November 19, 2013 – Seattle, WA. The Seattle music scene in 1989 was on the precipice of altering the course of global pop culture. Ironically, the punk music of the Pacific Northwest was having difficulty gaining traction beyond a small but enthusiastic regional following. While critically acclaimed, the embryonic movement was in imminent danger of a premature demise. In an effort to draw international attention to their fledgling label, Sub Pop sent their three marquee acts to Europe. The rest, as they say, is history.
Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 is Bruce Pavitt’s account of this pivotal period of contemporary culture. As the visionary founder of Sub Pop – first as a hand crafted zine, then a series of cassettes, music columns, and radio broadcasts – Pavitt was in a peculiar position to chronicle the tour that cemented grunge as the soundtrack of a generation. Through journal entries and candid photographs, Pavitt follows Nirvana, TAD, and Mudhoney at a momentous stage of a movement that almost didn’t happen.
Pavitt will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a brief reading from this fascinating account and sign copies of the hardcover book. A selection of photographs from the triumphant tour will be on display with sales proceeds to benefit the Vera Project. Photographer Charles Peterson will guest DJ and several prominent musicians of the era will attend.
Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 Reading and book signing with author Bruce Pavitt Saturday, December 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street in Georgetown, 206.658.0110
Visitors to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday are in for a treat. Among the many highlights of Marathon: A Short Run Art Show are neo-deco delights from Peter and Maria Hoey of Coin-Op press. Equal parts Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Winsor McCay, and Chris Ware, these comix, flipbooks and fine art prints are wondrous beyond words. You have got to come see this show.
Arrive early as hometown hero Peter Bagge signs copies of the fantastic new edition of Everybody is Stupid Except For Me as well as other recent publications from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Then stay late for a set at 8:00 by Tummy featuring our lovely and talented intern Lillian Morlock. All this and the festive Georgetown Art Attack with action all over the neighborhood! See you then.
From rock and roll rebel to revered iconoclast, Lou Reed left an indelible mark on international pop culture. His experimental work was influential beyond the standard measure of commercial success. Musician Brian Eno observed, "Only a few thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground, album, but every one of them formed a band. I should know. I was one of those people."
Reed pursued an adventurous aesthetic throughout his storied career. At the turn of this century, Reed's reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe's verse debuted as a theatrical production, POEtry, under the direction of Robert Wilson. A double album followed, with guest vocals by David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Willem Defoe, Amanda Plummer, and Laurie Anderson. A decade later Reed and Fantagraphics Books commissioned Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti to illustrate his interpretation of The Raven.
August 21, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Diverse works by accomplished Seattle cartoonists are featured in Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot arts festival on Saturday, August 31 at 6:00 PM in the Leo K. Theater. This entertaining production, in the format of a late night television talk show, includes Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and Danny Bland. Music will be provided by Peter Bagge’s Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk. Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid will serve as host for the festivities.
Iconoclastic cartoonist Jim Woodring demonstrates his drawing skills with a giant quill pen measuring over 7 feet tall. He’ll create an appropriately oversized drawing over the course of the show. Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch to discuss her sensational new book Marbles. Eroyn Franklin presents an alluring shadow puppet show, followed by a multimedia comedy act by Kelly Froh. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s legendary 1959 appearance on the Steve Allen Show, Danny Bland reads from his new Fantagraphics novel In Case We Die, accompanied on piano by Steve Fisk. Musical interludes from Peter Bagge’s captivating pop combo Can You Imagine? and revealing interviews by comix connoisseur Larry Reid promise to make Fantagraphics Follies a lively and colorful event. The show will be followed by a book signing, providing the public an opportunity to meet these extraordinary artists.
Join us on Labor Day weekend at Seattle’s adventurous Bumbershoot arts and music festival. For complete line-up and ticket information, visit: http://bumbershoot.org.
Our longtime friend Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses fame dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Thursday to pick up copies of Henry and Glenn Forever ahead of a national tour with his group Loaded. "Don't tell Henry," he implored. (Ooops.)
Speaking of loaded: Hop on your bike and head down to the Dead Baby Bike Downhill Party tonight where you'll find abundant beverages and free sets by more than 20 bands on five stages throughout the historic Georgetown neighborhood. Don't miss BMX daredevils, DJs, tall bike jousting, unmitigated mayhem and merriment into the wee hours. The bookstore will stay open late for the occasion. Drop by and say hi!
Georgetown once again hosts the annual apocalyptic Dead Baby Downhill Bike Race & Party this Friday evening, August 2. Demented depravity on a grand scale - beer, bands, BMX, and the ever-popular tall bike jousting! (Did we mention beer?) For the convenience of raucous revelers, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Recordswill remain open until 9:00 PM.
This Saturday, August 3 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM, enjoy an Afternoon Delight, as art studios and galleries throughout Georgetown reprise their July Art Attack attractions. One of your last chances to take in the sweet Soda Pop exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and the fantastic Charles Peterson photography show CP25/SP25 next door at All City Coffee. See you all soon.
Prepare to be fully entertained at Fantagraphics Bookstore in the month of August. On Saturday, August 10 we'll host a haunting reception for Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons. Catmull will sign copies of his new book Ghosts and Ruins, while Simmons will sign his recent collection of horror stories The Furry Trap. Frightening fun coinciding with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack. (Catch the Trailer Park Trannies drag show at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.)
On Saturday, August 24, Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of Walrus from PictureBox press.
Don't miss Fantagraphics Follies at the Bumbershoot Arts Festival on Saturday, August 31. This lively variety show in the format of a late night talk show features diverse works from some of the country's most accomplished cartoonists: Jim Woodring demonstrates his giant pen, Ellen Forney takes a turn on the couch, Eroyn Franklin presents a shadow puppet show, Kelly Froh does a multimedia comedy routine, and Danny Bland performs a beat poetry act. Peter Bagge's Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk is the house band and the host is played by Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid. The festival also includes Death Cab for Cutie, the Breeders, the Zombies, Superchunk, Redd Kross, MGMT and many more. Fun! (Oh yeah, them, too.)
To take in the action in Georgetown this weekend you may have to navigate a detour. Exit 162 off I-5 is closed for repairs. Use Albro Place exit 161, public transportation or surface street options.
This is the last weekend to visit the temporary Sub Pop Mega Mart across the street from the bookstore. Catch a free DJ set by Shabazz Palaces on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery commemorates the occasion by giving away a free bottle of Sub Pop Soda Pop with every purchase all day long. And don't miss the delightful photography exhibition CP25/SP25 by Charles Peterson next door at All City Coffee.
Escape the city for the wonderful Unknown Music Series in Anacortes this weekend. Visit our table at the small press book fair in Causland Park on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy music by the Hive Dwellers, Karl Blau, Ô Paon, LAKE, the Drink Up Honey, Lori Goldston, and many more. See you there.
Next door at All City Coffee is the companion exhibition CP25/SP25, featuring 25 arresting mages by famed photographer Charles Peterson commemorating 25 years of the Sub Pop phenomenon. Don't miss the last weekend of the Sub Pop Mega Mart, scheduled to close their temporary quarters across the street on Sunday. This Friday, June 19 get a groove on with an in-store DJ set by Shabazz Palaces.
And in case you somehow missed it, here's a Charles Peterson picture of our own Janice Headley during Mudhoney's unprecedented set on the top of the Space Needle last Thursday as she snaps a picture of Peterson and Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid as they buzzed the pit in a helicopter at the end of the show. Awesome inadequately describes the moment.
Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid caught a ride in the back seat of a helicopter on Thursday for Mudhoney's unprecedented set on top of the Space Needle as famed photographer Charles Peterson leaned out the open door to take photos. Yikes! You can catch a down to earth Mudhoney show for free this Saturday, July 13 in Georgetown at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.
Before the music begins on Saturday, join Peter Bagge, Charles Peterson,Danny Bland, Bruce Pavitt, Greg Dulli, Jim Woodring, Owen Connell, and others at the opening of SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. We'll be open all day with celebrity guests and lots of great surprises. And awesome music right outside the bookstore doors. Bonus: An amazing show of 25 Charles Peterson photographs commemorating 25 years of Sub Pop right next door at All City Coffee.
In the life imitates art department: Sub Pop Soda Pop! Catch a super sugar big buzz at the Sub Pop Mega Mart across the street from the bookstore.