dozens of other artists, including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thurston Moore. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781938073380
Author:
Beck
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
Songbooks
Subject:
Music - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
108
Dimensions:
12.63 x 9.5 in

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Nearly fifteen years in the making, Beck's latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track. The songs here are as unfailingly creative as youd expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.
"Synopsis" by ,
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Becks latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and thats as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as youd expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Dont Act Like Your Heart Isnt Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.

• Featuring original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Becks acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more.

• Including an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, the New York Times) and a preface by Beck.

• Readers (and select musicians) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeneys website.

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