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Blissard book by Johan Harstad

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  • Started 6 years ago by Vegard B. Havdal
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  1. Vegard B. Havdal
    Member

    Hi, a deluxe edition of the book about Blissard by author Johan Harstad will be out soon, crowd funded on http://www.newjelly.com/. There is a Norwegian press release, which I have roughly translated here:

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    MOTORPSYCHO "BLISSARD" BY JOHAN HARSTAD, DELUXE EDITION ON NEW JELLY

    On November 23rd, Falck Forlag AS (publishing) will release book number 12 in the Morgenbladet newspaper Top 100 album series. Earlier, noted authors like Frode Grytten, Stig Sæterbakken, Ketil Bjørnstad, Gro Dahle and Fredrik Wandrup have written about noted acts like a-ha, DePress, Radka Toneff, deLillos and Jan Garbarek, but now the pinnacle remains: Yes, John Harstad’s book about Motorpsycho’s «Blissard»!

    The book is a mastodon of a tribute to Johan’s favourite album of all time. It will be released in same form as the other 11 books in the series: 12x18cm paperback, but in the Motorpsycho spirit we now announce a hardcover edition for the die-hards, only available on newjelly.com.

    The cover is designed by Harstad’s own design agency LACTR, and will be in a limited edition. We don’t know how many yet, it is up to you. Every person who orders the book, will have his/her copy hand numbered and signed by the author, in the mail before the regular edition hits the shelves.

    The book is only NOK 299, about 330 pages, has thick nice paper and is guaranteed to become a collectible, IF it gets made.
    To print this book, we have to cover the printing cost, about NOK 30000. That means 100 copies. If we can do that, we can look forward to the fall’s most exclusive and broad music biography in hardcover.

    Do not miss this opportunity. The offer is good from October 19th until November 5th.
    Now, it is up to you. If enough people participate, you will have your book, if not you will have your money back.

    Check out the project on http://www.newjelly.com

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. ThorEgil
    Member

    Takkskaldufaenmegha!

    I'm in.

    Edit: The link http://www.newjelly.com/projectdetail.aspx?ProjectId=527

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. Andreas the Totenoid
    Member

    SÃ¥sinnsyktfett!

    Johan Harstad is a great author, this must be good! I´m in!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. odindahle
    Member

    Damn! Just ordered a copy!
    Really hoping enough people pre-order!
    Would be insanely fun to read a whole book about Motorpsycho!!

    GO BUY!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. Tomcat
    Member

    The book will be available in Norwegian only, is that correct?

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. ThorEgil
    Member

    No mention of any English version.

    Expect the fight for international publishing rights to start immediately

    Or - time to learn some language

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. otherdemon
    Member

    Well, this will be a nice addition to the upcoming 4CD set

    Obviously I've pre-ordered. I want the limited edition hardcover version.

    A little important piece of info: You'll need a Paypal account to be able to pre-order.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. Tomcat
    Member

    I'd be in for an English Edition of the book

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. otherdemon
    Member

    Christer Falck posted a promo scan of some selected passages from the book. If that scan is representative, then it looks like it will be a nice balance of the writer's own experiences with the album + facts/info/tech-geek-o-rama from Bent & co.

    Here's the scan for those not on Facebook:

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. ThorEgil
    Member

    The news is out - Adressa

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. Hi. I'm the publisher of the book Blissard. So far, the book will only be available in Norwegian, but we (Rune Grammofon and Falck Forlag) have discussed to translate the book to English and add it in the lim.ed.-version of the Blissard-vinyl that MIGHT see the light next year.

    There will be two different books available from November 23th, both in Norwegian.
    a) The ordinary edition, in the same series as the 11 other books we have just released. Paperback, 330 pages, 12 x 18 cm, and
    b) The lim.ed-version released through New Jelly (www.newjelly.com only), signet by author Johan Harstad, numbered, with hardcover and thicker paper. The words and amount of pages are the same.. We still don't know how many books we will press. It depends how many orders we will receive, but we need 100 orders to start the project. If we get less orders, averyone will get their money back, and there will be no books..

    You can order until November 5th. After that it's impossible to get hold of the book..
    Any quiestions, I'd be happy to answer. Here, or falck@ccrecords.com
    Kind regards, Christer

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. Ivan
    Member

    blissard-vinyl-deluxe+book version!? OMFG!!!!!
    please folks order this book! cause in need the whole package!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. Rolf
    Member

    I can only speak for myself, but I am very much in favor of this! So I just invested on newjelly.com There's 59 investors now, and 16 days left, so I think this will happen! I'll be sure to tell all my Norwegian psychonaut-friends!

    Also, a vinyl edition with book next year would probably be a just mindblowing package!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. Krist Rampage
    Member

    Blissard vinyl box with a book, i'm in! I'm sure there are a whole lot of psychonauts who would very much want an Englisch translation of the book. So please.......

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. Great King Rat
    Member

    Since I don't speak any Norwegian, I, too, am totally up for an English version and willing to pre-pay if that's gonna be an issue!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. otherdemon
    Member

    As of now, there are 102 people who have pre-ordered the hardcover version! So it will be released, at least

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. Phoots Flower
    Member

    Since I don't speak any Norwegian, I, too, am totally up for an English version and willing to pre-pay if that's gonna be an issue!

    same

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. gert
    Member

    Since I don't speak any Norwegian, I, too, am totally up for an English version and willing to pre-pay if that's gonna be an issue!
    same

    and same here dudes!
    Glad to do this

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. knoot
    Member

    It's now 172% funded

    K

    Posted 6 years ago #
  20. Evol
    Member

    173%

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. s_edelman
    Member

    Would love to read/buy an English version, but not necessary with the vinyl copy of Blissard, as I was going to order the CD version ...

    Posted 6 years ago #

  22. Posted 6 years ago #
  23. Hi. So far we have no plans on releasing the book in English. It's a very expensive book to translate (330 pages!!), but there is a chance, as I said, that it will be included in the vinyl-boxset from Rune Grammofon/Stickman, IF the decide to make it. If that's a reality, it might be an English version of the book as well, but that's too early to say for the moment, and entrely up to Rune/Stickman, and it won't happen until spring/summer 2013.

    Christer Falck, Falck Forlag/C+C Records Norway
    Publisher of the book Blissard by Johan Harstad

    Posted 6 years ago #
  24. ThorEgil
    Member

    Seeing the sales so far (275, sorry 280 - no - 282!, copies in 3 days), and knowing that the number of psychonauts abroad far outnumbers the local tribe, I would say the risk should be manageable. I have, of course, no idea what the translation cost would be.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  25. welsh rarebit
    Member

    I'm not sure if Johan Harstad thinks this was such a great idea after all. If this goes on it will be an awful lot of signatures for him to write.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  26. TvdR
    Member

    Thanks for the response, mr. Falck!

    Greetings,

    Thomas

    Posted 6 years ago #
  27. supernaut
    Member

    to Falck:

    If translations are expensive, why not fund them through Kickstarter?

    http://www.kickstarter.com/

    Posted 6 years ago #
  28. Little Lucid Me
    Member

    Not sure what the going rate in Norway is, but as a professional Dutch->English translator I can tell you that a fair rate in the Netherlands for this type of project would be 6 eurocents a word. Based on the number of pages, but not knowing the average amount of copy on each, I'd say the cost of transation could be around 7,000 euros.

    I'm talking about working with a real live competent & talented translator, with an affinity with motorpsycho, and not some lame approach involving GoogleTranslate + corrections by a well-meaning Norwegian who fancies s/he speaks "enough English" to do it justice

    Often there are various literary/arts grants available for this type of project, at least in Belgium & the Netherlands, and I'm guessing (not assuming) that it's the same in Norway.

    If I had the Norwegian fluency I'd sign up for the job in a heartbeat & offer a nice discount, but oh well!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  29. otherdemon
    Member

    The book-money has now been withdrawn from my Paypal account. Will be exciting to see when the book arrives in my mailbox

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. ThorEgil
    Member

    Enthusiastic review in Adressa already, and still one week to go before release.
    Seems the book will be an interesting read.

    Posted 6 years ago #

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