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  • Kristin Hersh
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Publication date: Winter 2018
200% funded
375 backers

A collection of lyrics from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo work

Personally selected by Kristin Hersh from across her career with Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE and her solo works, a collection of lyrics including Bright Yellow Gun, Your Ghost, Hot Pink, Distorted and more.

To upgrade your pledge, please email support@unbound.co.uk

Kristin Hersh is a songwriter, guitarist, mother and founder of the seminal art rock band Throwing Muses. Over three decades she has also performed as a solo artist and leader of 50FootWave, released dozens of critically acclaimed albums, and written her memoirs, “Rat Girl," “Paradoxical Undressing” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die." Kristin currently lives in New England, New Orleans and on the road.

"Your Ghost"

if I walk down this hallway tonight it's too quiet
so I pad through the dark and call you on the phone
push your old numbers and let your house ring 'til I wake your ghost

let him walk down your hallway
it's not this quiet
slide down your receiver
sprint across the wire
follow my number
slide into my hand

it's the blaze across my nightgown
it's the phone's ring

i think last night you were driving circles around me


"Hot Pink, Distorted"

it'll take much more than water to fix my hot pink distorted face
and more than self-hypnosis to believe it doesn't taste like gasoline
i was not invited back

you poor misguided soldier
ugly daughters show no mercy
in the heat of battle these brats'll feel no pain
quick and dirty they take you down
here comes the thunder
there goes the rain


"Bright Yellow Gun"

with your bright yellow gun
you own the sun
and i think i need a little poison to keep me tame
keep me awake
i have nothing to offer but confusion and the circus in my head in the middle of the bed
in the middle of the night

with your bright silver frown
you own the town and i think i need a little poison

i have no secrets
i have no lies
i have nothing to offer but the middle of the night and i think you need a little poison

Read more...

When will the books be ready?

Sunday, 17 December 2017

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Hi everyone.

Well, we inch ever closer to finished books being in your hands and we remain hugely grateful for your support and patience.

Once all the copies are printed we need to get Kristin to sign a whole bunch of them, add dedications and handwritten lyrics etc. and to do that we need to get her from the US, where she is, to the UK, which is where all the books are. As soon as we know when…

You Can't Handle the Proof!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

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Kristin and I are currently proofreading the book, which has now been typeset with a simple, but striking text design.

Here is a sneak preview.

We are keeping an eye out for any typos or errors or layout issues. Don't worry, a professional proofreader is also on the case, so you aren't just relying on us to spot mistakes.

The book is rapidly taking form and we can't wait to share it with…

Cover Version

Monday, 18 September 2017

Nerve endings approved

As some of you may have seen from Kristin's mailing list, we now have a cover for Nerve Endings so are one step closer to publication.

Here is a draft version.

The plan is for this to be printed straight onto the hardcover, so no paper jacket, with perhaps the white words debossed/indented. Still a few tweaks to do, and the spine and back cover need to be finalised, but we hope you like…

Sushi with Kristin

Monday, 31 July 2017

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Last week Kristin played a gig in Dublin and then spent a few days in London before jetting back to the US. I managed to grab a bit of time with her over lunch while she was in town.

We went for sushi. This is what she ordered.

When it comes to sushi, she can really pack it away.

I was able to show Kristin five possible covers for Nerve Endings and we chatted about the pros and cons of…

Tours. Holidays. Lyrics.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Hi everyone.

I just wanted to give you an update on Nerve Endings before everyone vanishes for the holidays.

I spent some time with Kristin while she was over in the UK for her Wyatt at the Coyote Palace tour (if you have yet to pick up a copy of her new album, what are you waiting for?!) and we talked about when she'd be ready to work on the book. The good news is that she has put aside January…

Karen Martwick
Karen Martwick asked:

Hi, Kristin! Thank you for doing this. If it's possible to make a request for my handwritten lyric, I'd love to have my favorite line in your hand: "I said, 'Maybe death is my answer / but love is the answer of life.'"

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Karen,

Scott here, Kristin's editor. As I'll be chaperoning Kristin throughout the signing stint she'll have to do, I am sure I can make sure she does this one for you.

Cheers,

S

Owen Dixon
Owen Dixon asked:

Hello Unbound / Kristin - any idea when that private gig in London is likely to be? In ballpark terms are we talking about this year or next year?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Owen,

Scott here. The honest answer is that we cannot be sure yet. It may be towards the end of this year (but certainly no sooner than that) or early next year. We did not know how quickly the book would fund so couldn't really commit to dates that were too close to the launch of this project. As we get closer to 100% we can make firmer plans but we will certainly make sure we give people as much notice as possible.

Thanks,
s

richard yandle
richard yandle asked:

Hi,
Is there a chance I could have my 'Handwritten' lyric as well, pretty please!!!!
-"This hairdo's truly evil,
I'm not sure it's mine"
Richard Yandle

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Duly noted, and I am sure that will be OK.

Thanks,
Scott

Saffron Gardenchild
Saffron Gardenchild asked:

Hi,

I'm a Strangel on a tight budget worried that the London show may sell out while I type this but concerned about pledging as I don't currently don't have anyone to take the other half of the pair. If I pledged now, when would the money be taken?

Thanks,

Saffron

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Saffron,

Payments are taken at the point of pledging, I'm afraid. Sorry that that doesn't help you very much.

Scott

Luna and Shannon Martin
Luna and Shannon Martin asked:

Hi, Scott,

We're Strangels for life that just bought both the Collectable book, and Cover Print. Unfortunately, we missed out on the partial lyric. My wife/myself met Kristin in Adelaide a few months ago now. She painted a portrait for Kristin of Betty Hutton. I'm sure that she'd recall us well. At any rate, we were wondering if you would both be so kind as to include a quote in our signed copy of the book? It is a favorite of my wife, and it echoes a very lovely sentiment to each other. It is:

"Don't forget that I'm alone when you're away." "Love, Kristin."

Could this be added for us? We would cherish those particular words forever written by her own hand. Thank you for your time.

Most Sincerely,
Luna and Shannon Martin

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for your support. We can't guarantee anything at this stage but I am happy to look into it for you.

All best,

Scott

Paul Scully
Paul Scully asked:

I suppose everyone's got one - the artist whose music is woven through the fabric of their life; all the comings and goings, the openings and closings, the kisses and crying, the held hands and forsaken rings.

Kristen is mine.

Hmm - not a question. Ok: come swimming with me, next time you are in the UK?

Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh replied:

meet you there

xo

k.

Tony Crowley
Tony Crowley asked:

If I am the only pledging for the leather bound book, can I have the edition numbered 1?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

We will look at the pledges in order, which is fair, but must warn you that the Patron level, which sold very quickly, also includes a leather-bound edition. We'll have to check who got in first!

Mark Shoener
Mark Shoener asked:

Hello..loving this. will Kristin be doing requested handwritten lyrics for the £60 pledge? Email us if so. Thanks much.

Unbound
Unbound replied:

I will be with Kristin when she does the signing (watching over her to make sure she doesn't run off when the writers' cramp kicks in) and I am more than happy to manage a list of requests.

Scott

Darren Fox
Darren Fox asked:

Not a question, but an observation. It's great that this project is being so well supported, but I am a little surprised that the pledge I made for one of twenty Handwritten lyrics is now one of forty. Not quite as special.

Unbound
Unbound replied:

We are amazed at the speed that the book was funded. Most books on here take a few months to fund. And we know that some of the rewards sold out before fans on the mailing list and some Strange Angels had the chance to read their emails so we increased the numbers on three of the pledges just to give fans the chance to get hold of something special. We wanted to be as fair as we could.

Sorry if this has disappointed you, and you are more than welcome to a refund or to shift to a different pledge if you would like, but we still think that a worldwide limited edition of 40 copies is really rather limited indeed.

Best,

Scott

John Melandro
John Melandro asked:

Hi Scott! I see some people have requested a specific lyric for Kristen to write....can I do that as well??

Unbound
Unbound replied:

If you have purchased that level then I am more than happy to ask K to write your requested lyric.

Cheers,
S

Luna and Shannon Martin
Luna and Shannon Martin asked:

Hi, Scott,

I know that Kristin said in The Shed to contact your support address RE: lyric additions/upgrades. We had questions with regard to that, based on what we already purchased.

However, no one has answered either email. They haven't even been opened, so we're left wondering here. One was sent by myself on the 24th, and then another on the 25th. (I use an email tracking device.)

Do you have a direct email that I can forward them to? Feeling a bit left in "Limbo" here.

Sincerely,
Luna/Shannon

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi,

Hopefully you've had a reply from the support email address now. I don't get to see those so wasn't aware of them. Apologies.

Scott

John Melandro
John Melandro asked:

Thank you so much, Scott! I did purchase the Handwritten level. If possible, could Kristen please write:

It's the blaze across my nightgown
It's the phone's ring
I think last night you were driving circles around me

Thank you!!!

John Melandro

Unbound
Unbound replied:

I am sure that is OK. We'll double check with everyone when it comes round to the signing.

Cheers,

Scott

Anthony LORENTE
Anthony LORENTE asked:

Hi Scott, just a request for the couple of lines of handwritten lyrics, if it's possible of course :
whatever Kristin wants from the song "Mississippi Kite" !
Thanks a lot in advance !
Cheers
Anthony

Unbound
Unbound replied:

No problem - thank you!

Scott

Matthew Piper
Matthew Piper asked:

Hi Scott,
Just wondering how this all works really. Made my pledge for the handwritten lyrics of any song. Would it be possible to have the lyrics to 'Hate My Way'? And would Kristin sign my book for me?
Can't wait for her to come back to London.
Thanks
Matthew

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi,

You can indeed request the song you want, that is no problem at all. Kristin is likely to be stuck in a room with a pile of books and loads of paper so we'll get her to sign everything then.

Cheers,
S

Jimmie Chevrier
Jimmie Chevrier asked:

Hiya!

I pledged at the level for handwritten lyrics for a full song, but I am struggling to decide which one at this point. Is there a particular date I should get my act together in order for Kristin to accommodate this?

Thanks!

Jimmie Chevrier

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hello,

We won't be able to process all the signed copies until the book is printed so we are looking at next year for that, so you have plenty of time for now.

Best,

S

Mark Jerram
Mark Jerram asked:

Hi Scott
Would just like to make a request for my Handwritten book. Could I have the following written lyrics, if possible:

"This is my house, roll out the red carpet
Doghead in the window"

Thank you
Mark

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Sure, we will be contacting everyone before the signing happens to confirm what they want but this is noted now.

thanks

Alistair Walder
Alistair Walder asked:

Can we start talking about the intimate gig? Am guessing November might be a good time for it, or will it be once the book is ready?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

We aren't altogether sure yet. More news as we have it.

November is a possibility, yes.

Alistair Walder
Alistair Walder asked:

Can't seem to reply to your reply.... I would be quite happy if the show is sometime next year - will be doing 3 of the November dates :o)

Unbound
Unbound replied:

You don't want to overdo it!

AARON HOWARD
AARON HOWARD asked:

Question about the book--should we be expecting a rather complete selection of lyrics, or has a number of lyrics been arrived at? Also, should we be expecting reproductions of handwritten lyrics, or will they be printed/typeset? What is known about the format, layout, and length of the book?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Aaron,

This is still a work in progress but we know it will selected lyrics, not complete. Kristin will choose the ones she wants to go in. They will almost certainly be printed and typeset. It will be a hardback and the finer details will be decided as we progress with production but we will share information here for all subscribers.

Hope that helps.

Estanis Solsona
Estanis Solsona asked:

Hello!
How long can we wait to plegde to still be able to have our name in the back of the book? When will the book be produced? I'm definitely going to but it's a tough month economically :)

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Estanis,

We don't expect to be closing subscriptions for some months yet. We try to keep them open for as long as possible. So no immediate rush.

Best,

S

Alexander Peterhans
Alexander Peterhans asked:

Hey - here's kind of a silly question.. at the top it is said that all supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book, but this is not explicitly mentioned in the digital tier.. could you clear up the confusion?

(I would like to go for a physical copy, but the insane shipping costs are sadly driving me towards the digital.)

Thanks,

Alex.

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Happy to report that everyone who pledges at every level will get their names in the back.

Cheers,
S

Joanne Curtis
Joanne Curtis asked:

Hi!

I got a Lyrics pledge, named to Kath Byrnes. She has chosen MANIA for her handwritten page! Thanks!!

JoCurtis

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Great stuff. We will be in touch nearer the time to 100% confirm with everyone.

S

Pål Hagen
Pål Hagen asked:

Hi, a quick question about "An Evening with Kristin in London". Is this the same as the concert she's playing the 24th of November at St. John's Church, Bethnal Green?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hello,

No, it is not. Ours will be a private show for pledgers only.

Cheers,

Scott

james davidson
james davidson asked:

hi , ive subscribed to the Nerve Endings book, when is it due to released

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Kristin will be working on the book in the new year, once her tour dates have finished, and once the manuscript is ready we'll be able to announce a date for publication.

Thanks,

Scott

Stuart Davies
Stuart Davies asked:

Hi Scott,
couple of questions. Any update on the date of the London show?
Secondly I also pledged for the handwritten lyrics. when do you contact me to identify which song I would like?
Thanks
Stuart

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Stuart,

At the moment we are concentrating on getting the contents for the book ready. Once that is done we'll know more about potential printing dates which, in turn, will give us the dates we need to sort out the handwritten stuff.

So basically, we will be in touch once we have news.

Thanks for your patience.

Scott

Alistair Walder
Alistair Walder asked:

Any idea when we might get an update?
Am nervous about her being in Dublin late July - if the London show is around then I might be on holiday...!

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Alistair,

Apologies for keeping you waiting. We do not plan to hold the private subscribers' show until the book is printed and sent out. That way attendees can bring their books along to get signed and personalised on the day. These plans may change, depending on Kristin's plans and availability, but that is what we are aiming for.

So there will definitely be no clash with the July gig in Dublin.

All best,

Scott
(Associate Editor - Unbound)

Christopher Stow
Christopher Stow asked:

Hi Unbound

I am really tempted to upgrade my pledge to handwritten lyrics of my favourite KH song but first I have a few questions:

1) Will the lyrics for the whole song be written or do I choose selects lyrics?
2) can it be a song that is not featured in the book?
3) will the lyrics be written IN the book or on a separate medium?

Thanks
Chris

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Chris,

The plan is for Kristin to write the whole lyrics for whichever song you choose. It does not have to be a song in the book. Often, when her lyrics are written out, the chorus isn't always repeated every time but that will sort of be up to her on the day. And they'll be written in hand on some lovely paper, not in the book.

Hope that makes sense.

S

AARON HOWARD
AARON HOWARD asked:

Now that the book has gone to press, can it be told how many lyrics are included? How many pages is the finished product?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Aaron,

The book contains the lyrics to 100 of Kristin's songs and comes to 224 pages.

All best,
Scott

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