L.A. in Focus – Riot on the Sunset Strip
Author and Los Angeles historian Domenic Priore discusses his book Riot on the Sunset Strip, a chronicle of L.A.’s swinging sixties scene, when thousands of teenagers from all over the county migrated to the Boulevard, paraded along the jammed sidewalks, and danced to the hippest bands in the most popular clubs in the country.
Watch below via Vimeo.
Complicated Game Contest
Posted April 6th, 2016
UPDATE April 6th 2016: The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner has been randomly selected and will be announced shortly.
Dear XTC fans,
As you know, Andy and Burning Shed recently offered a very special limited-edition version of Complicated Game, featuring a hand-painted cover. There were only 50 of these available for sale, and they sold out very quickly.
The unique nature of this edition and the work involved in creating each one meant that they were priced at £250. Realizing that this would be too rich for some fans’ wallets, Andy wanted to provide an opportunity for one lucky fan to win a hand-painted, signed special edition through a lottery.
Here’s how this will work.
Send your full name and postal address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject heading COMPLICATED CONTEST by midnight (UK time) on April 3rd 2016. Your details will not be shared with any third parties.
We will randomly choose one lucky winner, and contact them, on April 4th. We will announce the winner to the general public by April 11th.
Please keep in mind that this lottery was conceived for, and is meant to benefit, someone who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford one of these special editions. One entry per person. In addition, those who were able to successfully order a special edition are not eligible for this lottery.
“The story of Tiny Tim’s life is alternately heartbreaking, infuriating, and head-scratching. And with scores of new interviews (including wives Miss Vicki and Miss Sue…), detailed research, and access to Tim’s own personal (and very frank) diaries, this book makes for a compelling, if lengthy read for the non ‘Tiny Head.’”—Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press (www.houstonpress.com)
“[This] voluminous and serious book reconfigures [Tiny Tim] as an outsider artist: more Daniel Johnston and Pudsey The Dog … Tiny Tim was a freak on his own terms.” —Dickon Edwards, The Wire (www.thewire.co.uk)
One of the most misunderstood figures in pop music, Tiny Tim was a hell of a lot more than the “freak” that warbled “Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me.” A true American treasure, Mr. Tim finally gets his just due in this unforgettable book. Authors Martell and McDonald dig under every grimy show-biz rock to uncover Tiny’s surreal, bittersweet story, and they tiptoe around none of it. The research is sublime; the empathy undeniable. I howled with laughter reading The Eternal Troubadour and was choked with emotion by the last page. The definitive work on the subject and an absolute classic music biography.
Thank you, Jimmy! For more views on Eternal Troubadour, visit the press and reviews section of our dedicated sub-site for the book at www.godblesstinytim.com.
Tiny and Andy
Posted January 20th, 2016
In a few weeks’ time, we’ll be publishing our first book of the year: Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life Of Tiny Tim by Justin Martell with Alanna Wray McDonald. You can find more information about the book, and also view a selection of videos and images hand-picked by Justin, at the special site we’ve built for it, godblesstinytim.com. Here’s a taster:
Here’s a video of Phil last year, at the London launch of his memoir, What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?, surprising Rumer onstage during a performance of Jimmy Webb’s song ‘P.F. Sloan’. He will be greatly missed.
New books, upcoming events
Posted August 27th, 2015
Jawbone Press is pleased to announce three new titles for the autumn:
RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP: ROCK’N’ROLL’S LAST STAND IN HOLLYWOOD by Domenic Priore delves deep into the electrifying mid-60s scene that gave birth to The Byrds, Love, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, The Mothers Of Invention, and more during an astonishing time when rock’n’roll briefly displaced the movies at the centre of the action in Hollywood. This revised and redesigned edition includes a foreword by Arthur Lee, a new afterword, and maps of 60s LA by the acclaimed Californian artist Shag, as well as more than more than fifty rarely seen photographs.
Domenic will be talking about the book and signing copies at Book Soup, right on the Sunset Strip, on September 20th. Full details at the Book Soup website.
LONG PROMISED ROAD: CARL WILSON, SOUL OF THE BEACH BOYS by Kent Crowley presents the story of America’s Band from the perspective of the youngest of the three Wilson brothers – the one who kept everything together, against the odds, while his brothers battled mental illness and self-destruction, and took the reins in the studio to produce several underrated albums and a number of beautifully soulful songs. Drawing on new interviews with friends and colleagues, it provides a unique slant on one of rock’s most enduring family sagas.
EYES WIDE OPEN: TRUE TALES OF A WISHBONE ASH WARRIOR by Andy Powell and Colin Harper details five decades on the road, in the studio, and in court with Wishbone Ash, the pioneering progressive-rock band Powell founded in 1969 and still leads, as the sole surviving original member, forty-six years later. With a foreword by the renowned novelist Ian Rankin, Eyes Wide Open is an honest, unpretentious, and often wryly amusing first-person journey through some of the most thrilling years in rock history—and one that offers a fascinating insight into the bitter court battle with former bandmates over the rights to use the name Wishbone Ash, from which Powell emerged victorious in 2013.
Andy will be on the road with Wishbone Ash throughout September, October, and November. Full details at www.wishboneash.com. Stay tuned for more information about book-specific events in the UK and beyond …
Launch events for Lee, Myself & I
Posted May 13th, 2015
Wyndham Wallace’s new memoir of his friendship with one of the great icons of American music, Lee, Myself & I: Inside The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood, is out next week. He’ll be launching it with a special event at Rough Trade East, London, on Thursday May 21st. Wyndham will be reading from the book, taking questions from the audience, and screening rare film footage of Lee. In addition, master of ceremonies Ed Harcourt will be performing some unique covers of Lee Hazlewood songs on his electric piano.
After that, Wyndham will be joining Quietus founder John Doran for three dates of his Jolly Man UK tour, before celebrating the release of Lee, Myself & I at Il Kino in his home city of Berlin on June 11th with another very special, top secret musical guests. Full details below.
The book is already going down very well with fans and critics alike. Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has called it ‘a sweet book about hero worship and friendship’; BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie described it as ‘a fantastic read’ during an on-air interview with Wyndham in March; and Uncut magazine’s Allan Jones, in his 8/10 review, sums it up as a ‘rather incredible story … that reads in parts so much like a screenplay you can’t help casting an imaginary film version of it’.