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BOOK LAUNCH OF THE GOOD INN

Posted by Staff on March 24, 2014

FRIDAY APRIL 25th
6-8PM

at: THE POWERHOUSE ARENA [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tickets are $10 and are available HERE.

The debut novel from the frontman of the Pixies involves a French battleship explosion, the first narrative pornographic movie, and more. The conversation between Francis and co-author Josh Frank will be accompanied by a slideshow of Steven Appleby’s drawings featured in the book, and the program will conclude with a signing.

 

About THE GOOD INN:

Created in the explosive space between the surreal and the concrete, The Good Inn follows Solder Boy—the lone survivor of the explosion of the battleship Iéna—as he wanders aimlessly after the accident, falls deeply for an innkeeper’s daughter, and even more deeply into a bizarre, alternate universe he discovers through a hole in his bedroom wall.

The world he finds exists at the intersection of art and violence, and introduces readers to the very real (and surreal) characters who created the first narrative pornographic film. The Good Inn weaves together real characters from the history of French cinema with darkly whimsical illustrations by Steven Appleby and recreates the lost story of La Bonne Auberge, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier.

Through Soldier Boy’s journey as the subject and star of the world’s first stag film, we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and healing power of light and how the early pioneers of these stag films helped shape their industry for generations to come.

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, film and prose, reality and surreality, The Good Inn bends readers’ minds and holds its own against the best surrealists—from Lynch to Dali to Serling. It is sure to challenge our conceptions of history, highbrow and lowbrow and how we consume art in all its forms.

The book will cost $23.99 at the event.

- See more at: http://powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-the-good-inn-by-black-francis-josh-frank/

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Black Francis To Discuss The Good Inn On NPR

Posted by Staff on March 17, 2014

On April 26, Black Francis will discuss his new graphic novel, The Good Inn, co-written with Josh Frank, drawings by Steven Appleby, on NPR.



UPCOMING GOOD INN EVENTS:

AUSTIN TX.- April 14th: Texas Book Release Event at Book People with after party at tiniest bar in Tx. – Special Reading Performance

LOS ANGELES- April 17th: Los Angeles Book Release Event at CINEFAMILY/Silent Movie Theater with BOOK SOUP and a “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading

BROOKLYN NEW YORK- April 25th: East Coast Book Event at POWERHOUSE with BLACK FRANCIS in person. “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading

BOSTON MASS. – April 29th: East Coast Book Event at The Brattle Theater/ Harvard Square with COOP BOOKS “Multi Media event Happening” and Reading

PORTLAND- May 22: Powells Books – Special Reading Performance

SEATTLE – May 23: Elliott Bay Book Company – Special Reading Performance

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The Good Inn — A Novel By Black Francis and Josh Frank

Posted by Staff on February 12, 2014

To be released on April 15, 2014 by Harper Collins Publishers: Good Inn

From legendary Pixies front man, Black Francis, comes a bold and visually arresting illustrated novel about art, conflict, and the origins of a certain type of cinema.

In 1907, the French battleship Iéna was destroyed when munitions it was carrying exploded, killing 120 people. A nitrocellulose-based weapon propellant had become unstable with age and self-ignited.

In 1908, La Bonne Auberge became the earliest known pornographic film. It depicted a sexual encounter between a French soldier and an innkeeper’s daughter. Like all films at the time, and for decades afterward, it was made with a highly combustible nitrocellulose-based film stock.

Loosely based on these historical events, The Good Inn follows the lone survivor of the Iéna explosion as he makes his way through the French countryside, falls deeply in love with an innkeeper’s daughter, and even more deeply into a strange counter universe. It is a volatile world where war and art exist side by side. It is also the very real story of the people who made the first narrative pornographic film. The novel weaves together real historical facts to recreate this lost piece of history, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier who finds himself the subject and star of the world’s first stag film. Through Soldier Boy’s journey we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and healing power of light, and how the early pioneers of stag films helped shape the film industry for generations to come.

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Black Francis Live At The Asylum (December 28th in Portland, ME)

Posted by Staff on December 11, 2013

Black Francis is playing a solo gig at The Asylum in Portland, ME on December 28. You can purchase tickets HERE.

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Frank Black Friday

Posted by Staff on November 29, 2013

Happy Frank Black Friday. The following Frank Black/Black Francis items are available for $5 at the blackfrancis.net webstore: Live at Melkweg, Live in Nijmegen, Honeycomb, Abbabubba, and Nonstoperotik.

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