New Release - Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel

On the shelf as of 4/12/16 at Howlin' Books is OLD RECORDS NEVER DIE, in which author Eric Spitznagel recounts his quest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past, reminiscing about the music and the people he listened to it with—old girlfriends, his high school pals, and, most poignantly, his father and son. A true audiophile, Spitznagel guides you through his favorite music, memories, and his search to piece together the music of his past. Jeff Tweedy from Wilco wrote the foreword, and Dave Eggers praised the book: “Memories are far more indelible when married to the physical world, and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book. We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile, the visual, the seeable effects of age and care and carelessness. When he searches for the records he lost and sold, Spitznagel is trying to return to a tangible past, and he details that process with great sensitivity and impact.”

& - Photography Featuring The NBHD's Jesse Rutherford

The Neighbourhood's Jesse Rutherford and acclaimed photographer Jessie English have collaborated on a book of iconic images, and it's for sale now at Howlin' Books!

& is a 144 page hardcover collection of stunning black and white images images featuring Jesse Rutherford of The Neighborhood, as shot by acclaimed Australian photographer Jessie English.

Published by Remedial Media, & explores the fluidity of gender and identity in the mythology surrounding the rock god and fashion icon. Jesse and Jessie set out to create images as a door into the self, using fashion not only as an expression, but as a denial of expectation, a reclamation of identity, an advocation for freedom.

Oxford American Southern Music Issue 2015

It's here! Oxford American's annual Southern Music Issue has landed!

Every year Oxford American publishes a Southern Music issue and we're pleased to announce that we now have the 2015 issue in stock!  The 17th annual Southern Music Issue shines a light on the music of Georgia and features articles on Janelle Monae, Outkast, The Allman Brothers, James Brown, The B-52's, Vic Chesnutt, Ma Rainey, Otis Redding and more. As always, the issue includes a CD showcasing artists featured in the magazine.    

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Our First Blog!

Wow- I can’t believe I’m finally getting to write a blog for Howlin’ Books. We have now been open since late Feb. 2013, and here it is almost August 2014 and I’m finally getting to it.  Sometimes things just take a while. Back when I was just working with Grimey’s and dreaming of having a bookstore, I really never imagined it would come together the way it did, being housed with the Grimey’s expansion that is. My book partner Gwil and I both knew we wanted to open a bookstore and call it Howlin’ Books but we needed some big cash and a prime location before we could make it come to fruition.

Well we never got the big cash, hence why it is taking so long to get a proper website up. But that’s okay because we got open and we have stayed open and business is growing each day. Mike Grimes opened the original Grimey’s with basically his own record collection and a small loan from a friend. So we knew we could do it.

I have learned a lot in this first year. Like it takes a lot of time and effort to stay on the pulse of new releases that work for this store and that every now and then I’ll miss something. But the Wall of Sound has really grown to be something unique for a Nashville bookstore. It is Music City after all so it makes sense that we should have a “Wall of Sound” at Howlin’ featuring books by musicians, books about musicians and books about music and the music business.

I have also learned what kind of fiction we want to stock and what kind of fiction you can just pick up at Costco. I laugh at most of the pop culture  books we put out and then when they fly off the shelves so fast I realize we live in a city filled by folks with great senses of humor.  

And finally I have learned that events are a lot of work so only do the ones that are meaningful, and will hopefully bring in some people and that will sell some books. And events take patience. Our writer’s series grew to a packed out house by the end of our first season and so I’m getting excited about Howlin’ After Dark Season 2.

So that said, we are happy to already be rocking our second year. It is going to be a great rest of the year so come see us and see what we have in stock and next time my blog will be much shorter.

Thanks for the support,

Jessica Kimbrough