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I love great books about records: ripping yarns about everything that happened on the way to my stereo, with no minutiae too small to matter. The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Coloris the tale, in depth, behind every Blue single. David Fricke, Rolling Stone
The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color is 282 pages of behind-the-scenes stories, information, and interviews about the Jack White produced Blue Series singles. This hardcover book also includes a 7 single of unreleased Blue Series session songs by First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) on black vinyl, a ten song sampler of Blue Series music curated by the book's editor Ben Blackwell, Foreword by award-winning Rolling Stone music journalist David Fricke, and exclusive interviews with Beck, Courtney Barnett, Stepehn Colbert, Insane Clown Posse, Wanda Jackson, Kate Pierson, Dexter Romweber, Jack White, Dwight Yoakam, and more.
As the brainchild of Jack White, the Blue Series started in tandem with Third Man Records, Whites Nashville-based record label founded in 2009. Built on the simple premise of 7 45rpm singles all recorded in the same studio, with the same producer (White), with photos taken in the same locale (Third Man Records onsite Blue Room) and manufactured at the same pressing plant (United Record Pressing), a stones throw from TMRs offices) the resultant 40 singles impressively run the gamut of artists and styles. Whether its the wildly popular like Beck, the classic veteran Tom Jones, the character Stephen Colbert, the polarizing Insane Clown Posse, or previously unknown performers making their debut releases, the Blue Series is the perfect snapshot of what Third Man, and by extension Jack White, have focused on and championed for the past seven years.