Thursday, October 22, 2009

Still Alive & Well....

It's been a long while since I've posted an update on The Other Side of Nashville book project, so here we go!

For those of you who don't know what I'm talkin' about, The Other Side of Nashville is the "incomplete history and discography of the Nashville rock underground, circa 1976 to 2006."

The book has been progressing, slowly but surely, and I figure that around 90% of the text has been written...of course, I continue to add text and massage previously-written material as I go along, so that 90% is a constantly-moving number. The book is laid-out in linear fashion, from the letter A to Z, with an annotated discography, historical notes, snarky comments, unvarnished praise, album reviews, and interviews thrown in, roughly, under the letter where they would logically fall.

To date, I have laid out 400 pages of The Other Side of Nashville, which will be a 7.5" x 9.25" sized trade paperback with color covers. Those 400 pages run through the letter 'Q' and include a heck of a lot of B&W photos of bands, gig posters, CD and album covers, and other graphics along with tens of thousands of words of text. I'm estimating that the final book will run close to 600 pages, which is the largest book project that I've ever attempted (of the four books that I have personally published). It will be published through my Excitable Pressworks imprint, distributed through Ingram (the largest book distro in the U.S./U.K.) and available through as well as a website that I'll be creating for the project.

Right now I'm editing the letters 'R' and 'S' and have scanned in photos for those sections. Honestly, with my current obligations to my full-time job, and my part-time writing gig as the Blues Guide, it will take me through the end of the year to finish the final edit of the letters 'T' through 'Z', after which there will be proofreading (courtesy of my overworked wife) and lay-out of the remaining pages. As I usually do, I'll toss in some stuff at the last minute, and tweak and mess with the page layouts until I finally throw up my hands and send the whole damn thing to the printer.

The bottom line: I'm realistically looking at a publication date of March or April 2010. I've been working on the book for better than three years now, and I'd rather it be as great as I can make it rather than just crank something out and publish some crappy version. I know that there have been some rumours that I've abandoned The Other Side of Nashville book project, or that it will never be completed, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're still alive and well up here in WNY, and I'm working on the book with as much time and energy as my other (paying) gigs allow.

For those of you who'd like a peak, click the link for a two-page sample of The Other Side of Nashville in PDF format....