This book is in Danish.
“Sneums Kalejdoskop”is a unique piece of music history written and collected by music journalist Jan Sneum. A project consisting of a 296-page book in LP-format as well as a double vinyl album in gatefold cover. Everything collected in a box. A type of memoir, where Sneum’s encounters with people, places and music during the course of 70 years is described through text, photos and audio. Not chronologically, as such, but rather kaleidoscopic.
The book, which has a preface by American rock journalist David Fricke, contains over 100 of Sneum’s photographs. Many of which have never been published before, such as of Furekåben, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop and Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. More over the book also contains a series of photos from 1960’s Siena and Toronto, 1970’s New York as well as images from early Danish punk events such as “Concert of the day” and “Pære punk”. In writing, Sneum takes the journey from his upbringing on the island of Amager to his years working for Danish public service radio broadcaster DR and takes comprehensive deep dives into festivals like the Danish Roskilde Festival and the French Transmusicales as well as in projects such as “Sneums Garage” on P6 Beat radio, “Sneums Palads” on web radio The Lake and “Sneum Instituttet” at music venue Stengade in Copenhagen.
The double vinyl album is connected to the book and the contents of both supplements each other. Sneum is narrating – as if it was radio – in between audio clips from the archive in “Sneums Kælder”, ie. interview snippets with the legend Georgie Gomelsky, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer and Lydia Lunch. In addition the two LP’s contain new music by eight Danish music acts: Bene, J. Jaanmai Duo, Kogekunst, Maria Faust, Narcosatanicos, Nelson Can, Tone and Ærkenbrand.
The project is a collaboration between a range of partners and contributors including Ctrl+Alt+Delete Books and Nordsø Records.
“Sneums Kalejdoskop” was initially published in a limited batch of 500 copies, which however is now sold out. It is possible to pre-order a copy of the second edition via a crowdfunding-campaign on Kickstarter (see link above). The book and the vinyl albums are not sold seperately, but only in this box-set.
Publication date: Monday November 18, 2019.
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