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It seems like only yesterday that Third Man was opening its doors for the first time, inviting a very select few friends and fans inside a nondescript black building in an historically industrial part of Nashville, Tennessee, just a stone’s throw from the bustling downtown honky-tonks. It was in this magic environment that the Dead Weather, a collaborative project between Jack Lawrence, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack White, would make their live debut.
As a part of the inaugural festivities, attendees were invited to live the experience fully through their five senses and trade in their cell phones upon entry. In return, each guest was given a sealed blank envelope which included a hand-painted 7” test pressing of the Dead Weather’s first single “Hang You From the Heavens.” Each band member painted artwork for each of the one-of-a-kind singles, and a unique strip of photos taken by the full band in the Third Man photo booth was contained inside. All were thought to have been given out the night of the event. At least, that’s what we thought.
In his closet, Jack has uncovered an additional sealed, hand-painted Dead Weather “Hang You From the Heavens” 7” from that otherworldly night. The artwork for this single has not been seen since 2009 and could have been designed by any member of the band.
So, here’s the scoop, friends: we are going to give this ultra-rare single away to one lucky Vault member as a part of the coolest Vault contest to date. All current Vault members will be have their name automatically entered into this contest. Any Vault member who successfully gets a friend to purchase a Platinum Vault membership between now and Friday, July 31 at midnight CST will have an additional 50 entries into this contest. The new Platinum Vault member (your friend) will automatically be given one entry as well.
You can enter by sending an email to: email@example.com. To be entered successfully, you must include your first and last name as well as the name and email address of the friend that signed up for a Platinum Vault membership thanks to your recommendation. All entries will be double-checked to ensure that the referred party's Platinum Vault subscription has been activated during this brief period of time. Then, on Monday, August 3, we will use a randomizer to pick one Platinum Vault member as the winner, announce it on the Vault site and ship the 7” with an insane amount of packing material. Probably in a fireproof box or a safe. Who knows.
Good luck all!
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A PLATINUM VAULT MEMBER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO E-MAIL TO BE ENTERED. YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED. PLEASE ONLY E-MAIL ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SIGNED UP A FRIEND FOR A PLATINUM SUBSCRIPTION.
“The big event in poetry for 2015 will likely be the long-awaited resurrection of Frank Stanford, a legendary badass from Arkansas, much of whose poetry has been unavailable since his suicide at the age of 29 in 1978… Stanford was a hell of a metaphor-maker and simile-slinger, and could cast a spell of extreme intensity with a flick of his wrist.”—NPR.org
We couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this collection of unpublished poems, drafts, never before seen photos, and correspondences between Stanford, Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Alan Dugan, and more. So, to celebrate, we've released a few companion goodies... 2 Frank Stanford buttons, a Third Man Books ball point pen, and a Janaka Stucky Button. (Oh, and if you haven't picked up a Third Man Books tote bag, we've got those too!)
On TOP of all that good stuff, for a limited time, we are offering 10% off your ENTIRE Third Man Store order with the inclusion of a Third Man Books title in your cart. Simply use the code "WELLREAD" at check-out. Exclusions apply.
The good folks at TIDAL were hangin' around Mike Floss on that fateful day we had him perform in the Blue Room last month. Get a glimpse into the life of the rising Nashville hip hop artist and a peek into the show as he performs his hit "Dope Boy Dreaming" below. It's the next best thing to having been there yourself...
Third Man Books is very proud to announce pre-sales for our third title, Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives. Stanford is a personal favorite of many at Third Man Books, and this title has been an endeavor taken on with a special touch. The book features unpublished poems, drafts, letters, and the first publicly heard AUDIO RECORDING of Stanford reciting. The recording will be made available on the book’s street date of July 21.
“The big event in poetry for 2015 will likely be the long-awaited resurrection of Frank Stanford, a legendary badass from Arkansas, much of whose poetry has been unavailable since his suicide at the age of 29 in 1978... Stanford was a hell of a metaphor-maker and simile-slinger, and could cast a spell of extreme intensity with a flick of his wrist.”—NPR.org
"His love poems can sound like the cry of an angel falling backward through an open window, to borrow Dwight Yoakam’s line about Roy Orbison’s voice... Mr. Stanford could lose his heart without blowing his cool.”—New York Times, 2015
"...It is astounding to me that I was not even aware of this accomplished and moving poet. There is a great deal of pain on the poems, but it is a pain that makes sense, a tragic pain whose meaning rises from the way the poems are so firmly molded and formed from within."—James Wright.
Edited by Michael Wiegers and Chet Weise, Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives is a collection of unpublished poems, drafts, never before seen photos, and correspondences between Stanford, Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Alan Dugan, and more. Copper Canyon Press and Third Man Books have collaborated to make Hidden Water not only a must have book on its own, but a must have complement to Copper Canyon's definitive Stanford collection What About This.
In addition to Hidden Water being made available as a stand alone title, we are offering a Hidden Water Special Edition featuring two books of Frank Stanford’s work: Third Man Books own Hidden Water is bundled in a custom slipcase with the 764 page hardcover title What About This published by Copper Canyon Press. Also included are two framable broadsides featuring poems and artwork by Stanford, and, to top it off, a reproduction of Stanford’s own notepad. Pre-order the Special Edition HERE.
Born in 1948, Frank Stanford was a prolific poet known for his originality and ingenuity. He has been dubbed "a swamprat Rimbaud" by Lorenzo Thomas and "one of the great voices of death" by Franz Wright. He grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, and then Arkansas, where he lived for most of his life and wrote many of his most powerful poems. Stanford died in 1978. He authored over ten books of poetry, including eight volumes in the last seven years of his life.
Pre-order your specially priced regular edition of Hidden Water HERE.
In honor of the exquisite Italian Style exhibit at Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts, we fashioned this week's Record of the Week around the model in our midst, Miss Karen Elson. As you may recall in 2012, we debuted Miss Elson's darkly gorgeous cover of Jackson C. Frank's classic "Milk and Honey" with an equally mesmerizing b-side version of Bonnie Dobson's "Winter's Going." Indulge your senses with the beautiful video of Karen performing the song along with Fats Kaplin here and pick up your copy of the 7'' for a very Nice Price. You can catch the lady of the hour at the Frist Center Auditorium August 20th giving an insider lecture on the perspectives of stylish cities from Milan to our own home in Nashville. The Italian Style exhibit will be up for your viewing pleasure through September and if you're lucky you may just get a free pass with your purchase of Milk and Honey in the TMR storefront! (Passes are limited and first-come-first-served.)
As you surely know by now, we here at Third Man Records prefer to bring you only the best of news. Unfortunately, today we have some bad news. Our 7/16 show featuring Death From Above 1979 will not go on... at least not as scheduled. Due to circumstances beyond our or the band's control, the band will be postponing the first 4 of their July tour dates, and that, of course, includes ours.
This leaves ticket holders with a few options:
1. Request a refund* (if you purchased online, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling, if you purchased at our Nashville storefront, bring your ticket(s) back during business hours for a full refund)
2. Hold onto your ticket/s in the event that the show is rescheduled (likely to happen within the month)**
*If and when the show is rescheduled ticket-holders who opted for a refund and forfeited their ticket(s) will not have any claim to said ticket or to a new ticket if/when remaining tickets go on sale.
**If the show is not rescheduled within 2 months, all tickets will be refunded plus tax.
And now, a message from the band:
"Dudes/dudettes, due to circumstances far beyond our control
( immigration/visa issues )
we can't make the first handful of shows this month. This is a giant bummer for us.
We'll try to make it up to you soon. - Seb & Jesse"
Our apologies for this major bummer change in plans. We hope we will have new news to delight you very soon...