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Absolutely Free: Spring ’18 Catalogue

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This com­ing Mother’s Day will see the release of a long-sim­mer­ing project here at New Star World HQ, one that’s hopped from burn­er to burn­er over the past 15 years and is now sea­soned to per­fec­tion: The Big Note: A Guide to the Record­ings of Frank Zap­pa, by Charles Ulrich, will be avail­able on May 13th. Based on hun­dreds of inter­views, let­ters, and e-mail cor­re­spon­dences with scores of musi­cians, singers, engi­neers, artists, copy­ists, and oth­ers who worked with Zap­pa, The Big Note pro­vides the lin­er notes that every album in the pro­tean and pro­lif­ic composer’s oeu­vre cries out for. Fea­tur­ing 100 albums record­ed over 35 years and the 80+ play­ers on them, with each one of 1,772 tracks described in detail, backed up by 1,424 cita­tions, it is the indis­pen­si­ble resource for any FZ fan or schol­ar.

We are also delight­ed to announce a project that’s been in the works even longer, under the guise of sev­er­al decades of friend­ship and poet­ic explo­rations: Some End / West Broad­way by George Bow­er­ing / George Stan­ley is a two-sided dou­ble-cov­ered “tum­ble book” (our sec­ond in a year!) fea­tur­ing a short book of poems by each of the esteemed authors and long-time friends. Some End / West Broad­way will be out on Feb­ru­ary 14. Learn about it in the Georges’ own words here.

And final­ly, the first day of sum­mer is always an occa­sion to cel­e­brate, but espe­cial­ly in 2018 when it coin­cides with if wants to be the same as is: Essen­tial Poems of David Bromige (pre­vi­ous­ly announced for Spring ’17). This large vol­ume drawn from 22 books pub­lished dur­ing Bromige’s life­time presents a life’s work that is, In the words of Bob Perel­man, “beau­ti­ful, deeply amus­ing, con­tin­u­al­ly sur­pris­ing.”