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Anyone in? I had fun having a go last time, even if my book didn't get taken on.
But the next year is going to be the busiest of my life thus far in all probability so I think I'll wait for the next open call they hint is coming soon. What did you have a go with last time? I have a shortlist of three I would like to write about at some point.
It got shortlisted, but was (i tell myself, at least) a bit on the obscure side. Banging rec, though.
Thanks for the rec. Are you going to try proposing a different record?
Yeah, I want to but I can't decide. Either...
1. Godspeed: Lift yr skinny fists...
2. Peaches: The Teaches of Peaches
3. Ultravox: Vienna
would be ncie though
I'm guessing if the angle was interesting and the proposal was good enough, they might. That said, I've read a bunch of the 33 1/3s and the quality of them isn't really dependent on whether the artist in question is involved.
Really GOOD timing because if I did get it, I'll have just finished uni, and in all likelihood will have lots of time on my hands.
Really BAD timing because I'm incredibly busy in the month up to the application deadline.
Trying to choose from a shortlist of about 10. Maybe Pulp or Titus Andronicus this time.
It seems like the deadline's really soon, like a month from now. I seem to remember having loads of time last time around - but then they were inundated with proposals so I guess they're trying to put a few people off.
Pulp seems like a good shout, seeing as This Is Hardcore got through last time but the writer couldn't deliver the book for some reason.
to convince them you had enough experience to deliver an entire book. I'd like to do one, but in a few years time, when I've had more long form writing experience.
but it would involve having to contact the artist in question (daunting), cos without their cooperation i'm really not sure there'd be a narrative interesting enough to make me want to put the time in. of the handful i've read i've preferred the ones with a narrative arc of sorts, rather than the slightly more po-faced straight-down-the-line ones.
has anyone contacted artists about this kinda thing before? what's the likelihood i'm simply told politely to fuck off?
the problem this time is the short amount of time to put the proposal together, because I guess most artists would want to read what the author was proposing before agreeing to it. Now we've got less than a month to write some stuff, and to try and get it in front of the artist.
The artist I proposed last time was keen from the outset which was nice. Though he was really really underground! I think if your proposal's good and the subject isn't someone who hates interviews there must be a chance they'd want the publicity and a book entirely dedicated to them.
Andrew WK - I Get Wet.
Not had chance to read yet, though.
Would love to do one of these. Probably for Crimes by The Blood Brothers.
Anyone pitch? Streetflash? Orangejuice?
I figured my chance of getting it is pretty slim, unless I had loads of time to devote to the proposal (which I don't because dissertation woes etc etc.)
As soon as I've finished uni I'm gonna slowly get a proposal together, that way next time the call comes round I should have something to pitch already!
didn't realise you had a dissertation too!
I'm semi-retired by comparison, so did one. Think it was a bit rushed as spent last month swanning around in Paris. Fun though!
I thought a GY!BE one sounded like a great shout
I didn't actually go for that in the end. I just wanted to do something not so alt. rock, so went for The Teaches of Peaches. I figured the blend of electro/punk/pop and a feminist attitude would give plenty to write about. Interesting context too - coming out just a month before Lift yr Skinny Fists...
i was thinking about doing a proposal for thee oh sees' carrion crawler/the dream. cos it would be a really hard sell as a classic album i had an idea of contacting john dwyer and seeing whether or not i could get any sort of interaction with the band about it, cos i felt like that was one of the only ways it might become viable.
i had the intention to email his manager for about 4 or 5 days and was thinking a lot about ways i would structure any potential book, but then got a little scared- think i was starstruck at the idea of contacting someone whose music has been blowing my mind for the last 6 months and developed into unhealthy obsession. defeatism also took hold a bit, and the idea of putting loads of hours into making a proposal that had a very slim chance of being accepted led to me not doing anything :(
still, was fun to even think about it, and i've found myself reading a lot more music journalism over the last month at least in part because of that.
Think Thee Oh Sees are a great study. Esp. John as a character (and pillar of the scene). I met him once and he was lovely, too. Next time, do it!
also think that given a few years they'll be considered more highly than they are now. seems like they're really widely respected but when you search for any sort of interesting reading material about them and their work its often just very standard fare containing some combo of 'prolific SF psych-rockers', 'raucous live shows', *blurb about john dwyer* etc., without any real engagement with the work.
saw an interview with ty segall where he said something along the lines of, 'in 15 years time JD will be considered alongside the all-time greats', and while i don't think that opinion will ever be widespread i kind of agree. been enjoying the 'articles' p4k have been doing for the last few months and would like to see a long one on thee oh sees/dwyer, like you said they're an interesting band to study.
I agree with Ty, but I'd say he should already be considered one of the greats - there's already enough evidence for it, on record, in interviews and just the whole way of him.
also when i originally thought about this trawled through some old threads and found your one about JD from a couple years back- shit that's some committed work right there, i really need to check that playlist out. you're almost certainly better versed and better qualified to write this book and someone's gotta do it.
about Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu, but I ran out of time. Would have been an interesting record.
very probably His 'n' Hers by Pulp because I'd enjoy exploring the class issues surrounding it. I guess that liking/being very knowledgeable about an album is one thing, but being able to write about the contextual issues surrounding that album is another entirely.
At least I hope so. This is Hardcore was suggested last time - they clearly have a few recs which would be worthy :)
Seriously confused why any self-respecting Idlewild fan would choose to write a book about Post-Electric Blues though
Also lol at 33 1/3 getting Cynic and "Focus" the wrong way around.
It's shit, right?
A few I'd likely buy and I'm glad I didn't go for a Godspeed rec. When they said they'd got 4 Lou Reeds, I wasn't expecting 2 MMMs, a Street Hassle and The Bells!
Where should I start?
"Tubthumper" by Chumbawumba??!!!
Seriously though, good luck to (some of) those who made the cut.