I sure hope I am properly using “whence” in the title of this post. Forgiveth me, if I am not.
It’s been sometime since I wrote an update, but here we are. I am hip-deep in Pixies photos and gig posters and concert tickets and all-access lanyards, compiling everything I can to cram in to PIXIES: A Visual History, Volume 2. I keep declaring cutoff dates, “This is it, I’m done!” and then I get that one more set of photos that I have to include. I’d rather deal with the delays in launching the Kickstarter and have everything just right, as opposed to delays and delays after I set a projected ship date. Trust me, I have learned from the mistakes of Book 1!
I wanted to launch the Kickstarter in November, but there is still a lot I need to do yet to prep for that. The book itself is about 85% done, and any delays at this point are just going to lead to a better book. The plan is that everything will be gathered and ready to go by the time the Kickstarter campaign launches, at which point it all gets turned over to design legend Aaron Tanner, who will work his magic while the campaign runs. The plan is that by the end of the funding campaign, we will have reached our goal, the book will be ready to print, and it should be shipping out 2-3 months after the Kickstarter ends. That is a lot better than the 15+ months we had with Book 1.
Book 2 begins with the 2004 reunion, and the time period right around there, and goes through until November 2018. The current “Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa” shows will be the end of Book 2. It seems a perfect place to end things, if you think about it. The Pixies story kind of begins with the songs that became Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, and Book 2 ends with these anniversary shows.
Good things are coming. Initially I thought Book 1 might be the better book, because it had all those great old photos, so much of which had never been online before, or even seen by more than just a handful of people. Also there were so many photo shoots and the original album art. But Book 2 has kind of surprised me. There are a lot of live shots, of course, and a few photo shoots, but there is also so much other material I am including, such as a piece by long-time Pixies associate, Myles Mangino, and work from Kayt Hester’s Pixies art show, which is also featured on the current tour.
I also leaving room for fan submissions! If you have some great photos of the band, whether it is a candid moment, or a particularly interesting stage shot, send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries used in the book will get photo credit plus a contributors copy of the basic book.
That’s all for now! Look for another update in the coming weeks with more information about PIXIES: A Visual History, Volume 2.
Sean T. Rayburn