Thursday, March 1, 2012

Urban Folk Art® hosts a reading at BookCourt in March

Our Good friend Jake Austin, who we went to art school with, is having a reading/presentation on March 24th at Brooklyn's BookCourt for the release of his book 'Flying Saucers Rock'n'Roll'. It's a collection of some of the more stand out compelling interviews from the magazine. Started as a fanzine, Jake's music/comics magazine Roctober has been grown into an almost indescribable resource for way too many cool things to list. More from the release below. 

"For nearly twenty years, the much-beloved music magazine Roctober has featured work by some of the best underground cartoonists, exhaustive examinations of made-up genres such as “robot rock,” and an ongoing exploration of everything Sammy Davis Jr. ever sang, said, or did. But the heart of the magazine has always been the lengthy conversations with overlooked or forgotten artists. Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll gathers the most compelling of these interviews. Eccentric, important artists—including the rockabilly icon Billy Lee Riley, the jazz musician and activist Oscar Brown Jr., the “Outlaw Country” singer David Allan Coe, and the pioneer rock ’n’ roll group the Treniers—give the most in-depth interviews of their lengthy careers. Obscure musicians, such as the Armenian-language novelty artist Guy Chookoorian and the frustrated interstellar glam act Zolar X, reveal fascinating lives lived at rock’s margins. Roctober’s legendarily dedicated writers convey telling anecdotes in the fervent, captivating prose that has long been appreciated by music enthusiasts. Along with the entertaining interviews, Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll features more than sixty images from the pages of Roctober and ten illustrations created for the book by the underground rock ’n’ roll artist King Merinuk."

On our buddy Jake-
Jake Austen is an independent music writer and the editor of the magazine Roctober. He is the author of TV-a-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol, the editor of A Friendly Game of Poker: 52 Takes on the Neighborhood Game, and a founder and co-host of the cult-favorite dance show Chic-a-Go-Go, which airs on Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV).
Jake is a great speaker and alot of fun to listen to. He really gets into describing the things he's into. This is surely going to be a blast! 

Sat March 24th 
163 Court Street
South Brooklyn
718 875-3677

or contact the gallery for more info