Peter Guralnick, a noted American roots music author and historian has commenced a digital publishing campaign. His InterWeb presence is now felt via a new Web site (Tumblr Blog), an Official Facebook Page and e-Book editions of his books.
I am thankful to experience Mr. Guralnick’s published Web presence. I have a deep admiration for Peter Guralnick’s meticulous music journalism sensibilities. He is an authoritative music writer. His writings represent a well curated library that houses our American musical heritage. It is my aim as a music journalist to write with the passion and commitment we receive from Peter Guralnick 🙂
Web Blog Design
The Tumblr theme chosen for design is minimal, unobtrusive and leverages TypeKit Real Fonts. Typekit is an Adobe company that provides a service which allows subscribers to embed fonts into online documents. Museo Slab is the exljbris Font Foundry incorporated.
“According to Adobe, Typekit is empowering designers to present the power of the printed word in new ways – online and on devices.”
I surmise that incorporating Typekit Fonts allows Peter Guralnick to breathe life and dimension into his written words. I applaud this form of expression as both a reader and Web designer.
I was surprised that Peter Guralnick did not choose WordPress as his blog publishing platform. WordPress (in my estimation) has been the preferred Web domain choice for the author and writing community. But my bias for WordPress is showing here and I must respect Mr. Guralnick’s Tumblr creative muse. Tumblr is a happening technology and a great publishing solution in its own right.
For those of you seeking more depth from Peter Guralnick I am happy to report there is new content available to supplement his books. We gain valuable insights into the music associated with the book Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians. There are volume installments of a chapter by chapter YouTube playlist which adds value to our interest about Ernest Tubb, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Sleepy LaBeef.
Perhaps one day we will have more interactive multimedia digital publishing content where YouTube videos can be published as integrated options within a full hypertext, indexed iBook (I keep watching and wishing for this…)
But for now I can live with YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud playlists and blogging 😉
Peter Guralnick interviews himself about what he is accomplishing lately and provides specifics about the Sam Phillips biography he is now rewriting (the first draft is complete). I am pleased to also learn that Peter Guralnick is an eight year professor for a creative writing course at Vanderbilt University. How I would love to be a student in his course. Peter if you ever want to create an online edition of your creative writing course I’d be happy to help you with that project as a fellow instructor and instructional designer.
I am eager for the Sam Phillips biography to be published later this year (fingers crossed).
We welcome you to the professional music blogging community Peter Guralnick. Your leadership role has been anticipated within the community for some time. I can’t wait to read and lean from your future writing efforts.