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Yes Dialogue ST33 Books

It probably looks from the sometimes slow postings here that we’re not up to much, but truth is we’ve been astonishingly busy on projects for our other imprint, ST33Books.  These are not available in stores, and are limited run large format titles.  After numerous teething problems our first title on the rock band Yes (titled Yes : Dialogue) is now shipping and getting a fabulous response, see the comments below.  Over half the run of 600 copies have been shipped since it came out three weeks ago.  Nip over to the site and see what we’re up to.  And that is indeed an exclusive to us Roger Dean piece of art which adorns the new cover.
Now that this is mostly off my desk top I can get back to preparing the next three Easy On The Eye titles (and a long awaited reprint.) for the presses.

IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Your team have really outdone themselves on the production; definitely worth the wait.
Perfect!
I just wanted to say how impressive it is!
Many congratulations to all concerned, this has clearly been a labour of love
A must have for any collector of Rock history and a must must must have for Yes fans!!
It’s a beautiful book. Oozes quality in all aspects.
The book is simply glorious, well done!
It really has been worth the wait to receive such a marvellous finished product.

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Chess Masters

Nice to see some of Brian Smith’s photographs used properly and with permission on a new Blues CD. The disc in question is a compilation put together by Wilko Johnson from the Chess label archives, and is designed to present his fans with the sort of material which inspired him as a young guitarist. Titled The First Time I Met The Blues, it is out now on Chess – SPECXX2114.  Looking at the cover (below), I can see at least three of Brian’s photographs in there!  If you’re not up to speed, the material is from our upcoming book “Boom Boom Boom Boom : The Photographs of Brian Smith. American Rhythm & Blues in England 1962-1966“.  And there isn’t a time I type all that when I don’t wonder a] how we ended up with such a long title and b] how on earth I can fit it all on the spine…

Talking of “Boom Boom” I managed to screw up the newsletter subscription form for this title, so prior to the date of this posting, if you thought you had subscribed, the software did not capture your details.  I have corrected this and retested it, so if you go the the main page about the book, and hit the new button, it will all function properly. That way we can keep you fully up to date on the project and any special editions, etc.

I am meeting up with Brian in a few days to sort out the last of the hi-res scans for the book and caption them up properly.

Wilko Johnson Presents CD, Brain Smith cover photos

Vintage Rock

Vintage Rock magazine is one of those fascinating niche music monthlies which make choosing at Smiths so hard these days. They cover the 50s and 60s in detail, with plenty of emphasis on the UK scene back then and so when they heard about Brian Smith’s Blues photo book were keen to interview him and show some of his photographs.  The magazine is out now, Issue 25 (April / June) and well worth a look, although it tends to be stocked only by the bigger magazine outlets (though you can buy it direct from the publishers.)  Thanks to Rik and Jack at Vintage Rock for permission to reproduce a couple of pages from the article. The shot here is one of a series Brian took from the side of the stage during a Rolling Stones concert… what an experience!

Boom Boom Brian Smith photos

 

Graham Bonnet on tour

We had a couple of meetings last week with Graham’s manager as the group are currently on tour in the UK, and finalised plans for the book editions. We will send out a newsletter next week to subscribers with all the details (you can get on the exclusive mailing list by visiting the book page on the site). I’ve never been to a rock show in Skegness before, and apparently it is 49 years since Graham last played there as a teenager!  We then took in a more regular concert in Leeds, and watched the band sound-checking beforehand, where this picture was taken. There is a review of the shows and more pictures on the Deep Purple site here.

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Graham Bonnet Band, soundcheck, Leeds, Feb 2016. Photo : Simon Robinson

Project updates 1

Yes : Dialogues ST33 BooksOur large format titles are now in production, and fans of the progressive rock band Yes can now sign up for a newsletter.  This gives people progress reports via the newsletter, as well as pre-order information and any special offers.  You can read more and sign up on the ST33Books site or sign up right away using the button below (you can unsubscribe at any time).

The list gets longer…

Work on the Boom Boom book of rare Blues photographs is nearing completion and the final stage is to sit down with Brian and get his personal recollections of taking the pictures, the shows, the clubs and of course meeting all these amazing musicians (and whether they took him at cards or not!). Most of the photo selection has now been made so we can come up with a more complete list of artists who Brian photographed in the early sixties and appear in the book (though new images are still turning up, so this may get even longer.) If you want to get the latest on this title do please join our mailing list, which is linked from the book’s news page on this site.
In the meantime here is another of Brian’s treasured signed personal photos (which he had to get a friend to take!) meeting Bo Diddley backstage.

Bo-Diddley-and-Brian-Smith, American Blues photographs

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM FEATURING : Johnny Guitar Watson, Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry, Sunny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Carl Perkins, Fred Below, Gary US Bonds, Eddie Boyd, The Chants, Charlie and Inez Foxx, Clifton James, Rev. Gary Davis, Sugar Pie Desanto, Willie Dixon, Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon, Lightning Hopkins, J B Lenoir, Jerry Lee Lewis, Larry Williams, Little Walter, Lonesome Jimmy Lee, Memphis Slim, Millie Small, Otis Span, Jimmy Reed, Doctor Ross, Joe Richardson, The Shirelles, Sunny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Eddie Playboy Taylor, Big Mamma Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Walter Horton, Muddy Waters. The Rolling Stones, Tony McPhee and The Groundhogs, Alex Harvey, Johnny Cash, Duane Eddy also feature and there is a special bonus section of images shot at Granada TV during musician’s rehearsals for the Scene At 6.30 news shows.