Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Featured: Two Books


Ed Ruscha
Hardcover



Robert Frank, The Americans (1978 edition)
Hardcover




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

EVENT: Glenn Jones/ Leaves From Off the Trees/ Baird Sisters




Thursday, June 23th at 8 pm
at
Brickbat Books



Glenn Jones
Leaves From Off the Trees
(Meg Baird, Sharron Kraus, Helena Espvall)
Baird Sisters


(donations of at least $5 are mandatory)





Glenn Jones
While there's certainly no dearth of post- American Primitive finger-picking acoustic guitarists out there these days, none even remotely come close to the well-worn, actual SONGCRAFT of Glenn Jones. Pieces flow, unhurried and thoughtful. You know how Robbie Basho used to instruct the audience to envision birds swirling around a French cathedral in "Cathedral Et Fleur Lis" and even if you've never been to France whatsoever you can still SEE it? Glenn Jones too has that ability to conjure up memories and images of people and places you've never had or met. He is the only true heir to the Takoma tradition. Whether roughly using a bottle slide, shimmering a 12 string, or slowly plucking a banjo, this guy is the real deal.



Leaves From Off The Trees
Leaves From Off the Trees was a record that came out a few years back that documented the hang-out sessions of Meg Baird, Sharron Kraus, and Helena Espvall. Those fortunate enough to find a copy were rewarded with versions of classics like "Willy O Winsbury" performed in a casual and friendly fashion by voices, guitars, and cello. The songs culled from the folk traditions of both America and the British Isles, and were performed in a loose manner befitting a slightly drunken post-dinner party jam more than an uptight "proper" studio setting. The players are known for their works with intricate acid-folkers Espers, bludgeoning sullen punkers Watery Love, guitar psych hero Masaki Batoh, to mention but a few, not to mention their own illustrious solo careers. This is an international outfit, and thus a rare opportunity to see them should not be missed.


The Baird Sisters
Baird Sisters are Meg and Laura Baird. A guitar, a banjo, and 2 sets of mesmerizingly clear and gorgeous vocals, singing songs cultivated from a lifetime immersion in Appalachain folk. Not be heretical, but they do a version of Gene Clark's "Silver Raven" that is every bit as breathtaking as the original, possibly more so.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Featured: William Burroughs & Brion Gysin


William Burroughs, The Ticket That Exploded
First Edition, Hardcover




William Burroughs, Sinki's Sauna
Stapled wraps, a numbered edition of 500




William Burroughs & Brion Gysin, The Third Mind
First Edition, Hardcover




Brion Gysin, Alarme
Paperback




Brion Gysin, Beat Museum- Bardo Hotel, Chapter 2
Stapled wraps




William Burroughs, Nova Express
First Edition, Hardcover




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Arrival: Anders Nilsen's The Game



Anders Nilsen, The Game

"This is the fully painted 'angels with machine guns' strip I did for the giant-sized Kramer's Ergot #7 in 2008. The strip in Kramer's was 3 pages. This poster/mini includes the previously unpublished fourth page. Each page is 19.5" x 16". Offset printed." -Anders Nilsen









This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Featured: Three Photography Books


Joan Almond, The Past In The Present
Signed, numbered, limited edition hardcover, accompanied by two artists proofs, in a silk covered slipcase

"Whether in the play of shadows cast on a rock by drying leaves, or in the strength of a woman's crossed forearms covered in marriage tattoos, Joan Almond's photographs maintain an exceptional sobriety of form and treatment. Shot in Morocco, Algeria, India, and Jerusalem, her photographic images focus on family traditions still strong in North Africa and the Middle East but long lost in her native America. Traveling to and working in villages and homes where few photographers have tread, Almond manages to show human beings with remarkable dignity and resilience, despite their sometimes impoverished personal circumstances. This first monograph of Almond's work is printed in tritone to replicate the platinum printing process so integral to the viewing of her photographs."





Don James, Pre-War Surfing Photographs: Portfolio 2
Limited, numbered edition of four prints in a box with tipped on plate

"Four 6.8" x 4.6" archival prints reproduced from the original negatives found in Don James's studio shortly after his death in 1996. The photographs are printed with soy-based UV inks on 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper. Each print is mounted on an acid-free 4-ply board with a numbered certificate of authenticity, and enclosed in a glassine sleeve."






Dayanita Singh, Sent A Letter
7 paper bound books in a linen clam shell box

"Dayanita Singh has been making small photo journals of her travels in India for some years now. Each book is made with a certain person in mind, either one she has made the journey with or one that was on her mind on her travels. She makes two handmade copies, one remains with her (she calls this her kitchen museum) and the other with the friend it was made for. A diary with coded images of a time shared. SENT A LETTER contains 7 of these diaries including one of Nony Singh’s photographs of her daughter growing up. The diaries are in accordion folds and open into a mini private exhibition in her friends’ homes. They are presented in a handmade cloth box."





These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Arrival: Zap!





Zap: Masters of Psychedelic Art 1965-1974

"This gorgeous oversized book is a catalog for a Zap retrospective show at Andrew Edlin Gallery curated by Gary Panter. Included are complete stories by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, and R. Crumb, and enormous images by Spain, Moscoso, Rick Griffin and S. Clay Wilson, some never-before printed. Everything was scanned from the original art and printed in luminous black and silver. These are the largest reproductions of this artwork I've ever seen."

Cardboard covers, 14” x 16,” 48 pages
Edition of 1000








This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Arrival: Destroy All Monsters!



Destroy All Monsters Magazine 1976 - 1979
Paperback, 2011, 270 pages

In stock: A slightly less opulent (no silk screened covers or flexi-disc) edition of Geisha This from a while back. Nice to have it back and available again, if briefly, for the masses.

"Facsimile edition of Destroy All Monsters Magazine including remnants of the "lost" seventh issue, which was never released. Destroy All Monsters Magazine features work by Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw.

Destroy All Monsters Magazine was edited by Cary Loren and contained artwork, photographs, and flyers from band mates Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw. Printed using any papers and techniques available to the band, the issues combine the cut and paste tactics of punk zines with a psychedelic affinity for color. Destroy All Monsters Magazine functions as a kind of manifesto, providing insight into the band through densely layered pages with movie imagery, kitsch, cartoons, delicate drawings, and counter-culture collages. While Destroy All Monsters has been the subject of recent exhibitions and partial reprints, this is the first time that all issues have been reprinted."






These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Arrivals: Little Golden Books


Gustaf, Tenggren, The Shy Little Kitten
1st Edition




Kathryn Jackson & Leonard Weisgard, Wheels
1st Edition




Mabel Watts & Art Seiden, Never Pat A Bear




Margaret Wise Brown, Edith Thacher Hurd & Richard Scarry, Two Little Miners




May Justus & Sue d'Avignon, Fun For Hunkydory
1st Edition




Esther & Eloise Wilkin, Baby Looks
1st Edition




Margaret Wise Brown & Leonard Weisgard, Pussy Willow



These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Arrivals!

a heck of a lot of books arrived at the shop this weekend. Here are a few...


Virginia Woolf, The Waves




Henry Green, Nothing




e.e. cummings, The Enormous Room




Elizabeth Bowen, The House In Paris




Alan Watts, The Two Hands Of God




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day,except Monday, 11am to 7pm.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

EVENT: Michael Chapman/ Chris Forsyth's Paranoid Cat Duo on June 10th


Friday, June 10th at 8 pm
at
Brickbat Books

Michael Chapman
Chris Forsyth's Paranoid Cat Duo


Very excited about this one! UK folk legend Michael Chapman is making a return appearance to Philly. Best known for his early 70's Harvest recordings where he sang world-weary, gorgeous songs of discontent and failure while playing the sort of progressive folk sounds that existed in the same orbit as Roy Harper or Bert Jansch. Those who saw him on any of his previous visits (including one right here with Jack Rose a few years ago) know that he's still utterly on top of his game, and, one could argue, even gotten better! His playing has gotten deeper, the songs longer and darker, and his voice as rough as Charley Patton. He is not to be missed!

Chris Forsyth's Paranoid Cat Duo finds minimalist/maximalist guitarist Chris Forsyth teaming up with organist/guitarist Don Bruno. Not too easy to pin down Forsyth's compositions. Sometimes they sound like the chiming sun shimmer of the Byrds as reinterpreted by Glenn Branca. Other times they're endless cascading solos like one guy playing Verlaine and Lloyd simultaneously.


$5 (or more if you'd like, we're not gonna try to stop you) donations are MANDATORY! Feel free to also BYOB.