Upcoming Beat Happening Events (w/ Calvin Johnson) + SNEAK PEEK Foreword by Phil Elverum!


As we’ve reminded you over and over again, we will soon be publishing Bryan Parker’s brand new 33 1/3 on Beat Happening’s Beat Happening–in just 21 (20?) short days! Be sure to pre-order your copy, and if you need more incentive (though why would you?) check out this SNEAK PEEK of the foreword, by Phil Elverum of The Microphones:

The basic assumption that one is allowed to do whatever was taken for granted, and this certainty defines the feeling of Beat Happening for me, especially the first album. Listening to the recordings, it’s easy to imagine that at no point was the legitimacy of the project questioned by the artists. For music that sounds so extremely raw this assumption seems almost insane. This big certainty works as a permission slip to everyone that hears it, or at least a young me.



To celebrate the release of the book, Bryan will be touring the Pacific Northwest, home of Beat Happening and K-Records with band frontman and label founder Calvin Johnson et al, before returning to Texas to do a reading at Books-a-Million. Then, in November, Bryan will join us in Brooklyn with Miles Davis author George Grella as we return to Word bookstore in Greenpoint (fingers crossed there’s less snow this time around). He’ll also be at events in Houston and Austin in mid-November. For dates and times of all Beat Happening events, see below! For updates, check out our events page.



Beat Happening Book Release and Live Show w/ Calvin Johnson

Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501


Bryan Parker at Anacortes Music Channel

Presented by Watermark Books & The Business w/ Bret Lunsford + Friends
Friday, Sep. 25, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: Anacortes Music Channel, 216 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221


Bryan Parker at Powell’s City of Books w/ Calvin Johnson + Friends

Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015
Time: 4 pm
Location: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209


Q&A w/ Bryan Parker at the Vera Project

Hosted by Seattle Weekly Editor Mark Baumgarten, w/ music from Young Pioneers + more
Sunday, Sep. 27, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: Vera Project, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109


Bryan Parker at Cedar Ridge High School
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Cedar Ridge High School, 2801 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664


Bryan Parker at Books-A-Million

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Books-A-Million, 422 W Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605

PEN Night at WORD Books May 2013

George Grella and Bryan C. Parker present Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Beat Happening
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222


Bryan Parker at Brazos Bookstore
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005


Bryan Parker at Farewell Books
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Farewell Books, 913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702


Beat Happening Tribute Show
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

3 thoughts on “Upcoming Beat Happening Events (w/ Calvin Johnson) + SNEAK PEEK Foreword by Phil Elverum!”

  1. Awwww… you used a Harvard Book Store image and got my hopes up, you tease 🙂 Here’s hoping that means something more northeasterly is in the works.

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