We have been trying to work out a schedule for our next few titles and plan to make the book of Brian Smith’s rare rhythm and blues photographs our next release, and this will at last appear in early 2018. We will announce pre-orders soon and people will be able to have their copy signed by Brian if they order in advance of publication. The cover had to be submitted to our distributors this week and our designer took the opportunity to tweak this a little: “The cover photo is a no brainer; it both sums up Brian’s skill with a camera, the era in which it was taken, and the sheer joy some of these visiting blues players felt at playing in Manchester. But I was struggling to make my original title text work against the photograph. In the end I decided the vintage typeface was the cause of the problem, and have moved on to something more simple. This allowed me to sneak in a few smaller photos, including a great shot of Brian himself fooling with Screaming Jay Hawkins!”
We can show this new design below. There is still a bit of retouching work to be done but it’s about there.
Delivery of the Graham Bonnet book began this week, and will continue into next. Review copies have also been sent to selected media outlets and to people who helped us during the production of the book. Stock has also gone out to our distributors so should be available to order through high-street bookshops very soon. The limited edition signed version is only available from our own on-line shop.
We spent some time with Graham Bonnet Biography author Steve Wright the other day so he could sign copies of the biography personally for people who had requested this option. Fuelled by tea and a Penguin biscuit we formed a chain; me opening at the right page, Steve signing, and Ann packing back into boxes. Oh and me forgetting to take any photos.
This gives us a logistical fun-time; we now have in effect four versions of the book to keep on top of! Regular edition; regular edition signed by author Steve; special edition signed by Graham, and special edition signed by Graham and Steve (on different pages of course)… So it’s a question of triple checking everyone’s paperwork before we pack.
Copies signed by Graham will also get a certificate sheet to guarantee it is what it is.
Our large format range of limited edition titles published by Stereo 33 Books are busy with the ambitious Genesis / Lamb Lies Down On Broadway project. Pre Sales for the packed Signature Hardback Edition will start shortly, and you can get early information on this by subscribing to the newsletter about the book. There will only be 350 copies of this available worldwide.
Anyone who pre-ordered the reprint of Wait For The Ricochet will be getting their copy over the next few days, indeed a lot of people have already received it. We will hold the special price for another fortnight. The book will be available to order through book shops etc. but this will take a few weeks, so if you want to jump the queue (and stop online slavery) order through us. For more on the book, read the post below.
At long last our Deep Purple title Wait For The Ricochet is being reprinted and will be back in stock during May 2017 (production files are already with the printer.) The book is substantially as before, with just typos and other small text corrections being made. You can place a discounted pre-order now on our official shop (who will be able to supply it long before Am*z*n get their rapacious hands on it!) So if you were one of the lucky people who bought it first time around you do not need to upgrade (though if you want to we will offer you a special discount.)
Rather than plug the book ourselves, here are one-line comments from different journalists and readers of the original edition. You can read the reviews in full on the site. And if this gets you in the mood for the follow-up, the Machine Head book is on the way.
• You’ll come out of the other side of this entertaining read feeling as though there is nothing more to know about Purple’s pivotal album, such is the comprehensive and detailed breadth of material on offer.
• The book looks fantastic, chock full of rare photographs and memorabilia. It’s a joy to flick through and savour,
• I had to read it from beginning to end, couldn’t lay it aside. It’s an astonishing labour of love, so much detail and very well written.
• Simply fantastic piece of work
• A superb publication. Full of fascinating stuff;
• I was anticipating an informative read, but flipping heck, the detail and general level of love and almost but not quite reverence is to be praised.
• The attention to detail, background stories, interviews and archive photos in breathtaking.
• Flawless and immaculate
• This truly is a fantastic book.
• Hugely attractive just as an object!
• Monumental and stupendously detailed.
• Superbly illustrated.
We have now opened a subscription list for Go Home On A Postcard, the Story of Walking Pictures. By joining this you will be kept up to date in the run up to publication which is now scheduled for Spring 2017. There is also a site dedicated to these vintage street photographs where you can find out more.