Gotta view this one on black.
Three days to go in our campaign to fund this book, and we're nearing our goal! Just hit 67%! If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can back our project and get a copy for $25. See below for lots more info on the project and the festival.
This is a spread from Pickathonography, Vol. 1, a photographic tribute to Pickathon that I'm working on with photographer Tim LaBarge.
This an essay about Langhorne Slim by Kim Ruehl, of NoDepression.com and the About.com Guide to Folk Music. In addition to singing the praises of Langhorne's energetic (and oft-photographed) performances, Kim captures something of the essence of Pickathon in this story. A short excerpt from what she saw on that sylvan afternoon:
"Rounding a corner, pushing my way through the tight crowd, my
ears now full from the sounds coming from the large speakers, I could
see Langhorne Slim on the stage. His hat clutched in a firm fist
behind his back, one foot stomping, eyes tightly shut, vein popping
from his neck, he sang against the mic like a train barreling down
against an emotion. He held that note, and the dancing hippies held
their pose, as long as anybody could stand it. Then, with a
thump-thump pulse up the neck of that bass, the whole woods started
'Somebody say yeah!' he commanded, and the crowd shouted back at him."
Photo, of course, by Tim.
More info below. Thanks for your support and your help in getting the
word out about this project.
My design studio is working on an incredible book of photographs and stories from Pickathon and we need your help to make it happen.
Pickathon is an annual three-day-long music festival that happens out at Pendarvis Farm, southeast of Portland, in early August. I am not much for music festivals nowadays but Pickathon lured me in last year and paid me back for my intrepidness. It is not so much a music festival as it is a fantastic cultural event; one that brings together hipsters and hippies, moms and dads and kids, tambourines and theremins. Some people camp the whole weekend, others just show up for a day; there're stages big and small, one of the best food cart pods around, and an extremely congenial hang-out vibe. I don't really remember any of the bands, so much as I remember sprawling on the grass with our friends and our kids, listening to music and wondering whether we should go get ice cream now, or wait till later, or both.
Tim LaBarge, a Portland photographer, has been obsessively photographing the magic of Pickathon at Pendarvis for the past five years. This year he approached me about making a book out of it. I knew Tim had a massive collection of great photos, and that I could turn it into a magnificent book. The surprise, for me, has been how many writers and musicians have come out of the woodwork to contribute their stories and experiences. Every day I get more excited about this book. Thus far we have contributions from musicians Danny Barnes, Langhorne Slim, Dale Watson, Jill Andrews, and even Captain Bogg himself—just to name a few. Noted music writers Ryan White, Kim Ruehl, Ned Lanneman, and others have also contributed pieces for the book.
We've started a Kickstarter project for the book; we're relying on this initial funding to pay for the printing. It's going to be a gorgeous, full-color, sewn-binding, keepsake-quality book. Please check out the project and the video and, if you can, make a pledge to help us make this book a reality. (We're covering the rest of the expenses by selling a limited number of full-page ads; if you have interest in this, get in touch with me directly.)
You can pre-order a copy of the book for $25: you'll receive a copy of the book (retail value $20) and a copy of the 2010 Pickathon poster, as well as acknowledgment in the book for your help in making it possible.
If you are planning to go to Pickathon this year, think about this: back our project for $200, and you will get a weekend pass, a book, a stainless steel commemorative cup, and a signed copy of this year's poster — very nearly full retail value of your investment. It's a great way to celebrate the festival you love, and be a part of it as well.
Time is getting short and we need to hit that goal to make this work. I'll be posting spreads from the book as they come together. Thanks for reading this, and thanks for your support!