‘Words & Music, Book One’ Featuring Professor Sam Lipsyte Released Last Week

Rebecca Pinwei Tseng
November 22, 2021

Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings released Words & Music, Book One by the label's founder Kramer last week. The album features Associate Professor Sam Lipsyte, who reads an excerpt from Home Land (Picador, 2005), a 2005 New York Times Notable Book and the winner of The Believer Book Award.

Words & Music, Book One is an album featuring spoken word pieces from writers such as Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, and Tina May Hall. In creating the album, Kramer was inspired by John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem project and the collaborative projects of Hal Willner. Of the album, Kramer says: “The words are theirs. The music is mine. Together, they’re yours...The music must never come between the listener, and the words. The words come first."

Lipsyte is also the author of Hark (Simon & Schuster, 2020), The Ask (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), the New York Times Notable Book for 2010, The Subject Steve (Broadway, 2001), and Venus Drive (Grove Press, 2000). His fiction has appeared in The QuarterlyThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewNoonTin HouseOpen Cityn+1Harper'sMcSweeney'sLa Nouvelle Revue Francaise and Best American Short Stories, among other places. Lipsyte’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewBookforumEsquireGQ, and the Washington Post Book World. He was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.

Words & Music Book 1 is available for purchase from Shimmy-Disc.

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