On my desk at the moment is a pre-release Kindle copy of Mary E. Donnelly‘s long awaited book about the Zion, IL powerpop group. Shoes began their recording career in the 1970s and continue to present-day; in fact they’ll be making a relatively rare live appearance soon, at this year’s SXSW. (If you’re going to Austin for the fest, Shoes are a must-see.)
The last year has seen quite a bit of Shoes-related activity: The group’s first studio album in decades, Ignition, was released. A career-spanning collection came out (here’s a review of 35 Years: The Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012). Their back catalog is being reissued on vinyl in a multi-month rollout. And last Summer I interviewed bassist John Murphy about all of these and more, including Donnelly’s book.
While I’m busy working my way through this weighty tome, I invite you to check out the other features and reviews mentioned above. And I’ll report back here shortly after I finish the book.
when new features, reviews and essays are published.