“The finished product belongs among the most revealing documents we have about the author.” -from a review by Robert Rea at the Oxford American.Read the full reviewhere.Â
“Less a formal lecture and more a bizarre kind of stand-up routine, the record is filled with non-sequiturs, jokes, poetry, and some of the brilliant verbal runs Barry is known for, all punctuated by Hannahâs wonderful smokerâs cackle, a remarkable effect in itself. At turns hilarious, baffling, and honest to a sometimes-uncomfortable degree, what comes through most is Hannahâs deep love of his friends, writing, and the ecstatic life.” -from Jimmy Cajoleas’ review at Nerve.com. Read the full reviewhere.
Read a review of the record inthe Clarion-Ledgerrighthere.(photo above from the Clarion-Ledger Business section)Â
Read more about the release RIGHT HERE. Â The record is limited to 500 vinyl copies and will be available at The End of All Music on Saturday, April 18th. If any copies remain they will be for sell in our webstore starting Monday, April 20th.
Updated 4/9/15: Jim Dees mentioned the Barry Hannah record in his column in the Oxford Citizen newspaper. Photo below.
Omnivore Records is reissuing this excellent Memphis classic produced by Jim Dickinson in 1979. Â The compilation features Furry Lewis, Sid Selvidge, Fred Ford, Alex Chilton, Mud Boy & the Neutrons, Teenie Hodges, and lots of other notable Memphis musicians. This is the first time Beale Street Saturday Night has ever been reissued and up ’til now it’s been rare and expensive to track down. The proceeds from the sellÂ of this reissue will go to Beale Street Caravan. Â The first pressing of this reissue will come on clear vinyl, which our Record of the Month Club members will be receiving along with a very limited 8×10 photo print of Jim Dickinson taken by photographer Pat Rainer. Â The photo was used in the liner notes for the record and features a young Dickinson sporting a great Memphis t-shirt. Â The print is signed and numbered by Pat Rainer in an edition of 25 copies AND is exclusive to our ROTM Club! The record comes out April 14th so it will ship out around then.Â
We only have a few prints left for new members so if you’re interested please sign up ASAP right here.Â
“Beale Street Saturday Night is a Jim Dickinson masterpiece.
He captured the community and spirit of Memphis Blues in the â70s, splicing analog recordings together into an un-banded record only imagined, much less realized, in Memphis.
The â70s were a dark time for the city. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. changed Memphisâ soul and soul music. After the assassination, the city tore much of downtown down, bulldozing the path of MLKâs march, Dickinson would point out. Beale Street, which had been a vibrant neighborhood and cultural Mecca, was shuttered at the time of this record. A stain. Stax was demolished, literally.
Dwelling in the ruins, the Memphis underground music community was rich in character at the time of Beale Street Saturday Night. The Blues masters had been interacting and making music with the youth rock ânâ roll art underground bohemian outlaw musicians for years now, creating the âworld boogieâ (which is still coming). These musicians and artists had reached out in the darkness of segregation and found each other through the brotherhood of music and the freedom of rock ânâ roll, led by the coffee shop record collecting Yankee youth of Bill Barth and John Fahey, and the Southern illumination of Sam and Dewey Phillips. Mud Boy & The Neutrons rose out of the swamp of the Dream Carnivals and Memphis Blues festivals to carry on jug band music, drug fueled improvisational roots music and performance art, but thatâs anotherâs story.
This is not a field recording. Jim produced these multi-tracked recordings in The Orpheum Theatre, at Ardent and Sam Phillips Studios, and in his home on his beloved Ampex 8-track. He loved the concept of a hi-if recording of a lo-fi sound. He said Johnny Woods could read his mind in the studio. This is an example of the world boogie, the country blues masters and the crazy white boys, locking themselves in world class recording studios for late night recording sessions because they loved playing music togetherâMud Boy & The Neutrons (Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Lee Baker, and Jimmy Crosthwait), Fred Ford, Sleepy John Estes, Prince Gabe, Furry Lewis, Teenie Hodges, Johnny Woods, and so many more.
This is the setting and cast of characters for Beale Street Saturday Night, a fantasy soundtrack to an alternate Memphis reality, the history of Memphis music told by its creators to the future. Living legends in dark rooms with microphones, casting spells and telling lies, transcending time, space, and, most importantly, race. Only in Memphis would young white record producers put such raw black music and storytelling together to create an integrated Southern masterpiece. Only in the grooves of this record does this Memphis exist, the ghosts telling the stories to the kids, aged memory and youthful fantasy combining to create a world all its own. Only James Luther Dickinson could have produced Beale Street Saturday Night.
We’reÂ proud to be participating in Record Story Day for a fourth consecutive year. This year the big day falls on Saturday, April 18th. Weâll be opening our doors at 10 a.m. Weâve got lots planned for this year including our first ever vinyl release.
Independent record stores, labels, and music fans all over the world celebrate Record Store Day. Many major and indie record labels release limited-edition titles only available at participating record stores on Record Store Day. Itâs also a great excuse for us to throw a big party and thank all our customers for supporting us throughout the years.
This year weâre releasing our first vinyl record. Barry Hannah âI have no idea what tradition Iâm in. Donât careâ is a spoken word recording from 1989 recorded by William Ferris at the University of Mississippi. The recording features a guest lecture Barry Hannah gave to a small group of students at Ole Miss as part of Ferrisâ class on Southern Literature. Barry Hannah was the writer-in-residence at Ole Miss at the time and Ferris had recently helped to start The Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The record is an excellent example of what it was like to be in a classroom with Barry Hannah. The record is being released in a limited number of 500 copies, features liner notes by William Ferris and Lisa Howorth, and is only available at The End of All Music. Â The Barry Hannah record will retail for $16.99. Â If any copies remain after Record Store Day theyÂ will be available on our web storeÂ starting Monday, April 20th. Â (for more info please go here.)
The Thacker Mountain Radio show broadcast live on Thursday, April 16 from Off Square Books in Oxford will focus on the release featuring readings and music dedicated to Barry Hannah. More info can be found at www.thackermountain.com.
Barry Hannahâs son Po Hannah will be performing in the store the afternoon of Record Store Day with his band High Water Railers. The band features a special lineup with Laurie Stirratt, Chris Michaels, and Dave Hoffpauir. They will perform a short set at the store and then a full set later that night at Proud Larryâs on the Square.
Proud Larryâs will be hosting the official Record Store Day After Party. More info on that TBA.
We hosted a t-shirt design contest for our annual Record Store Day shirt. The winning design was submitted by Lauren Dayan and features our store underneath the spring seasonâs star constellations. The shirts will be limited. See more of Laurenâs work at her website.
Helping us out this year with the food and drinks is Yalobusha Brewing Co., Oxford Brewing Co., Home Place Pastures, High Point Coffee, and Confit Web Design.
Yalobusha Brewing Co. has crafted a special single hop, black IPA called âBats Out of Aleâ to coincide with the Barry Hannah record release. The beer is super limited and will be available for free at the store that afternoon, later at Proud Larryâs, and at the breweryâs tap room in Water Valley.
Oxford Brewing Co. will also be providing beer.
You must be at least 21 years of age to drink any beer. Â There will be no beer allowed outside the store.Â
Home Place Pastures of Como, MS will be supplying the food. Theyâll be smoking some pork shoulders fresh off their farm for pulled pork sandwiches free to everyone who shows up.Â Â Home Place Pastures raises all natural heritage breed hogs on pasture completely free of any growth hormones or antibiotics right down the road in Como, Mississippi. Check them out on Facebook and at homeplacepastures.com.
Hight Point Coffee will be joining us again to serve coffee all morning. Coffee is a buck a cup and all proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.
James Kelleway of Confit Web Design will also be providing food.
All of the food and drink will be FREE!
Cole Furlow of Dead Gaze will be DJing in front of the store all afternoon.
We will also be giving away tons of free swag all day long.
Weâll release a full list of Record Store Day titles the week leading up to the big day. We will not stock everything on the official Record Store Day list but we will have a majority of it. Please check out the list to see if weâre getting what youâre wanting. Record Store Day titles are 1 copy per title per person. There are no holds, special orders, or presales on any Record Store Day titles. For any questions regarding Record Store Day please give us a call at 662-281-1909.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
From the Record Store Day official website:
The official ambassador for Record Store Day this year is Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
Record Store Day is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Record Store Day takes place annually on the thirdÂ SaturdayÂ of April.
Â Record Store Day 2015 Sponsors:
ADA, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Disk Union, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Discmakers, InGrooves, Music Business Association, RED, Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA
For Record Store Day this year we’re putting outÂ our first vinyl record release,Â Barry Hannah: I have no idea what tradition Iâm in. Donât care., which is a spoken-word record featuring a talk given by author Barry Hannah to a small class at the University of Mississippi in 1989. William Ferris made the recording while teaching at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss. The record features liner notes written by Ferris and Lisa Howorth, author of Flying Shoes and co-owner of Square Books in Oxford.
Barry Hannah wrote many books of fictionâshort stories and novels. His books have been awarded many accolades and critical acclaim. His debut novel Geronimo Rex was nominated for the National Book Award in 1972. He also received the prestigious Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim, the Robert Penn Warren Lifetime Achievement Award, Mississippiâs Governorâs Award, the William Faulkner Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story. He was permanent writer-in-residence at Ole Miss in Oxford from the mid-1980s until is death in 2010. Some of his most notable works are Airships, Ray, Yonder Stands Your Orphan, High Lonesome, Captain Maximus, and The Tennis Handsome. He was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1942 and grew up in Clinton, Mississippi.
The record is a glimpse into the life of a student at Ole Miss in 1989 attending a class with Barry Hannah. Hannah had been living in Oxford for close to a decade at this point and this recording captures a candid, loose lecture from Barry covering many topics including his writing, career, art, Mississippi, music, the South, and much more.
The record is being pressed on vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies and will be available at The End of All Music on Record Store Day, April 18, 2015. If any copies remain after Record Store Day they will be sold online the following week via The End of All Musicâs webstore. The record will retail for $16.99.
This record is being released with permission from the William R. Ferris Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where the original recording is housed.
âBarry was Doc Holliday at the Itâs-Not-Necessarily-OK-Corralâsharpshooter of words, coolest of the coolâoriginal, iconoclastic, unafraid. Rough and romantic. Brilliant and bad-ass. But marshmallow-hearted! Engaged with his town, his students, his kids, his dogs and cats. And manâheâd shoot me for my sentimentality and arduous alliteration. Itâs so good to hear that incomparable voice again. Sabers Up!â -from the liner notes by Lisa Howorth
March 1st is our 3rd birthday! It seems crazy that we opened The End of All Music on March 1, 2012. Â It’s been an amazing 3 years in business. Â Tons of great folks have come through our little shop. Â Tons of great records have passed through as well. Â Thanks to everyone that’s help make the record store what it is today…3 years later. Â Here’s to another 3 years as good as these first 3!
The March pick for our Record of the Month Club subscription is going out this week! Pops Staples’ excellent final album, Don’t Lose This, will be shipped with a poster featuring the amazing cover artwork and an original STAX Staples Singers 45 single. Â Thanks to everyone that signed up for the club and if you haven’t yet…you don’t want to miss the April selection. Â More info and sign up here.
American artistÂ Lonnie Holley is coming to Oxford in March! He’ll be performing in our shop on Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Â He will stick around after his performance to sign records and chat. Â Free beer and refreshments will be on hand.
Lonnie has two excellent albums out on the Dust-to-Digital label from Atlanta–Just Before Music and Keeping a Record of It.
He will also be performing on Thacker Mountain Radio on Thursday, March 26 at The Lyric Theater in Oxford as part of the Oxford Conference for the Book.
âLast year, at 62, after decades of singing while he worked, Holley released his jarring debut album, Just Before Music, a marriage of improvised keys and the rambling, hollow bellow of his voice, as well as the first original recording put out by the archival folk label Dust-to-Digital. This year, heâll tour, and he recently starred in a Whitney Museum group show, âBlues for Smoke.ââ â The Fader
âLonnie Holley sings with an intense, emotional voice and unleashes lyrics without consistent meter or rhyme over gossamer keyboard lines that hang in the ether. His music is a blues nebula, splotched with riffy word jazz that shares in some rappersâ collagist aesthetics as well as the runaway passion of a gospel preacher enlivened by the Spirit.â â Aquarium Drunkard
Read a feature in the New York Times on Lonnie here.
We’re hiding King Cake babies all over our shop today. If you find one you get 15% off your purchase for today only. Â Get here early to find the easy ones…the hiding spots get harder as the day goes on!
UPDATE: Only a few weeks left to submit. Some great submissions so far!
Weâre pleased to announce our inaugural t-shirt design contest for a limited-edition shirt available on Record Store Day in April 2015!
-All designs must have the store name, location, and âRecord Store Day 2015âł in the design
-All designs must be submitted as a print-ready high quality file (300 dpi or better .pdf would be great). Submissions not sent in the proper form will be ignored. Â Send design submissions to email@example.com
-All designs can only be 2 colorsÂ max. You can specify what color shirt youâd like the design on and weâll try our best to make it happen.
-Deadline is March 1, 2015
-Their design featured on our RSD 2015 shirt and will be sold in the shop on Record Store Day
-$75 gift certificate to The End of All Music
-some free shirts for their friends
-website and social media recognition
Weâll announce the winner on March 5, 2015. Â The winner gets to keep the rights to their work. Â Weâre just making a one-time print run for Record Store Day 2015 and thatâs it. Â Please email us if you have any questions. Â Tell all your graphic design, artist friends about this competition. Â We also reserve the right to not pick a winner, but man, that would be lame.
Send us your submission to firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ