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WORD Presents Ryan Walsh for ASTRAL WEEKS

    04/03/2018 - 7:00pm

    WORD is excited to present Ryan Walsh in conversation with the Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn for Astral Weeks, the story of Van Morrison's seminal album. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, arguably one of the greatest rock albums of all time. The iconic rock album is shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese.  In Astral Weeks, Walsh unearths the album’s fascinating backstory–along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968. Ryan recounts his hunt for lost tapes, forgotten bands, and missing gurus, all part of his quest to uncover the history of Van Morrison’s greatest work.

    About the Author:

    Ryan H. Walsh is a musician and journalist. His culture writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Vice, and Boston Magazine. He was a finalist for the Missouri School of Journalism’s City and Regional Magazine Award for his feature on Van Morrison’s year in Boston, from which this book developed. His rock band Hallelujah the Hills has won praise from Spin magazine and Pitchfork; collaborated on a song with author Jonathan Lethem; and toured the U.S. extensively over their 10-year existence. The band won a Boston Music Award for Best Rock Artist, and Walsh has twice won the award for Best Video Direction. He lives in Boston with his wife, the acclaimed singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler.

    About the Co-Presenter: 

    Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of acclaimed rock outfit The Hold Steady, with whom he has released six studio albums. Prior to The Hold Steady, Finn was the also the frontman of beloved Minneapolis post-punk band Lifter Puller. We All Want The Same Things is Finn’s third solo album, following Clear Heart Full Eyes (2012) and Faith In the Future (2015). 

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Astral WeeksPlease note that if a copy of Astral Weeks is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well. 


    Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780735221345
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Penguin Press - March 6th, 2018

    A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more

    SKU: walshvoucher

    Entrance to see Ryan Walsh and Craig Finn at WORD Brooklyn on 4/3/18 at 7pm. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Astral Weeks!