Since 1993, Beck has released eleven albums; two of them, "Odelay" and "Sea Change," were included on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As a producer and collaborator, he's worked with dozens of other artists, including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thurston Moore. He lives in Los Angeles.
"[A] visually stunning and captivating album... For anyone with an ear (or an eye) for music, this album is the perfect opportunity to abandon your seats, join the stage and become a participant rather than just a spectator."--"Zink Magazine"
"Visually sumptuous ... A bold artistic challenge and a madcap creative gauntlet in a pop-culture landscape that favors instant gratification."--"American Way"
Title from container.; Mainly for voice and piano with guitar chord symbols and diagrams; some for piano solo.; Twenty songs presented as individual pieces of sheet music; music sheets, packaged in a hard-bound folio; includes a guide to sheet music symbols by Bettie Ross; also features full-color illustrations from some of the finest artists working currently..
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck's latest project comes in an almost-forgotten form--twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case, Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012--an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that's as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together. The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you'd expect from their author, but if you want to hear Do We? We Do, or Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard, bringing them to life depends on you. - Featuring original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Beck's acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more. - Including an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, the New York Times) and a preface by Beck. - Readers' (and select musicians') renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney's website.
Contributor Bio: Beck
Mary Giraudo Beck has lived Ketchikan, Alaska, since 1951, when she marreid a third-generation Alaskan. Besides rearing a family, she taught literature and writing courses for thirty years at Ketchikan Community College, a branch of the University of Alaska. Mary has an abiding interest in the Native culture of Southeest Alaska and a commitment to recording its oral liturature. Previous works include two books, Heroes and Heroines in Tlingit-Haida Legend and Shamans and Kushtakas: North Coast Tales of the Supernatural, essays on Native mythology, and articles on travel by small boat to towns and Native communities in Southeast Alaska.