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1971 Songbook by Joanne Robertson & Byron Coley

1971 Songbook by Joanne Robertson & Byron Coley with illustrations by Joanne Robertson

Published by Tenderbooks/Bad Taste Press. Paperback, 36 pages. 2018

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1971 Songbook is an illustrated chapbook of poems masquerading as reviews of albums released in 1971 (or reviews of albums released in 1971 masquerading as poems). Joanne Roberston is a visual artist/musician/writer based in Glasgow. Byron Coley is a writer/archivist based in Massachusetts (as well as being the author of the long running Size Matters column in The Wire of course). Over the past decade, the two have collaborated on a series of projects, including curating shows, and writing books of poetry.

Say the authors about this current book: "The idea for doing a book of poems functioning as reviews of records released in a certain year was originally hatched as a transatlantic jape. But upon further consideration, it seemed like a pretty fine way to investigate the culture of a specific year, one in which one of the principals was in high school, and the other was not yet earthbound. Reality and imagination could be given equal weight. Options could be explored. Fun could be poked. Why not just do it? So we did."


Alice Coltrane Journey In Satchidananda

Beach Boys Surf's Up

Anne Briggs Anne Briggs

John Cale & Terry Riley Church Of Anthrax

The Doors Riders On The Storm

Michael Hurley Armchair Boogie

Sun Ra The Paris Tapes

Sly & The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On

The Modern Lovers Hospital (Live)

Van Morrison Tupelo Honey

Comus First Utterance

Van Der Graf Generator Pawn Hearts

Roy Harper Stormcock

Yoko Ono Fly

Todd Rundgren Runt

David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name