A little late to add to the summer book list, but arriving just in time for those buying early – ahem – “bird” vacations will be ‘The Byrds: 1964-1967’, an art book by 400-page large-format collection curated by the band’s three surviving founding members, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby.
The Byrds exploded when they released a cover of “Mr. all-time influencers and eventual Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.Showcasing their unmistakable harmonies and McGuinn’s innovative 12-string Rickenbacker guitar work, the band never stopped experimenting, incorporating folk, country and jazz influences. in a fresh blend that helped define an era.
McGuinn, Hillman and Crosby now come together not to perform, but to present a tablebook that offers a unique visual history of the band’s defining era. Featuring more than 500 images from legendary photographers such as Henry Diltz, Curt Gunther, Jim Marshall, Linda McCartney and Guy Webster, “The Byrds: 1964-1967” also includes restored footage from the Columbia Records archives and the manager’s personal archives. origin of the group. .
“Being in The Byrds was a detour to my dream of being a folksinger,” McGuinn said in a statement. It was a very special detour, and one that I will always hold close to my heart.
The book sees a running commentary featuring McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby’s memories of the band, the era, and their late bandmates Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. Available in standard sizes and three additional sizes, it offers a truly unique collectible for Byrds fans and any collector of photography books featuring legendary 1960s pop culture.
“The Byrds: 1964-1967” is available in four editions. Each is an oversized 10.5 x 13 inch large format presentation with over 500 photographs on 400 pages. Printed in Italy on premium 200gsm fine art paper, all versions feature sewn binding and a quarter bound case. The standard edition costs $125 and is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.
Other options include a “Deluxe Edition” hand signed by McGuinn and Hillman and delivered in a custom matching slipcase, limited to just 1600 copies worldwide with a retail price of $350. The “Super Deluxe Edition” also bears Crosby’s signature, comes in a custom clamshell case, has four gold edges, and is limited to 800 copies worldwide for $475. Finally, the “Super Deluxe Edition with Fine Art Print” is hand-signed by all three, comes in a clamshell case with gold edges, and is limited to just 75 copies worldwide and sells for $1,700. The huge price tag is offset by a choice of three exclusive limited edition 11 x 14 inch fine art prints; McGuinn photographed by Diltz in 1967, Hillman photographed by Barry Feinstein in 1965 or Crosby photographed by Marshall in 1965.
Scheduled for release in September, all versions of the book are now available for presale with additional information at byrdsbook.com. Given the limited quantities of each release, there’s a good chance they’ll sell out, especially when people start to realize the holidays will be here sooner rather than later.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week is a new compilation from two brothers who helped shape the future of rock and roll.
THIRD BLIND EYE: ‘A COLLECTION’
In 2006, Third Eye Blind released a greatest hits compilation, “A Collection”. On Friday, coincidentally the same day the alternative rock band is due to play the Mann Center as part of its 25th anniversary tour, the compilation will make its vinyl debut as a double LP.
The set’s 19 tracks were selected from the Bay Area band’s first three studio albums released between 1997 and 2003 and include their greatest singles mixed in with some rarities and fan favorites. In addition to the 180-gram vinyl double LP set, a special orange vinyl version is also available exclusively at select physical retailers.
Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album went six times platinum in the United States, where it spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard 200. The first side of “A Collection” brings together the album’s five singles, including ” How’s It Going to Be”, “Graduate”, and “Semi-Charmed Life”, the band’s highest charting single. Released in July 1997, the song topped the Modern Rock charts in August and was certified gold later that year. that year and saw the Billboard Music Awards name it Modern Rock Track of the Year.
Another staple track from the debut and featured on “A Collection” is “Jumper,” one of 3EB’s biggest songs that has also been embraced as an anti-bullying anthem, especially in the LGBTQ community. Frontman Stephan Jenkins originally talks about a friend’s suicide, leading the band to become strong supporters of suicide prevention.
Related to that, this year the band collaborated with Smith & Cult to create a nail polish line in honor of their 25th anniversary and titled after songs from their six-times platinum debut. The colors are named: Jumper, London, God of Wine, Semi-Charmed and The Background. Third Eye Blind donates 100% of proceeds from the Jumper shade to True Colors United, the nonprofit founded by Cyndi Lauper that implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on experiences unique to LGBTQ youth.
The band’s second and third albums, “Blue” (1999) and “Out of the Vein” (2003), contribute ten songs to “A Collection”. Highlights include the Top 20 hit “Never Let You Go” and the singles “10 Days Late” and “Blinded (When I See You)”. The set also features deep cuts in “Wounded,” “God of Wine” and the version of “Slow Motion” that includes lyrics. Rounding out the set are a selection of rarities, including “Tattoo of The Sun,” the B-side to “Semi-Charmed Life,” and “My Time in Exile,” which appeared on the Japanese version of “Out of the Vein “. .’
‘A Collection’ can be found online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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