Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.

The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.

According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.

The album is set to be released on 7th April.

Check out the full album below:

J Dilla's Life Story Published As A Children's Book

J Dilla's Life Story Published As A Children's Book

Following the recent acquisition of J Dilla's fabled MPC, by The Smithsonian as part of a permanent collection at their National Museum of African American History and Culture. The life story of J Dilla's early years is the subject of a new illustrated children's book. Inspired by stories from Dilla's mother, Maureen 'Ma Dukes' Yancey-Smith, who also narrated an interactive audio component to the book.

Two versions of the book will be available, a standard edition and a deluxe edition which includes an audio USB. All proceeds will go to the J Dilla Foundation. The book is out on 22nd November.

Source: The Vinyl Factory

Upcoming Biography On Curtis Mayfield's Life, As Told By His Son

Upcoming Biography On Curtis Mayfield's Life, As Told By His Son

Curtis Mayfield's impact on soul music is undeniable and various accounts on his life has been written through the years. This October a new account written by none other than his very own son, Todd Mayfield, promises to bring more intimacy and depth to the soul singer's life.

The book will be titled Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield, written by Todd and in collaboration with writer Travis Atria. As reported by the Chicago Tribune“In presenting his story through my eyes,” Todd writes, “I have tried to tell it like it is and like it was, even when a crafted piece of public relations would have made him look better.”

The book chronicles Mayfield's life from childhood until his death in 1999, offering more depth with personal anecdotes from Todd. The Chicago Tribune provides several samples such as Mayfield moving to the dangerous Cabrini-Green housing complex on the Near North Side of Chicago, and befriending fellow soul singer and songwriter Jerry Butler. Eventually joining his group, The Impressions, and creating hits such as “Gypsy Woman,” “It’s Alright” and “I’m So Proud.”

Following a successful solo career in the 70s, an accident with some stage lighting equipment left him paralyzed from the neck down in 1990. After releasing one final album in 1996, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame in 1999, he passed away in December of that year at the age of 57.

“At that moment, I didn’t know what to think or how to feel,” writes Todd in Traveling Soul. “A part of me felt relief that he was gone and didn’t have to suffer any longer. Another part of me felt alone, with no father to be there for me if I really needed something.”

This book will definitely be movin' on up to the top of any self professed Mayfield fans' book list this fall. Book was released on 1st October.

Source: Okayplayer

Jamaican Illustrator Wilfred Limonious Gets Due Recognition

Jamaican Illustrator Wilfred Limonious Gets Due Recognition

In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious celebrates the vibrant art of Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious who had a definitive role in creating the island's burgeoning dancehall aesthetic in the 80s.

As reported by The Vinyl Factory, "His vibrant work played a definitive role in the island’s emerging dancehall aesthetic, splashed across labels, record sleeves, cassette inserts and posters, providing all he touched with what CKLN Toronto radio host David Kingston has called “a stamp of authenticity that this was indeed a bona fide Jamaican product."

A recent exhibition of the same name was held recently as well, while Limonious is surely not a household name, the exhibition and this book hopes to shed more light into the Jamaican illustrator's invaluable contributions to the scene as shared by Professor Paul Gilroy of King's College London who said, "This amazing book fills in pages that have long been missing from the official history of Jamaica's popular culture. The artful, comic insights revealed in Wilfred Limonious’ drawings and designs are not only an overlooked contribution to Jamaica’s musical heritage, they are clues to the deepest layers of the island’s rebel identity."

Check out some preview images and find out more about the book at One Love Books.

Source: The Vinyl Factory, One Love Books

[UPDATE] Second Wave Of Marvel's Hip Hop Covers Features Wu-Tang Clan, Chance The Rapper And More

[UPDATE] Second Wave Of Marvel's Hip Hop Covers Features Wu-Tang Clan, Chance The Rapper And More

Update 17/09/16: As reported by Mass Appeal, Marvel has unveiled a new batch of hip hop covers featuring ScHoolboy Q, Insane Clown Posse and Action Bronson to name a few.

Check them out below.

Doctor Strange and The Sorcerers Supreme / ScHoolboy Q

Foolkiller / Insane Clown Posse

Solo / Action Bronson & Alchemist

Great Lakes Avengers / MC Lyte

Rocket Raccoon / Tyler, The Creator

Original Article: Hip hop and comic books have had a long and storied connection, from MC Daniel Dumile's moniker MF DOOM paying homage to the Fantastic Four's metal faced villain to Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah taking on the pseudonym of Tony Starks for his 1996 album, Ironman.

Marvel continues their run of covers which features classic hip hop album covers turned into comic book cover art, with their second wave looking set to hit this fall. Featuring homages ranging from classic albums like LL Cool J's Bigger and Deffer (aka BAD) to Kevin Gate's recently certified platinum Islah.

Look out for these covers coming this fall, and check out the side by side comparison via Playboy below.

Luke Cage / LL Cool J

Luke Cage / LL Cool J

Champions / Wu-Tang Clan

Infamous Iron Man / Big Daddy Kane

Ultimates / Salt 'N Pepa

Nova / Chance The Rapper

Jessica Jones / Kevin Gates

Source: Playboy, Mass Appeal

'Love In Vain' Illustrates Legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson's Career

'Love In Vain' Illustrates Legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson's Career

Legend has it that bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to play the blues. The mythic bluesman is now the subject of an upcoming graphic novel illustrating his short life and career in music, having passed at the age of 27.

Love In Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911 - 1938, by Mezzo and J. M. Dupont will chart Johnson's childhood all the way to his meteoric rise in music. Having written some of the most timeless blues standards which has been covered by later music legends such as Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Love In Vain is sure to intrigue blues fans and rock fans alike. 


Love In Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911 – 1938 is scheduled to be released on 6th October.

Check out a preview of the inside pages of the new book above and listen to some essential tracks below:


Source: The Vinyl Factory