It's been wild this past year with eight new editions of my books appearing -- some as e-books for the first time, others in both print and e-editions. You'll find the covers of all of them at the left and a few updates at the bottom of this post.
Just out today in print, joining the e-book editions (for Kindle, iPad etc. and the Nook): Journeys With Beethoven: Following the Ninth, and Beyond, with film director Kerry Candaele, published by Sinclair Books. It's just $3.99 for the e-book and $12.99 for print. This is a dream project for me, as some may know from my Beethoven posts here, at The Nation, at Huff Post and on Twitter. And now I've launched a new daily blog, "Roll Over Beethoven."
Kerry has a great documentary coming out this year (see trailer below) that follows the Ninth Symphony and it's cultural and political influence around the world today. So the book takes us from Chile to China and Japan, plus a stop in London for a full chapter with Billy Bragg, and then back in the USA. In the "Beyond" section of the book I explore my own obsessive "travels" with Ludwig, as a longtime rock 'n roller, in recent years, via concerts and movies and CDs -- but also through new "Beethoven delivery systems" (YouTube, web forums, Twitter, etc.) I also interview at length pianist Jeremy Denk, who wrote a terrific piece for this week's New Yorker.
Those who know me from my infamous Crawdaddy and Springsteen days might be a bit...surprised? Maybe it's now, "Roll Over, Chuck Berry." In any case, it's a totally unique book on Beethoven--a Beethoven for our time, at last. Again, e-book here and print here. Not in bookstores for awhile. My new Beethoven blog is here. And here's Kerry's trailer:
But the Beethoven book is only the latest of my books to emerge recently. Earlier this month: a print version of my popular e-book from last year, Atomic Cover-up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made. See "shocking" video below.
My previous original book, only in an e-edition, 40 Days That Shook The World: from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everywhere. Now that it's been updated twice I could probably change the title to 60 Days, as it covers events from October 1, 201l to the end of November. My OccupyUSA blog remains one of the most popular daily features at The Nation and in the Occupy universe.
And now: My "classic" 1992 Random House book, The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics has just appeared as an e-book for the first time (and with a new introduction) and also in a new print edition. It won the Goldsmith Book prize and was turned into a PBS film. Suffice to say it has tremendous relevance to the Occupy movement -- and the 2012 election.