[Front cover image coming soon – current image Sun Ra album]
Preorders now available – Hardback from £40 (inc. p&p UK delivery, more for rest of world)
Paperback from £20 (inc. p&p UK delivery, more for rest of world)
RRP on Amazon and elsewhere will be considerably more.
What’s it all about?
First a little history, Daniel tells it like this, “At the end of 2005, Jon Newey, then Editor of Jazzwise, put out a call for proposed contributions to a new column he was launching in the magazine. Called “Lost In The Vaults,” the column was to feature, each month, a different jazz recording that was out of print and languishing in the doldrums of unavailability. Around a year into my burgeoning career as a music writer, and keen to write as much as possible, I immediately suggested something from Sun Ra’s legendarily extensive and abstruse back catalogue. Jon went for it. I got the gig, with my first attempt being published in February 2006. From then on, for almost 13 years, I contributed a column each month – apart from a few occasions when there wasn’t room to run one, and two months fairly early on when fellow scribe Brian Priestley did the honours. It was a pretty simple brief: all I had to provide was 150 words on a recording of my choice, details of how much it was selling for and a thumbnail of the cover art. Piece of cake.”
Sometime later in 2018, Daniel thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if all these columns I wrote could be collated into one place, one book’. Eleusinian Press then came along and suggested that given they like his work, they would happily put the book out.
The basic format is described above. And Eleusinian Press is going ot put the book together in a form that is both a treat for the ‘coffee table’ and an easily accessible guide for collectors. Some things have been updated such as the most recent pricing that would have changed since the first columns in 2006. And where possible any CD reissues have been researched and noted.