Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 17/02/12

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We are very excited to announce the publication of Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, a book comprising a series of conversations between Will Oldham and his friend Alan Licht (a guitarist, composer and writer) that will allow a unparalleled exploration of one of the most talented, prolific, enigmatic and bearded figures in music today.

W: Sweeney called me and said that Johnny Cash just recorded "I See A Darkness". We had a Bowery Ballroom show a week or two later, and he invited Rick Rubin to come to the show; he came to the show...and asked if I wanted to play piano on the song.

A: Which you agreed to do despite not knowing how to play piano.

W: Yes...

This man, who acts under the name Will Oldham as well as a singer songwriter who performs under the name Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has, over the past quarter of a century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and left an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema, intersecting with such disparate figures as Johnny Cash, Björk, James Earl Jones and R. Kelly along the way.

These conversations with long-time friend and associate Alan Licht probe his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes notions of intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity.

Two versions of the book are available: a paperback as well as an amazing limited edition hardback are both published on the 5th of April.

The hardback is super-limited to just 300 copies, each one individually signed and numbered, and – here's the thing – it comes with an exclusive six-track EP on two 10" records, featuring brand new recordings of classic Palace/Bonnie music by the band who played on Wolfroy Goes To Town and recorded by Steve Albini.

Quail and Dumplings for everyone!