It’s hard to imagine a more fitting subject for a Third Man Books project than the poet Frank Stanford. He’s not quite poetry’s Robert Johnson, but the Mississippi-born Arkansas native’s work reaches beyond poetry’s converted, just as Johnson was a gateway bluesman. Stanford also comes complete with a legend of writing, romance and recklessness.
After Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore got divorced, the Sonic Youth members went to their separate bands. Gordon has the experimental duo Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley are together in the song-y Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, and Moore formed Chelsea Light Moving, the punkest of the post-SY bands.
Sonic Youth is on extended hiatus since Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have divorced, but Moore, Gordon, and Lee Ranaldo have all released new musical projects this year. Moore's Chelsea Light Moving got its self-titled debut album to market first since it was released in the spring.