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Thurston Moore to launch boutique art publisher

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This weekend, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore announced the upcoming launch of Ecstatic Peace Library, a boutique publisher of art books to debut in 2010. Catalogs of the initial releases are being distributed at this weekend’s New York Art Book Fair and will be available from the publisher’s website on Jan. 1. The publisher intends to release the art books in tandem with recordings from the artist-authors, slated to include Raymond Pettibon, Dave Markey and Kim Gordon, his wife and band-mate.

Moore, best known for his inventive, dissonant guitar, has also written, edited and art-directed more than a dozen books, including ‘Mixtape: The Art of Cassette Culture,’ ‘We’re Desperate: The Punk Rock Photography of Jim Jocoy,’ ‘Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy’ and ‘No Wave: Post Punk. Underground. New York.’

Lee Ranaldo, the other inventive, dissonant guitar player in Sonic Youth, is also an author, having published tour diaries with Soft Skull Press and other works with independent publishing houses.

Moore’s Ecstatic Peace Library books will be distributed through D.A.P./ Distributed Art Publishers; look for them at bookstores with cool artsy books and museum bookstores near you.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg


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