A new e-book has been published by music writer and Your Heart Out blogger Kevin Pearce. Your Heart Out has been running for five years and to date has 49 entries plus a series of mixtapes featuring music from Japan, South Korea, Portugal and more. Pearce is also responsible for producing a number of earlier publications, including the 1980s fanzines Hungry Beat and The Same Sky as well as his 1993 book Something Beginning With O. He has also penned screenplays for Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne. Called A Cracked Jewel Case, his new e-book is the final part in a trilogy of publications that offer up “a dub history of late 20th century pop culture”. It was preceded by 2014's A Moment Worth Waiting For (reviewed by Sukhdev Sandhu in The Wire 368) and You Know My Name: The Lovers, The Dreamers and Bobby Scott (2015).
“Here’s a book that you should open if you want to know much more about ...” promises the catchline. In the introduction, the book describes itself as a “celebration of pop porousness”. “It is not the story of music in the 1990s,” the introduction continues. “This is, instead, an illustration of how things fit together and create patterns.”
A Cracked Jewel Case is published only as an electronic edition, and it’s available via Amazon.