Sunday, April 12, 2015

Trash Tankas for Lady Stardust a Bowie Discography in Verse, by Byron Coley and Thurston Moore (signed and numbered, Glass Eye Books, 2002)

This week I'll showcase another early find from my collection: a chapbook called Trash Tankas for Lady Stardust by music critic Byron Coley and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. This was created for a Brooklyn McSweeney's party in 2002 in an edition of 100 copies, signed by both Coley and Moore.

The book is hand assembled and staplebound with a lilac cover on heavier card stock paper. Inside, Coley and Moore have composed a tanka (a Japanese poetic form) for each of David Bowie's albums. Take a look:

The book is numbered out of 100 copies, but my copy features two edition numbers: on the pink sheet on the back cover as well as on the colophon inside. This is copy 63/100 (inside) and 38/100 (outside).

I picked this up shortly after it's publication from a seller online for something like $20 -- I was a big McSweeney's fan at the time and still couldn't get enough of Sonic Youth's A Thousands Leaves, which I had won three years prior on a radio giveaway from my hometown station, Northampton, MA's 99.3. Very cool to see Glass Eye Books operated in the next town over, too!

Currently reading:
Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollmann

Currently listening to:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "Tender Prey"

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