Posted by Staff on May 24, 2014
JUNE 7th at the Historic British Library in London, tickets can be purchased HERE.
Pixies frontman Black Francis joins co-author Josh Frank and British artist Steven Appleby for an evening of film and literature. This unique event celebrates the publication of their new book The Good Inn [SelfMadeHero], a bold and visually arresting novel about art, conflict and the pioneers of early cinema.
The evening includes the screening of two of the early classic French surrealist shorts that inspired the book: Buñuel’s masterpiece, Un Chien Andalou (1929), and Méliès’s ground-breaking A Trip to the Moon (1902) featuring a new score by French musical duo Air. This is followed by an on-stage discussion with Black Francis, Josh Frank and Steven Appleby, chaired by David Quantick.
After the event there will be a book signing by all three and some classic Parisian libations at the bar, with a free drink for all ticket-holders.
Based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, The Good Inn weaves together two historical events: the explosion on the battleship Iéna at the French port of Toulon and the making of La Bonne Auberge, the earliest known pornographic film from France produced by the pioneering Bernard Natan. He is featured in the book alongside Pierre Batcheff, the actor who starred in Un Chien Andalou. Illustrated throughout by Steven Appleby, the novel combines fact and fiction to recreate this piece of lost history.
Appleby’s artwork will be on display in the Conference Centre foyer on the night.
The Good Inn coincides with the release of the Pixies’ first new album in 23 years, Indie Cindy. Pixies play Field Day festival the following day, Sun 8 June, in the middle of an extensive world tour.
Posted by Staff on May 18, 2014
Pixies are back on tour. Dates and tickets can be found by clicking right here.
Black Francis recently spoke with NPR about his new book “The Good Inn”. The full interview can be heard here.
On June 7th at 9pm, Black Francis, Josh Frank, and illustrator Steven Appleby will be appearing at the Historic British Library in London to discuss “The Good Inn”. There will also be a screening of selected classic silent French film shorts.
Finally, check out Black Francis’ Stuckist blog to see his latest paintings and drawings. Click on the onion man below.
Posted by Staff on March 24, 2014
FRIDAY APRIL 25th
at: THE POWERHOUSE ARENA [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tickets are $10 and are available HERE.
The debut novel from the frontman of the Pixies involves a French battleship explosion, the first narrative pornographic movie, and more. The conversation between Francis and co-author Josh Frank will be accompanied by a slideshow of Steven Appleby’s drawings featured in the book, and the program will conclude with a signing.
About THE GOOD INN:
Created in the explosive space between the surreal and the concrete, The Good Inn follows Solder Boy—the lone survivor of the explosion of the battleship Iéna—as he wanders aimlessly after the accident, falls deeply for an innkeeper’s daughter, and even more deeply into a bizarre, alternate universe he discovers through a hole in his bedroom wall.
The world he finds exists at the intersection of art and violence, and introduces readers to the very real (and surreal) characters who created the first narrative pornographic film. The Good Inn weaves together real characters from the history of French cinema with darkly whimsical illustrations by Steven Appleby and recreates the lost story of La Bonne Auberge, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier.
Through Soldier Boy’s journey as the subject and star of the world’s first stag film, we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and healing power of light and how the early pioneers of these stag films helped shape their industry for generations to come.
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, film and prose, reality and surreality, The Good Inn bends readers’ minds and holds its own against the best surrealists—from Lynch to Dali to Serling. It is sure to challenge our conceptions of history, highbrow and lowbrow and how we consume art in all its forms.
The book will cost $23.99 at the event.
Posted by Staff on March 17, 2014
On April 26, Black Francis will discuss his new graphic novel, The Good Inn, co-written with Josh Frank, drawings by Steven Appleby, on NPR.
AUSTIN TX.- April 14th: Texas Book Release Event at Book People with after party at tiniest bar in Tx. – Special Reading Performance
LOS ANGELES- April 17th: Los Angeles Book Release Event at CINEFAMILY/Silent Movie Theater with BOOK SOUP and a “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading
BROOKLYN NEW YORK- April 25th: East Coast Book Event at POWERHOUSE with BLACK FRANCIS in person. “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading
BOSTON MASS. – April 29th: East Coast Book Event at The Brattle Theater/ Harvard Square with COOP BOOKS “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading
PORTLAND- May 22: Powells Books – Special Reading Performance
SEATTLE – May 23: Elliott Bay Book Company – Special Reading Performance