On July 10th, Sasquatch Books published Love Rock Revolution by music journalist and author Mark Baumgarten. In the book, Baumgarten tells the story of K Records and Calvin Johnson through extensive research and myriad interviews conducted with people Johnson has worked with or influenced over the past 30 years. If you want to read a succinct review of the book from a local paper, I suggest this one. Here’s an excerpt from the book as well.
It’s not my intent to review the book here, though I do think it’s a story worthy of your time, if you have any interest in independent, punk and underground music and culture. I am, however, quite honored to have one of my photographs of The Hive Dwellers included in the book. Pretty cool, huh?
The author had a reading in Anacortes during the first installment of The Unknown Music Fest. The window display below features a bunch of Beat Happening LPs and other K Record ephemera from the years borrowed from Bret Lunsford. On the side of the building, one of the resident Anacortes cut-out characters was even altered to show Sasquatch reading the book.
A couple weeks later, our rad library here in Olympia hosted an event with Mark Baumgarten and The Maxines, locals with a couple 7″s on K Recs. There were almost 50 people in attendance and the author fielded several thoughtful questions from the audience after reading a selection from his text. Then, the Maxines took the stage and made all the little kiddies dance.