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“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We couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this collection of unpublished poems, drafts, never before seen photos, and correspondences between Stanford, Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Alan Dugan, and more.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 The book features unpublished poems, drafts, letters, and the first publicly heard AUDIO RECORDING of Stanford reciting.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 email@example.com 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...
THE DEAD WEATHER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DODGE AND BURN
SPECIAL DODGE AND BURN VAULT PACKAGE AVAILABLE NOW
Way back in October 2013, The Dead Weather and Third Man Records announced an incredibly special 7” featuring “Open Up (That’s Enough)” b/w “Rough Detective” as part of Vault Package #18. These two tracks were a fierce battle cry heralding the announcement of a brand new Dead Weather album that was to be released in a revolutionary fashion. Teased out over the past year and a half via a series of 7” singles, the physical versions of which were ONLY available via The Vault (Third Man’s one-of-a-kind subscription mail-order service), the band promised this would culminate in a brand new album in 2015. The third Dead Weather LP would be a full length album comprised not only of the previously released 7” singles, but newly recorded, previously-unheard material. Today, The Dead Weather officially announce their new album Dodge & Burn.
Dodge and Burn will be released worldwide in September 2015 on Third Man Records and will feature eight brand new songs, along with the four previously released tracks remixed and remastered. Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence spent their rare and sporadic free moments over the past year recording together in Nashville. With the members of the band heavily involved in other projects, The Dead Weather will not be touring in support of the new album. Thankfully the thick and heavy Dodge and Burn will satisfy your urges for the dark magic that is The Dead Weather for a very long time.
The ONLY special, limited edition version of the new album will be released as Vault Package #25, which will arrive the same week as the standard album release in September. The Dodge & Burn Vault Package will include:
Subscriptions for Vault Package #25 are open until July 31st, visit http://thirdmanrecords.com/vault to sign up now! And if you need a reminder of what you’re in for, here are some clips from the previously released tracks from the upcoming album: