Stories for Ways and Means


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What is Stories for Ways & Means?

Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favorite music artists and favorite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a children's' literacy benefit project.

Today, 29 of those pairings make ...

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  • 02/19/201902/19/2019

Hearing Voices: Waxploitation Records Releases Stories for Ways and Means as an Unconventional Audiobook

When Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, arts entrepreneur, conflict photographer, and former manager for GRAMMY Award-winning artists like Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse, and Broken Bells, asked acclaimed songwriters with unconventional perspectives to write a children’s story, they worked as songwriters do: building characters, moods, and worlds in a short span of words. First a limited edition book illustrated by leading artists, Stories for Ways and Means is gaining new...

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02/19/2019, Outlier Tales, Famous Voices: Waxploitation Records’ Curious Collection of Stories for Ways and Means Released in Softcover Limited Edition
02/19/201902/19/2019, Outlier Tales, Famous Voices: Waxploitation Records’ Curious Collection of Stories for Ways and Means Released in Softcover Limited Edition
Announcement
02/19/2019
Announcement
02/19/2019
Stories for Ways & Means, which pairs some of the world's most iconic names in music with a who's who of contemporary creatives to collaborate and write/narrate their own versions of "children's stories" is now available in limited soft-cover and audiobook editions. MORE» More»

A decade ago, Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, arts entrepreneur, conflict photographer, and former manager for GRAMMY Award-winning artists like Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse, and Broken Bells asked a broad range of acclaimed songwriters with unconventional perspectives to write a children’s story. The stories accumulated and were paired with wild artwork from some of the best and brightest in the contemporary art world.

The result was Stories for Ways and Means, now out in a new softcover edition (audiobook coming soon!). The book includes stories from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart, and Kathleen Hanna with artwork from painters/illustrators like James Jean, Anthony Lister, Alessia Iannetti, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny.

“There were no deadlines, and no direction,” Antebi recalls. “I said to them, ‘100 words or 1,000, or 10,000 words.  Whatever feels right. Write for babies or toddlers or kids or grownups. If it feels like a children's story to you, then it's perfect.’”

The resulting book wound up far more grown up and challenging than Antebi’s original prompt implies. Yet there is something about the compactness of children’s tales--the ones they tell, the ones we tell them--that match a songwriter’s approach to conveying an entire world in a few minutes. Children’s perspectives are also imminently outlier perspectives. “Kids are on a whole other planet, and they see the world in a weird, very profound way,” reflects Antebi. “Their point of view is a lot like the point of view of outsider artists. They find a direct path to a simple way of explaining things.”

This first edition is one of many, Antebi hopes, as he plans to issue SFWAM books regularly in upcoming years. “It’s something akin to a festival with a different lineup every year,” he explains. “The writers and artists will change, but the feeling of the books will be the same.”

Sales of SFWAM help several non-profits benefiting children’s literacy, including Pencils of Promise, Warchild, 826 National, and Room to Read. See www.sfwam.org/ for more details.

Announcement
02/19/2019

02/19/2019, Hearing Voices: Waxploitation Records Releases Stories for Ways and Means as an Unconventional Audiobook
02/19/201902/19/2019, Hearing Voices: Waxploitation Records Releases Stories for Ways and Means as an Unconventional Audiobook
Announcement
02/19/2019
Announcement
02/19/2019
Stories for Ways & Means, which pairs some of the world's most iconic names in music with a who's who of contemporary creatives to collaborate and write/narrate their own versions of "children's stories" is now available in limited soft-cover and audiobook editions. MORE» More»

When Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, arts entrepreneur, conflict photographer, and former manager for GRAMMY Award-winning artists like Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse, and Broken Bells, asked acclaimed songwriters with unconventional perspectives to write a children’s story, they worked as songwriters do: building characters, moods, and worlds in a short span of words. First a limited edition book illustrated by leading artists, Stories for Ways and Means is gaining new dimensions as an audiobook.

These stories aren’t exactly child-oriented, but like the best children’s stories they need to be read aloud. Giving these stories voice energizes the wordplay, rhythms, and rhymes that mark these stories, and let you know they were crafted by gifted songwriters. Listening to the Stories for Ways and Means audiobook with stories that are read aloud by the writers themselves—or by narrators who are also talented artists—it’s easy to feel like a child hearing a favorite aunt or uncle spin tales. Who doesn’t want to have Gary Numan be their uncle?

The audio edition of Stories for Ways Means includes stories by Tom Waits, Gary Numan, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart, Matthew Dear, Spencer Krug, Elliphant, Anna Von Hausswolff, John Vanderslice, Satoshi Matsazuki, Sera Cahoone, Örvar Smárason, and Jason Lytle. Narrators include Lizzo, Ken Nordine, and Lauren Mayberry as well as the writers themselves.

Audiobook tracks drop every other Friday beginning March 15, 2019

March 15    Matthew Dear    Two Bears
March 29    Gary Numan    The Very Tall Tree
April 12    Spencer Krug    Right on Rosie
April 26    Alison Mosshart    Wishing Well Fountain
May 3    Tom Waits    Circus (Narrated by Ken Nordine)
May 10    Elliphant    A Boy Named Tim
May 24    Anna Von Hausswolff    The Little Boy and The Glowing Globe
June 7    Devendra Banhart    La Banerita (Narrated by Lizzo)
June 21    John Vanderslice    Penelope and the Succulent (Narrated by Lauren Mayberry)
July 5    Satoshi Matsazuki    Little Hollywood
July 19    Sera Cahoone    Merle is a Fat Orange Cat
August 2    Örvar Smárason    Marglytta (Jellyfish)
August 16     Jason Lytle    The Chickadees of Highway

(more to come)

 

Sales of SFWAM help several non-profits benefiting children’s literacy, including Pencils of Promise, Warchild, 826 National, and Room to Read. See www.sfwam.org/ for more details.

 
Announcement
02/19/2019