New York, NY, March 23, 2016 – Simon & Schuster announced today that it will publish Jack Antonoff’s Record Store, a heavily illustrated anthology of essays, interviews, photographs, and ephemera that will pay tribute to the cherished, and endangered, cultural institution.
Antonoff, a three-time GRAMMY® Award–winning musician, is the lead singer and songwriter of Bleachers and a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer who has collaborated with stars like Sara Bareilles and Taylor Swift. Antonoff’s music career started to take shape in 2002 as the lead singer of the New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train; he later gained prominence as the lead guitarist for the GRAMMY® Award–winning band Fun. Now he will enter the literary world with Record Store.
Record Store will include dozens of contributions from Antonoff’s circle of friends and influencers across the entertainment industry—ranging from renowned musicians, actors, artists, and executives to the most compelling under-the-radar legends of the record store universe—to celebrate the pivotal stores of yesterday and champion the fantastically important shops that are still going strong. Contributors will share personal anecdotes about (and photos of) the stores that have meant the most to them, the record-store encounters that changed their lives, and the way music has formed their identities. Antonoff will write the introduction to the book and serve as its curator, moderating Q&As and conversations between various contributors, as well as overseeing its design. Aesthetically, Record Store will aim for a “high-school-scrapbook-meets-Jeff-Koons feel,” Antonoff says.
Growing up in New Jersey, Antonoff adds, “Record stores were the most exciting place you could go, regardless of your age or social standing. You knew when you walked in that you might walk out with something that could change your life. The record store was at once a listening party, a debate stage, a therapist’s office, a university for music taught by a dude with a ponytail and/or a beard, and so much more. It was a refuge for outcasts and awkward teenagers—a sacred place.” Though the music industry and the retail environment at large have changed, Antonoff hopes that this book will serve as a love letter to local, independent shops like his own favorite store, Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey, and “be good for the ecosystem of buying, making, and listening to records.”
“Jack is, quite simply, a creative force,” says Jofie Ferrari-Adler, the Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster who acquired World rights to Record Store from Alyssa Reuben at Paradigm Talent Agency, where Antonoff is represented across the board. “Everything he does has a huge amount of heart, and it doesn’t surprise me that he wants to use his first book to shine a light on these essential places that have shaped so many of our lives.”
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