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Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTaking Punk to the Massesrockpreviews 22 Mar 2011 7:42 AM

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind - A Visual History from the Permanent Collection of Experience Music Project

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind - A Visual History from the Permanent Collection of Experience Music Project
Edited by Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator of EMP

248-page full-color 7.5" x 9" softcover with DVD • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-433-7

Ships in: April 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind visually documents the explosion of Grunge, the Seattle Sound, within the context of the underground punk subculture that was developing throughout the U.S. in the late 1970s and 1980s. This musical journey is represented entirely through the collection of Experience Music Project, Seattle’s museum of music and popular culture, pulling from a permanent archive of over 800 filmed oral history interviews and 140,000 artifacts – instruments, costumes, posters, records and other ephemera – dedicated to the pursuit of rock ’n’ roll.

Featuring over 100 key artifacts from EMP’s collection, Taking Punk to the Masses illustrates the evolution of punk rock from underground subculture to mainstream embrace. These artifacts are put into context by the stories of those that lived it: Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart, Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, X’s Exene Cervenka, Sub Pop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, Black Flag’s Henry Rollins, Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan, Blondie’s Chris Stein, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and nearly 100 others.

Tracing a lineage from “Louie Louie” to the rise of Grunge with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney, Taking Punk to the Masses is the first visual history of one of America’s most vibrant music scenes, as told by its participants and seen through the surviving artifacts.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 22-page PDF excerpt (1.3 MB).

Over the past 15 years, Experience Music Project has amassed over 800 filmed oral history interviews with musicians, producers, club owners, fans, and others associated with every genre of music. These interviews, along with the museum’s massive artifact collection, form the basis for every exhibition. The exhibition Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses includes footage from over 100 interviews. A selection of those interviews are included in a DVD, exclusive to the Taking Punk to the Masses book.

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Johnny Ryan black metal band tee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockmerchJohnny Ryanfashion 21 Mar 2011 12:25 PM

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Fans of Johnny Ryan and/or vintage horror movies and/or black metal will want to get their hands on this Lord Foul t-shirt featuring Johnny's rendition of "The Man" from the 1962 horror film Carnival of Souls.

Leslie Stein, soundtrack composer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videorockLeslie Stein 18 Mar 2011 1:25 PM

Kati With An I (trailer) from prewarcinema on Vimeo.

It should come as little surprise that Leslie Stein, whose debut book Eye of the Majestic Creature premieres at MoCCA Fest next month, is also a musician, seeing as how one of the main characters in the book is a talking anthropomorphic guitar. Leslie's music is featured in the new documentary film Kati with an I — in the trailer posted above, it begins around the 1 minute mark. (Thanks to director Robert Greene for the scoop.)

Things to See: Gary Panter show flyer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seerockGary Panter 17 Mar 2011 3:27 PM

Gary Panter flyer - Spectre Folk - The Tall Firs - Devin Gary & Ross - Shea Stadium

Gary Panter did this sweet flyer for an upcoming show with his band Devin Gary & Ross (info at the link).

ECCC was A+++!
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeMegan KelsoJim WoodringJim BlanchardJacques BoyreaueventsBasil Wolverton 16 Mar 2011 10:38 AM
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011
Fantagraphics staffers Eric Buckler, Gavin Lees, and an appearance from head honcho Gary Groth!
 
Thanks to everyone who visited the Fantagraphics booth at the 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon! It was great to see everyone there, and we hope you're enjoying the books you bought from us!
 
We sold out of Prison Pit, Vol. 1 and Werewolves of Montpelier pretty quickly -- which I think is awesome and hilarious for this mostly mainstream show. Is Cannibal Fuckface the next great superhero? Clearly, yes. 
 
 
It was exciting to debut hot-off-the-presses copies of Four Color Fear, Love From the Shadows, Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition, and The Last Rose of Summer. And if you were there on Sunday, our great curator Larry Reid was on hand, presenting a sneak peek at our upcoming release Taking Punk to the Masses, out next month! Thanks to Seattlest for the pic above, and for the "comiconversation" with Larry on their site!
 
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011- Jacques Boyreau
 
We hope you all enjoyed getting your books signed by our artists Peter Bagge and Megan Kelso, and editor Jacques Boyreau, seen above talking "grindhouse" with some ComiCon attendees. Thanks to them for spending time with us at our booth that weekend! 
 
And thanks so much to the Fantagraphics staffers who manned the table. I wanna send out an extra-special thanks to the latest member of the Fantagraphics team, Ian Burns, for working all three days of the con! (Congratulations on the promotion from intern to Customer Service Representative!)
 
And another extra-special thanks goes to The Comics Journal contributor Gavin Lees who was a welcome weekend-long surprise addition to the team, along with his intergalactic-sweetie Heather (who got to meet Shatner!!!).
 
Finally, an additional thanks goes out to our friends at AmericaWare for keeping the good-lookin' staffers of Fantagraphics even more good-lookin' with t-shirts sporting the artwork of Jim Woodring, Jim Blanchard, and (not a Jim) Basil Wolverton. These fantastic tees are available for a limited time only at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, so hurry down there for the best selection!
 
Top Shelf at Emerald City ComiCon - Brett Warnock
 
You can check out more pictures from Emerald City ComiCon on the Fantagraphics Flickr. Above is a pic I snuck of friend Brett Warnock at the Top Shelf Productions booth. Top Shelf were the co-sponsors of our "Con Artists" ECCC After-Party, which was a rockin'-fun time! Photos from the party are also up on Flickr, like the ones seen below!
 
Matthew Southworth at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Matthew Southworth, of The Capillaries
 
Can You Imagine? at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Peter Bagge, to the right, with Can You Imagine?
 
The Rheas at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds with The Rheas
 
Up next: MoCCA!!  Mike, Gary, and I will see you there!
 


'Con Artists' Party at the Jewel Box Following the Emerald City Comicon
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 25 Feb 2011 11:00 AM

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Northwest residents won't want to miss out on the action after the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle on Saturday, March 5. Captain Kirk, Riker, Data, Crusher... hell — half the crew of the Enterprise will be guests at the convention. After the convention, beam yourself down to the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous for the fabulous "Con Artists" concert. The show is FREE with convention credentials.

The party opens with a solo music set by Matthew Southworth, co-creator of Stumptown (with convention guest Greg Rucka.) Before concentrating on his comics career, Southworth made a splash with the Capillaries. Also on the bill is Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? Bagge will be at the con on Saturday, and will entertain revelers at the Jewel Box with his pop combo featuring legendary musician and producer Steve Fisk. The festivities conclude with a set by the Rheas, fronted by our dreamy associate publisher Eric Reynolds. The lovely Janice Headley will spin spacey platters, and the Rendezvous, located at 2322 in Seattle's lively Belltown neighborhood, features fantastic food and affordable drinks. 21 and over with ID.

A limited number of advance tickets to the convention are still available at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery at 1201 S. Vale Street. Phone 206.658.0110. See you soon.

Fantagraphics FUC_S UP Emerald City Comic-Con!
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockPortable GrindhousePeter BaggeMegan Kelsoevents 22 Feb 2011 12:27 PM

Peter Bagge, Jacques Boyreau, Megan Kelso

Seattle's own alternative comics pioneers Fantagraphics are bringing their award-winning wares to the 9th Annual Emerald City Comic-Con, March 4th - 6th, 2011 at the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets for the Emerald City Comic-Con are available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown.

Visit our table at space #808 and check out new titles, such as Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009, FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4, The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World, Stigmata, Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2, Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, Special Exits, Little Maakies on the Prairie, Prince Valiant Vol. 3 and Popeye Vol. 5.

Special guests include:

Peter Bagge, the funniest cartoonist of his generation. Bagge is probably best known for the 1990s comic book series Hate, which followed the exploits of the slacker ne'er-do-well Buddy Bradley. Bagge will be signing copies of the latest Hate Annual #8, and additional works, such as Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations, on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00 am to Noon.

Jacques Boyreau, editor and cultural historian of the book Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box, a celebration of some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box. Boyreau will be signing, and showing footage from Portable Grindhouse films, at our table on Friday, March 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Megan Kelso, Ignatz Award-winning artist who has returned to Seattle after a period in New York, where she published a weekly comic strip in The New York Times magazine. Kelso will be signing copies of her acclaimed novel Artichoke Tales, and other titles, on Sunday, March 6th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Fantagraphics & Top Shelf Presents: Con Artists, the Emerald City Comic-Con After-Party

 

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Fantagraphics Books Inc. teams up with fellow indie-comic publishers Top Shelf Productions for an Emerald City Comic-Con after-party on Saturday, March 5th at the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous.

Performers include:
Can You Imagine?: featuring Peter Bagge, and legendary local producer/musician Steve Fisk
The Rheas: fronted by Eric Reynolds, Associate Publisher at Fantagraphics
Matthew Southworth: frontman for The Capillaries, and co-creator of the comic Stumptown

DJ'ing between sets will be DJ Janice, aka Janice Headley, Events Coordinator/Publicist for Fantagraphics (and Programming Assistant at Seattle radio station KEXP).

Con Artists: Emerald City Comic-Con Afterparty
Sponsored by Fantagraphics Books & Top Shelf Productions
Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
Jewel Box Theater at The Rendezvous
2322 2nd Avenue in Belltown
Admission $5 (General Public)
FREE with Emerald City Comic-Con badge
21 and over with ID

Emerald City Comic-Con
March 4th - 6th, 2011
Washington State Convention Center
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/
Friday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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http://www.fantagraphics.com/peterbagge
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Dame Darcy does Domy Books & rocks with Death By Doll in Austin Jan. 6
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockeventsDame Darcy 23 Dec 2010 5:32 PM

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Dame Darcy appears at Domy Books in Austin TX for a Meat Cake book signing on Thursday Jan. 6, 6-7 PM — more info here, and RSVP on Facebook here.

Following the signing, the Dame's band Death By Doll will be playing at Elysium for the full Dame Darcy multimedia experience! It's all brought to you by the Austin branch of Dr. Sketchy.

Death by Doll flyer

Anniversary party photos & video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyvideorockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Dec 2010 9:51 AM

Here are some photos (and a video) I took at our 4th Anniversary party last Saturday night. See a whole bunch more (including photos of the entire "Medieval Thinkers" art exhibit) over on our Flickr page.

Anniversary party crowd, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
It was packed shoulder-to-shoulder!

Jim Woodring & Zak Sally, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Jim Woodring & Zak Sally greet their public.

Bill Frisell, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Larry Reid chats with Grammy-winning musician and Jim Woodring collaborator Bill Frisell

Jim Woodring, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Jim signs copies of Weathercraft

Mark Pickerel performs, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Mark Pickerel (ex-Screaming Trees) performs a solo set

Zak Sally performs, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Zak performs songs from his album Fear of Song accompanied by his 4-track cassette recorder


Watch Zak play his final song of the evening, "My Secret World"

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Folks checking out the "Medieval Thinkers" exhibit

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Lots of comics from the exhibiting artists for sale

The Kim Deitch Files, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
The Kim Deitch Files print portfolio from La Mano 21 makes its debut

Medieval Thinkers exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Dec. 11, 2010
Gary Groth checks out the exhibit

Aaaand, as if that weren't enough, there's a whole great big mess more photos to be seen on Medieval Thinkers contributor Kelly Froh's Flickr page. Whew!

















Happy Anniversary...
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Zak SallyrockJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 13 Dec 2010 2:44 PM

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(Mark Pickerel)

We'd like to thank the big crowd that braved a biblical deluge to attend the fabulous fourth anniversary at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Saturday. Thanks to our talented musician friends Mark Pickerel and Zak Sally — who escaped a biblical blizzard in Minneapolis to appear. Kudos also to Jason T. Miles and Max Clotfelter for organizing the amazing "Medieval Thinkers" art exhibition. Another magical evening at Fantagraphics Bookstore!

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(Zak Sally)

If you weren't able to make it, be sure to drop by the store to see the art show, peruse hand crafted publications by exhibiting artists, check out amazing new releases from Zak Sally's La Mano 21 imprint, and wonderful new offerings from Fantagraphics books, natch.

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(Jim Woodring)

The store is open every day 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. We have delightful and affordable gifts to suit just about any taste. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions. See you all soon.

[Photos by "Medieval Thinkers" contributor Matt Tamaru — see more on his Flickr page. – Ed.]