Third Man Books Announces Definitive Book About The Stooges As Told By Iggy Pop

Jack White’s publishing company, Third Man Books will release a much-anticipated book, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop sometime this winter.

It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges. He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre-punk rock-and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. They’re definitely the only group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who started out playing an amplified Waring blender, a vacuum cleaner, spring water bottles and a 200 gallon oil drum.Jeff Gold, Author of 101 Essential Rock Records

The author team Jeff Gold, Johan Kugelberg and editor/contributor Jon Savage are among the most respected music authors and historians working today. Total Chaos will also feature contributions from Jack White, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr and Third Man’s Ben Blackwell. Now that’s what I call curation!

I can’t wait to get my hands on this essential rock book! Where is the pre-order link, Third Man Books? 😉

Jack White Presses On, Introducing the Lazaretto Ultra LP

My son posted this Jack White and Ben Blackwell YouTube video on my Facebook page today. He knows my affinity for Jack White and specialty vinyl.

The Jack White Lazaretto Ultra LP is the most unique and multi-faceted vinyl collectible I have ever seen played.

  1.  180 gram vinyl
  2. Two vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
  3. One hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record (33, 45, and 78)
  4. Side A plays from the outside in
  5. Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
  6. Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
  7. Both sides end with locked groove
  8. Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
  9. Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
  10. Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
  11. Different running order from the CD/digital version
  12. LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version

Drops on June 10, 2014.


Pre-Order NOW: http://thirdmanstore.com/jack-white-l…

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Music Talk: A Contemporary Record of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Ben Blackwell

 

Music Talk:

 

A Contemporary Record of Rock ‘n’ Roll

 

Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Saturday, March 1, 20142:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Remis Auditorium, 161

 

Ticket Purchase Is Required (To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975)

 

ADMISSION
$10 MFA members, seniors, and students
$13 Nonmembers

Ben Blackwell, vinyl collector, musician, and archivist for The White Stripes
Michael Marotta, journalist, The Phoenix – Boston

Having spent more than half his life consumed with all things vinyl, Ben Blackwell’s experience spans everything from first employee and current archivist for the rock duo The White Stripes, recreational Detroit music archaeologist and historian, drumming fool in rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut the Dirtbombs and envelope-pushing vinyl idealist for Third Man Records in Nashville. He can (and will) talk about all these topics and more with interviewer Michael Marotta.

Ben Blackwell oversees the vinyl distribution and manufacturing at Third Man Records and does some A+R for the label. Ben’s official job title is “Pinball Wizard.”[14]

I totally respect the mutual admiration we both share for The Bob Seger System. Here is Ben holding the second 45 r.p.m. single from the first Bob Seger System album in 1968, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man, “2+2=?

Blackwell’s poem The World’s Most Important Swimmers was selected by members of the Guerilla Poetics Project to be printed as a letterpressed broadside for the November 2008 installment of their program.[9]

 

 

 

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A Band Called Death

“This is the Ramones, but two years earlier.” — Questlove of The Roots on Death

What an exciting moment this independent film unveils for music fans everywhere. The first black punk band, Death. Who knew? They had to emanate from Detroit, no question about that 😉

“A Band Called Death” is a story of the burgeoning punk rock scene, of the exploding DIY energy in the 1970s, but it is also a sweet and touching family story. The filmmakers keep it simple, using floating black-and-white photos of the brothers jamming with their instruments, or, hauntingly, walking through a covered bridge in Vermont. Home movies of the boys playing in an upstairs room at their parents’ house shiver with the excitement of their raw energy and self-belief.

It comes full circle that fellow Detroiter’s Jack White and Ben Blackwell  via Third Man Records have released the 45 r.p.m. recording, RockFire Funk Express, “People Save The World”. The “history before history” before they became Death, recorded at United Sound Studio in 1973.

Trailer