Byron Coley has written extensively about underground culture since the mid-70s. His work for Forced Exposure and Spin made him legendary. He is also an astounding poet and a great reader. Since 1989, Glenn Jones has led Boston’s “avant -garage” instrumental rock band Cul de Sac whose musical adventures are documented on nine albums to date, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and former Can vocalist Damo Suzuki. Tonight he'll play along Byron's hypnotic baritone.
Jeff Ladouceur will be present and will do live drawings in your copies of his book!
Two sets of music pay homage to Michael Hurley, the eccentric songwriter also known as Doc Snock, whose 40 years of songs have been seeping into the folk unconscious (including covers by Cat Power and other fans). Hurley’s melodies and words take flight into a world of plenty, inspiring wonder and humour, sin and slowness, laziness and longing. Characters include werewolves, sign-painters, tea and whiskey-drinkers, pork chops and hot dogs, wild geese, intoxicated lovers and blue navigators. The Words to the Songs of Michael Hurley is the first publication of Snock’s lyrics.
“Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human heart to a mechanic’s toolbox, Mr. Hurley creates elaborate vistas in a musical version of outsider art” – Ann Powers, New York Times
“Hurley remains one of the elusive masters of American folk” – Chris Morris, Billboard
“…I don’t know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other than that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what kind of weeds does God grow? Let’s just shut up and listen and go to where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can’t.” – Nick Tosches
"Byron Coley is the greatest rock writer that ever lived (okay, top 10)" - Blastitude
"With a finely pointed pen in black ink and a meticulous touch, [Jeff Ladouceur] draws cartoons about a bald, long-nosed, sad sack of a character called "Schmo." Our hero's struggles with ordinary existence and surrealistic encounters with cloud-creatures, tiny elephants, octopuses and an abominable snowman are funny, weird and touching." - Ken Johnson, New York Times.
(The book covers can be seen right down here, in a previous post)