Please allow us to introduce you to Beth Porter and Ben Please, of The Bookshop Band, who have a unique approach to songwriting and a fascinating story behind it. It all began in late 2010 as a collaboration between three songwriters, including their original third member Poppy Pitt, and their local independent bookshop - Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath, England. To inject some music into a bookshop’s author events, the band would read a visiting author’s novel and then write a song inspired by their response to it. Then they would play it back to the author and audience in this intimate setting.
As word spread they began to be asked to play in other bookshops as well, culminating in three years of touring all over the UK, Ireland, and Europe garnering great support and praise along the way.
Reimagine Music is proud to present their latest The Bookshop Band Plays Stay Sharp and Stay Alive: Songs Inspired by American Authors. It includes songs inspired by the work of acclaimed American authors John Green, Paula McLain, Patrick Ness, Amanda Foreman, Ben Fountain, and Armistead Maupin.
The New York Times best selling author David Mitchell calls their work “Enchanting” while author Ben Fountain writes "The Bookshop Band are doing great things for writers, readers, and books.”
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"I don't see much difference between Revolver and Rubber Soul. To me, they could be Volume One and Volume Two" - George Harrison
There has been no band so rapturous nor so crucial as The Beatles. In the mid-1960s, The Beatles released Rubber Soul and Revolver, tight bundles of songs whose impact was immediate. An impressive roster of indie rock artists have gathered to pay homage to these two albums into creations of their own.
The Cure’s vision has been masterful from the very start, and the band’s melodic, mournful pop has become a musical right of passage to the world of rock n roll. Since their emergence in the late 1970s, The Cure has created music that has both given form to and disintegrated genre.
Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, Cover Me Songs, and so many others, are writing about Love Cats: A Tribute to The Cure, a new collection of recordings featuring a select few of the best in indie rock including Tancred, The Crookes, Minipop, Canopy Climbers, Sealions, Hayley Richman, Dowsing, Worm Is Green, Grace Kelly, The Hotelier, Woodpigeon, and The Guessing Game.
John Vanderslice, continuously deemed as one of indie and experimental rock’s elite, has covered Bowie’s seminal album Diamond Dogs an album inspired by George Orwell's novel 1984. Pitchfork writes that Vanderslice "takes the hits and turns them on their heads" while best selling author Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) calls it "an album of covers of dreams of songs from an album that covers a book that dreams of a future that is now the past.”
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"surprisingly satisfying results...the overall effect is simply to show the diversity of a catalogue in ways that have rarely been explored before" - Pop Matters