"Danny Bland’s prose is a fist through a medicine-cabinet mirror. In Case We Die is filled with degenerate tales, violent outbursts and underbelly laughs, but Bland’s debut novel really surprises with its moments of tenderness and insight and redemption.” – Mark Yarm, author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
"Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n’roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)
"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." – Dave Alvin (Blasters)
“In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey … straight to the gutter.” – Wayne Kramer (MC5)
"Beautiful, literary redemption." – Exene Cervenka (X)
"A great piece of work — full of filth and heart." – Steve Earle
"A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss." – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
"I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor….the good stuff!" – Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses)
"Danny Bland is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Beneath a crusty, punk rock exterior lies one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. This book? It’s the literary version of Danny Bland." – Damien Echols (West Memphis Three)
In Case We Die
by Danny Bland; illustrated with photos by Lance Mercer
248-page black & white 6” x 8.5” hardcover • $26.99
Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: If you pre-order the book direct from Fantagraphics, when the book is released you’ll receive a code for a FREE download of the audiobook via email from Local 638 Records, with chapters read by a mind-blowing all-star lineup of music and cultural luminaries. See the full lineup here.
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Danny Bland, of Cat Butt/Dwarves/Best Kissers in the World fame, has a novel coming out this summer via Fantagraphics. The audio book sounds particularly exciting:
An exclusive roster of legendary artists, musicians, actors and friends have lent their support and donated their talent by reading and recording chapters of the book including Dave Alvin (Blasters, Knitters), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers), Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, American Splendor), Blag Dahlia (Dwarves), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), John Doe (X, Knitters), Jacob Pitts (actor, Justified), Damien Echols (West Memphis Three), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Rob Delaney (comic, Twitter superstar), Lou Beach (author, artist), Steve Earle (singer, songwriter, actor), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Aimee Mann (singer, songwriter, actress), Marc Maron (WTF podcast), John Sinclair (White Panther Party, MC5 manager), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects, The Walking Dead), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and others t.b.a., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting MusicCares, a non-profit organization helping musicians and roadies gain sobriety and obtain medical care.
Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. Each poster is sized to the standard Swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk Medium, all lowercase. Every single one of these shows actually happened. (h/t Journal of a Journalist; see the full collection)
The grunge scene eventually came to have a P.C. cast to it, and I think a lot of that has to do with that Olympia influence, which kind of turned into that Riot Grrrl thing, a movement that had almost no music attached to it but had a lot of instructions for how you’re supposed to live your life. Whereas the not-famous Kurt Cobain might’ve chuckled at the Dwarves album cover with naked girls covered in blood, the famous Kurt Cobain felt he had to make a stand against those kind of things.
"[The 1991 Motor Sports concert] was an alright show, until some little cunt in the audience threw a 7-Up bottle and split my forehead open during ‘Let’s Fuck.’ I did finish the song before I went to the emergency room and got my head sewn up. The other thing I remember was that the Dwarves had like a $100 guarantee. And I think Nirvana had like $1,000. And I remember [Dwarves singer] Blag haggling with Krist over money before the show, like, ‘Could you kick us another hundred bucks for gas money?’ And Krist was not having any of it, until I went to the emergency room. When the Dwarves came to pick me up after the show, they said, ‘Hey, we got another hundred bucks out of Nirvana because you got hit with a bottle.’ I guess that was worth it.”
—from my interview with ex-Dwarves bassist Salt Peter
(Pictured: original poster art by Jim Blanchard; from the Experience Music Project permanent collection)
"I would never wear [the Sub Pop] shirt that said LOSER. I felt like, Hey, I’m reasonably good-looking and cool, why would I label myself a loser? I never really identified with that side of rock and roll—“Oh, I’m such a loser” or “I’m so put upon by the jocks.” That’s sort of the essence of grunge, and part of why I never really identified with that very much. I was like a little Charles Manson in high school; I had girls following me around, I dealt drugs, and I didn’t feel like a big loser.”
—Blag Dahlia of S.F. punks/onetime Sub Pop signees the Dwarves, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge