Jack Antonoff Writing Book to Celebrate '90s CD Culture

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Jack Antonoff attends the 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  

Judging by his style alone, it's no great surprise that Jack Antonoff is a fan of '90s nostalgia. The bespectacled, denim-and-neon clad guitarist of fun. and frontman of Bleachers is now writing a book about the music scene from that era -- specifically CD and record store culture, which the Grammy winner hopes to both immortalize and help resurrect with Record Store.

Record Store will be "a heavily illustrated anthology of essays, interviews, photographs, and ephemera that will pay tribute to the cherished, and endangered, cultural institution," Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher, wrote in a statement on Wednesday. Though they don't get specific about who exactly will be contributing, the publisher promises "dozens of contributions from Antonoff’s circle of friends and influencers across the entertainment industry," which could be anyone from famous friends Taylor Swift and Tavi Gevinson to girlfriend Lena Dunham. Antonoff will write the introduction himself and curate what he hopes will result in a "high-school-scrapbook-meets-Jeff-Koons feel."

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“Record stores were the most exciting place you could go, regardless of your age or social standing," he added to the statement, referencing his childhood growing up in New Jersey in the '90s. "You knew when you walked in that you might walk out with something that could change your life. The record store was at once a listening party, a debate stage, a therapist’s office, a university for music taught by a dude with a ponytail and/or a beard, and so much more. It was a refuge for outcasts and awkward teenagers -- a sacred place.” 

There is no announced publication date as of yet for the title. In addition to this project, Antonoff is also hard at work on his new label, Rough Customer, which he launched in late 2015 with Sony/ATV. Last month it was announced that Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, would be their first signee.


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