It appears Jack White is trying his hand at a little bit of everything lately, including literary publishing. Yes, the rocker has founded a new publishing company called Third Man Books.
An extension of the always inventive Third Man Records, it comes as no surprise that Third Man Books is set to enter the publishing game in a whole new way.
White’s first commercially available book is a collection of contemporary poetry and prose titled Language Lessons: Volume 1. Sounds normal enough, right? But while it isn’t holographic or liquid-filled, it does come with its fair share of unusual features.
Co-edited by Third Man’s Ben Swank and Poetry Sucks founder Chet Weise, the 321-page hardbound book will contain two vinyl LPs, including unreleased music from William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Paul “Wine” Jones and Ken Vandermark. It will also include five framable posters featuring poems by Weise, Wright, Frank Stanford, Brian Barker and Jake Adam York with original art by artists including former Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr and folk artist Butch Anthony.
Nonfiction from punk rock pioneers Richard Hell and Tav Falco will make appearances in the book alongside poetry and prose from writers like Steve Stern, Sampson Starkweather, T.J. Jarrett, Janaka Stucky, Sommer Browning, Dan Boehl and Ben Mirov.
Language Lessons: Volume 1 will be released August 5 and is available for preorder at Third Man’s website. White will preview the book on July 26 during Newport Folk Festival, where he is headlining.