Bee Thousand 33 1/3

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Bee Thousand Book Extravaganza at Smart Bar

To introduce my book on Guided by Voices’ much-loved LP Bee Thousand, part of the world-conquering 33 1/3 series, to the vaunted upper-mid-West rock cognoscenti, I'll be presenting a multi-media (or at least bi-media) Bee Thousand "extravaganza" at Smart Bar in Chicago ( /3730 N Clark St) at 7:00 PM on Friday, 30 November (doors at 6:00), in the very same building as, and just before doors open for, the Robert Pollard show at Metro.

Come by for pre-show festivities at Smart Bar. A binding majority of Chicago’s own Textbook Committee (GbV ‘tribute’ band extraordinaire) will provide live sonic illustrations, there'll be a randomly chosen interview cassette minute (usually at the expense of the author’s dignity), the collective making of a found poem from Bee Thousand lyric fragments using the Tzara Dada method of anti-lyric composition, the playing of a few Bee Thousand-era rarities, and a full-size anagram contest (prix d'honneur for the winner).

Should you require further inducements, your very own Chicago Tribune had this to say about the tome: “Akin to Guided By Voices themselves, Marc Woodworth's homage to the band's 1994 breakthrough [Bee Thousand] is fun, wordy, spirited and peculiar.”

Sing alongs? Why not? “Why I love this record in 200 words or less”? Bring your responses and I’ll read a few. I’ll also give away home-made, individually decorated, and very lo-fi indexes to those who buy the book or bring in their tattered, smudged and thin-paged copies.


Bee Thousand book blog:

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33 1/3 Series Blog:

Robert Pollard homepage: