A Reading & Signing with Matthew Stearns
& musical guest Secret Highways
Saturday, May 3rd, 7PM
921 SW Oak St.
This truly is a busy weekend, but I think you can squeeze in this extra special event we've got going on this Saturday. You can take in the reading and musical performance and be off to your next stop before 9PM!
Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation is the kind of gorgeous monstrosity -- born of extremes, rife with difficulties, and mythic in proportion -- that can crush the will of the most resilient, well-intentioned listener if the necessary preparations haven't been made. In his recent book, Daydream Nation (33 1/3, 2007) Matthew Stearns explores the album from a range of angles, including a track-by-track analysis and a look at the historical and cultural context within which the album was made. Featuring a foreword by Lee Ranaldo and exclusive interviews with the band, this truly is the definitive guide to Daydream Nation.
Matthew Stearns is a regular contributor to Resonance magazine. A onetime graduate student in comparative literature, he has also held down jobs as a seasonal construction worker in Alaska, black-market babysitter in Paris, bookseller, editorial assistant, and record store clerk.
Secret Highways, a stellar indie rock outfit from Seattle that specializes in soaring guitar-based melodicism, will provide musical accompaniment. For this unique engagement, Secret Highways will perform stripped-down, instrumental versions of selected tracks from Daydream Nation.
33 1/3 is a series of books written about important and/or seminal music albums. Written by one author per album, the series is published by Continuum Books, and is edited by David Barker.