Beck's Songbook, via McSweenys

November 18th, 2012

So there is a new release from Beck on the way, but it's not what you would expect.

Beck Hansen's Song Reader is a sheet music album, and will be available through McSweeny's, a wonderful little publishing house founded by author Dave Eggers. He explains the project in this article for The New Yorker: 


"I came across a story about a song called “Sweet Leilani,” which Bing Crosby had released in 1937. Apparently, it was so popular that, by some estimates, the sheet music sold fifty-four million copies. Home-played music had been so widespread that nearly half the country had bought the sheet music for a single song, and had presumably gone through the trouble of learning to play it. It was one of those statistics that offers a clue to something fundamental about our past."