Sinecure Books

Sinecure Books Sinecure is an independent publishing house dedicated to producing books and records of 20th/21st Century popular art, music, and photography. Started by Johan Kugelberg and Eothen Alapatt, Sinecure has offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Nods to THE HUNDREDS for mentioning our exhibition of Spot's work in their recap of last weekend's Printed Matter, Inc. ...
02/06/2015
FIRST LOOK :: LA ART BOOK FAIR HIGHLIGHTS @ LAST NIGHT’S PREVIEW | The Hundreds

Nods to THE HUNDREDS for mentioning our exhibition of Spot's work in their recap of last weekend's Printed Matter, Inc. LA Art Book Fair at MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Many thanks to all of those who checked out the show!

We attended Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair (#LAABF) Opening Preview last night. Preview nights are fun because: 1. It feels less stress-y, 2. you get first

Houston Rap & Houston Rap Tapes author, Lance Scott Walker, talks the Houston rap scene & his books via Homemade News.
02/05/2015
Freestyling with Lance Scott Walker on the Houston Rap Scene

Houston Rap & Houston Rap Tapes author, Lance Scott Walker, talks the Houston rap scene & his books via Homemade News.

Last year, Lance Scott Walker and bestie Peter Beste published Houston Rap Tapes an oral history of the abundant rap scene in Houston. As Lance says, the book is more than the music. It’s about the neighborhood and the vast city limits of Houston that shaped it. Lance, who is originally from Galvest…

Fresh Spot interview with the folks at Punktastic!"Those old, primitive box cameras were really 'magic.' Back in the 50s...
01/29/2015
INTERVIEW: Spot – Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening [January 2014] | Punktastic

Fresh Spot interview with the folks at Punktastic!

"Those old, primitive box cameras were really 'magic.' Back in the 50s and 60s black & white film had highly developed (no pun) emulsion/chemical formulas that were extremely versatile. Colour hadn’t progressed to near that level and tended to look unnatural."

If you were to pull out your favourite LP’s from legendary punk label SST Records you will notice the name Spot appearing in the credits of most of them. Wether it was the volatile hardcore of Black Flag’s debut album ‘Damaged’, or the shredding alt-punk of ‘Zen Arcade’ by Husker Du – to name but a…

"The book is affectionate in its depiction of a skating community that included as many women as men. They were 'girls w...
01/27/2015

"The book is affectionate in its depiction of a skating community that included as many women as men. They were 'girls who were doing things, not just trying to look pretty', Spot has said."

Wow. Spot's "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" got the full-page treatment in this past Saturday's The Telegraph!

Check out the book: http://bit.ly/1wb4yV3

Picked up some beautiful(!) archival pigment prints of Spot's work that we'll be exhibiting at this year's Printed Matte...
01/17/2015

Picked up some beautiful(!) archival pigment prints of Spot's work that we'll be exhibiting at this year's Printed Matter, Inc. LA Art Book Fair at MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Jan. 29 - Feb. 2. Come hang out!

Hey LA! Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston Rap Tapes and Houston Rap, will be at The Last Bookstore on January 16th f...
01/15/2015
The Last Bookstore: HOUSTON RAP TAPES • BOOK SIGNING & LECTURE

Hey LA! Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston Rap Tapes and Houston Rap, will be at The Last Bookstore on January 16th for an in-store signing and lecture. 8-10PM.

453 South Spring St., LA, CA

The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome writer Lance Scott Walker for the West Coast launch of Houston Rap Tapes, the second of his collaborative books with photographer Peter Beste.

"I read Houston Rap like an account of a psychedelic renaissance comparable to San Francisco in the ’60s — far-out m...
01/15/2015
Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) TALKS Houston Rap and Growing Up on the Gulf Coast

"I read Houston Rap like an account of a psychedelic renaissance comparable to San Francisco in the ’60s — far-out music to tell the story of the people and replicate the effects of their drug of choice."

Austin Brown of Parquet Courts talks HOUSTON RAP and growing up on the Gulf Coast via Talkhouse Music.

HOUSTON RAP: http://bit.ly/1AjumfT

The moving story of how a kid from “Big Money Texas” found solace and salvation in rap music from the poor side of Houston.

Dangerous Minds on the exclusive 7" that accompanies every direct order of Sounds of Two Eyes Opening:"...it’s a loose...
01/06/2015
Black Flag producer SPOT’s photos of L.A.

Dangerous Minds on the exclusive 7" that accompanies every direct order of Sounds of Two Eyes Opening:

"...it’s a loose, free, and economical piece of music with spoken vocals that recalls moments from Funambulist, Worldbroken-era Saccharine Trust, or Keith Morris’ Midget Handjob project..."

Grab the 7" in our slipcased edition of the book, along with a poster and photo print, available only from us: http://bit.ly/1wb4yV3

To the extent that he’s known at all, Glen “SPOT” Lockett is known for his time as the in-house producer for SST records in the 1980’s. His were the hands on the board for unimpeachable classics like Meat Puppets II, What Makes a Man Start Fires?, Zen Arcade, Milo Goes to College, and the first fo…

"When ground level punk/art/fanzine culture established itself, music became fun again because it didn't have to be popu...
12/16/2014
Sun and Skating in 70s So Cal

"When ground level punk/art/fanzine culture established itself, music became fun again because it didn't have to be popular to be exciting. Popularity is a bad measurement of quality. And mainstream culture seriously avoided us!" -- Spot

Fantastic interview with Spot up now via AnOther!

We enter the sun-kissed world of Southern California in the 1970s – complete with roller skates, beaches and burgeoning punk rock – via a brilliant new book by music producer and photographer, Spot

"Take a ride back in time to the dawn of rollerskating and skateboarding in the late 60s and 70s, with police run-ins, b...
12/10/2014
Fast and furious: California's first rollergirls and skateboarders – in pictures

"Take a ride back in time to the dawn of rollerskating and skateboarding in the late 60s and 70s, with police run-ins, boardwalk love-ins and stratospheric stunts."

The Guardian has featured a wonderful slideshow of Spot's work, focusing on his photographs of early rollergirls and skateboarders!

Take a ride back in time to the dawn of rollerskating and skateboarding, with police run-ins, boardwalk love-ins and stratospheric stunts

Thanks to everyone who came to Spot's book signing yesterday at Amoeba!Spot's making two more book signing pit stops in ...
12/04/2014

Thanks to everyone who came to Spot's book signing yesterday at Amoeba!

Spot's making two more book signing pit stops in California this weekend:

Saturday, Dec. 6 -- Arcana: Books on the Arts, Culver City; 4pm
Sunday, Dec. 7 -- Green Apple Books and Music, San Francisco; 4pm

Los Angeles! TODAY, Spot is signing copies of his new book, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, at Amoeba Hollywood with DJ Reve...
12/03/2014

Los Angeles! TODAY, Spot is signing copies of his new book, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, at Amoeba Hollywood with DJ Reverend Dan from KXLU Los Angeles 88.9 FM spinning tunes. Starts at 7pm. Don't miss!

Amoeba Music /// 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Great new write-up on Spot's book, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, courtesy of Sound it Out!
12/03/2014
SPOT - The Sounds of Two Eyes Opening - Sound it Out

Great new write-up on Spot's book, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, courtesy of Sound it Out!

Spot wasn’t just photographing this scene, he was a member of it: so he elicits knowing smiles, friendly glances and punk rock glares from his subjects.

Incredibly excited to see our latest release, Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, in this past Sunday's The New York Time...
12/02/2014

Incredibly excited to see our latest release, Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, in this past Sunday's The New York Times. Check out the full article courtesy of T: The New York Times Style Magazine: http://nyti.ms/1vcq4Uq

Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening is out everywhere -- and we're offering a one-day sale to celebrate! -- http://bit.ly/...
12/01/2014

Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening is out everywhere -- and we're offering a one-day sale to celebrate! -- http://bit.ly/1wb4yV3

Today only, we're selling our deluxe edition of Sounds of Two Eyes Opening -- with slipcase, silkscreened 7" vinyl record with art by Ed Templeton, poster and a limited edition Spot print from the book -- for $40 -- $10 off! -- http://bit.ly/1wb4yV3

Check out this new interview with Spot via The Los Angeles Beat!
12/01/2014
An Interview with Spot about his New Photography Book, “Sounds of Two Eyes Opening”

Check out this new interview with Spot via The Los Angeles Beat!

Most LA musicians know Spot from his years working as a sound engineer and producer for bands like the Minutemen, the Misfits, and Black Flag. A talented musician, Spot also played bass for Panic, the precursor to Black Flag, and Nig Heist, a comical and super edgy band that bordered on performance…

Our latest release, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, is now officially out in stores! Be on the lookout at your local book an...
11/30/2014

Our latest release, Sounds of Two Eyes Opening, is now officially out in stores! Be on the lookout at your local book and record shops.

The slipcased exclusive edition of the book is only available directly from us at: http://sinecureboks.com

T: The New York Times Style Magazine's feature on Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening --"And in the moments of pure abando...
11/28/2014
A New Tome Captures the Southern California Skate-Punk Scene of the '80s

T: The New York Times Style Magazine's feature on Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening --

"And in the moments of pure abandonment — of skaters mid-grind or handplant or briefly, completely airborne; of smoke and sweat visibly emanating from a crowded show — Spot’s pictures feel almost audible, full of noise and freedom, like what it must have felt like to be there."

The photographs of Spot, a record producer and key figure of the era, are collected in a new volume, “The Sound of Two Eyes Opening.”

Pre-orders for the deluxe, slipcased exclusive version of Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening are now shipping! This editi...
11/26/2014

Pre-orders for the deluxe, slipcased exclusive version of Spot's Sounds of Two Eyes Opening are now shipping! This edition is complete with double-sided poster, photo print, silkscreened 7-inch vinyl record, and slipcase. Both 7-inch and slipcase art done by Ed Templeton! Only available at http://sinecurebooks.com

"For a while, these photos remind us, this is what it looked like to be alive and a part of something, there at the very...
11/24/2014

"For a while, these photos remind us, this is what it looked like to be alive and a part of something, there at the very edge of the world."

We're incredibly excited and honored by Life Magazine's feature on Spot's work! Check it out: http://ti.me/1uRUHn4

NYC! Peter Beste, photographer of Houston Rap, and Lance Scott Walker, writer of Houston Rap Tapes, will be at powerHous...
11/20/2014

NYC! Peter Beste, photographer of Houston Rap, and Lance Scott Walker, writer of Houston Rap Tapes, will be at powerHouse Arena on November 25, 7-9pm, for a talk, Q&A, and book signing.

More info: http://bit.ly/1HrFLRq
Houston Rap & Houston Rap Tapes: http://bit.ly/11kiKyY

Los Angeles! On December 3rd at 7:00pm, Spot will be at Amoeba Music Hollywood signing copies of his new book, Sound of ...
11/11/2014

Los Angeles! On December 3rd at 7:00pm, Spot will be at Amoeba Music Hollywood signing copies of his new book, Sound of Two Eyes Opening.

Guest DJ Reverend Dan from KXLU Los Angeles 88.9 FM will be there spinning tunes!

You can purchase your copy of the book at Amoeba starting November 28th and get a ticket to come to the December 3rd event.

Books purchased at Amoeba come with a silkscreened 7-inch vinyl record!

Amoeba Music | 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Spot's photo that inspired Ed Templeton's slipcase artwork.The slipcased edition of our newest release, "Sounds of Two E...
11/04/2014

Spot's photo that inspired Ed Templeton's slipcase artwork.

The slipcased edition of our newest release, "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening," by Spot is available EXCLUSIVELY from our web shop. Pre-order your copy at: http://www.sinecurebooks.com

Pre-order the deluxe version of Spot's "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" NOW at: http://sinecurebooks.com/We're honored to be...
10/28/2014

Pre-order the deluxe version of Spot's "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" NOW at: http://sinecurebooks.com/

We're honored to be releasing this book of work by Spot, the legendary hardcore SST Records producer, whose photos capture not only the Southern California punk scene of the 70s and 80s, but provide a portrait of California coastal life. Surfing, bikinis, roller skating and skate boarding's fledgling days are set in contrast to iconic shots of all the key denizens of hardcore punk as it is being invented.

Only orders of the deluxe edition placed directly from Sinecure Books come with a slipcase, silk-screened 7-inch, poster, and limited edition photo print! Order NOW at: http://sinecurebooks.com

Coming soon to http://sinecurebooks.com ..."Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening"Photographs by SpotEdited by Johan Kugelberg & Ry...
10/10/2014

Coming soon to http://sinecurebooks.com ...

"Sounds Of Two Eyes Opening"
Photographs by Spot
Edited by Johan Kugelberg & Ryan Richardson

Stay tuned!

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10/10/2014

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10/10/2014

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TONIGHT on Optimo Radio Lance Scott Walker will discuss HOUSTON RAP TAPES -- give a listen!http://optimoradio.com/?p=148...
06/25/2014
Houston Rap Tapes Radio w/ Lance S Walker – Weds. 8pm cst / 9pm est – Optimo Radio : Optimo Radio

TONIGHT on Optimo Radio Lance Scott Walker will discuss HOUSTON RAP TAPES -- give a listen!

http://optimoradio.com/?p=1487

Brand New show we’re bringing to the table here at Optimo Radio. Our good friend, Lance Scott Walker, author of #HoustonRapTapes and writer of #HoustonRap has joined forces with us to bring a real H-Town history lesson to the people. Lance takes us wayyyyy back to the early beginnings of Houston hip…

Saturday, May 17 at 1 PM EDT -- Lance Scott Walker will be making an in-store appearance for HOUSTON RAP TAPES Joint Cus...
05/06/2014

Saturday, May 17 at 1 PM EDT -- Lance Scott Walker will be making an in-store appearance for HOUSTON RAP TAPES Joint Custody, 1530 U St. NW, Washington DC. Put it on your calendar!

Go to The Source Magazine and listen to Lance Scott Walker's mixtape -- nearly seven hours of Houston rap you can listen...
03/07/2014
Premiere: Listen To A 7 Hour Mix Of Houston Hip-Hop As You Read Lance Scott Walker’s Houston Rap...

Go to The Source Magazine and listen to Lance Scott Walker's mixtape -- nearly seven hours of Houston rap you can listen to while reading HOUSTON RAP TAPES!
http://bit.ly/1hTWvUU

Oooh, we have something special for you today to help make Friday go way faster. To mark the release of his Houston Rap Tapes book, which came out February 28th, Lance Scott Walker compiled an almost 7 hour long mixtape of some of the best Houston Hip-Hop. And when we say mixtape, we really mean a c...

TOMORROW Saturday March 1, 1 PM at Farewell Books in Austin  -- Lance Scott Walker discusses and signs copies of the new...
02/28/2014

TOMORROW Saturday March 1, 1 PM at Farewell Books in Austin -- Lance Scott Walker discusses and signs copies of the new Sinecure Books publication HOUSTON RAP TAPES.

TONIGHT Thurs. Feb 27, at Sig's Lagoon, 3622 Main, Houston -- Lance Scott Walker will talk about and sign HOUSTON RAP TA...
02/27/2014

TONIGHT Thurs. Feb 27, at Sig's Lagoon, 3622 Main, Houston -- Lance Scott Walker will talk about and sign HOUSTON RAP TAPES.

TONIGHT Wed. Feb. 26 at 7 PM CST at Brazos Bookstore in Houston come meet Lance Scott Walker, who'll be discussing and s...
02/24/2014

TONIGHT Wed. Feb. 26 at 7 PM CST at Brazos Bookstore in Houston come meet Lance Scott Walker, who'll be discussing and signing copies of HOUSTON RAP TAPES.

Visit the Sinecure blog to find a list of upcoming Texas events & interviews featuring Lance Scott Walker, author (with ...
02/05/2014

Visit the Sinecure blog to find a list of upcoming Texas events & interviews featuring Lance Scott Walker, author (with Peter Beste, photographer) of the new companion book to HOUSTON RAP from Sinecure Books, HOUSTON RAP TAPES.

http://bit.ly/1iq2Feh

NOW AVAILABLE from Sinecure Books, the companion book to HOUSTON RAP by Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker -- HOUSTON RA...
02/05/2014
Houston Rap Tapes

NOW AVAILABLE from Sinecure Books, the companion book to HOUSTON RAP by Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker -- HOUSTON RAP TAPES!

http://bit.ly/1kcxruT

Sinecure Books is an independent publishing house dedicated to producing books and records of 20th/21st Century popular art, music, and photography. Started by Johan Kugelberg and Eothen Alapatt, Sinecure has offices in New York and Los Angeles.

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