08.26.2010

NORTHWEST PASSAGE RELEASE PARTY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27th, 7PM | FREE
READING FRENZY | 921 SW OAK ST.

Celebrate the release of the Dill Pickle Club’s newest publication, Northwest Passage: 50 Years and Independent Music from the Rose City, with a short talk by the book’s editor, Marc Moscato, and the publication’s audio editor, Erin Yanke.

Northwest Passage is a book and audio CD highlighting the history of Portland’s burgeoning independent music scene, and includes contributions from: The Dill Pickle Club, Mississippi Records, Oregon Historical Music Society, PDX Pop Now!, Joe Kregal, Ural Thomas, Valerie Brown, Fred and Toody Cole, Vanessa Renwick and Erin Yanke, Calvin Johnson and Cool Nutz.

Afterward, DJ HWY 7 spins a special set of forgotten Portland classics 1950s-present, mined from his archive of local vinyl – from punk to funk and blues and deep PDX soul. This event is free, with beer donated by Ninkasi.

I spent a good chunk of time designing Northwest Passage over the past few weeks- in my estimation, it’s a pretty righteous book content-wise, charting the history of Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows, Portland soul singer Ural Thomas (the man responsible for opening many an Otis Redding concert and for providing James Brown with many of the hooks he’s so famous for), along with Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic/K Records’ Calvin Johnson, and a ton of others.

Thanks to Marc Moscato and the Dill Pickle Club for inviting me to collaborate on what will definitely be a milestone in American music history.