Once the grandson of a Fluxus artist, always the grandson of a Fluxus artist. Beck‘s grandfather, Al Hansen, was a modern artist known for being part of the “anti-art” movement called Fluxus. Beck has always had the genre-blurring arty side to his music too. His next music project isn’t even about recorded music. It’s an “album” of sheet music that the public can create their own music with. It’s probably no coincidence that Beck is using his surname Beck Hansen on this release, which is called Song Reader. The book is scheduled to be released in December by the hip folks at McSweeney’s.
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BECK HANSEN’S SONG READER features original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Beck’s acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more, as well as an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, The New York Times) and a foreword by Beck. The package measures 9.5” x 12.5” with 108 pages comprising 20 individual full-color song booklets—18 featuring original lyrics, and 2 instrumentals—with covers from more than a dozen different artists.
Readers’ (and select musicians’) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney’s website. Check back at http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/song-reader and BECK.COM for further information and updates as they are available.