San Diego’s Blind Owl Records is excited to announce their very first literary release, a stunning book of poetry and narrative prose called Saturday Night Sage, from riveting fresh new voice, Noah Lekas. The physical book is currently available for pre-order (HERE), along with a a limited edition exclusive package that includes the book and 18x24 silk screen print of the cover and will be released in select book stores and through the Blind Owl website on April 13th.
The collection tackles mysticism, menial labor and self-medication. In the title piece, Saturday Night Sage, the sage navigates whiskey-soaked revelations with religion, folklore and dwindling opportunity. He wades through Eastern philosophy, Western theology and the American highways and factories of the Midwest in search of purpose and resolve. More than just bar room tales of flagrant dispossession, Saturday Night Sage emerges from the shadows of crumbling factory-life; giving voice to an often-undervalued American story. It bets-it-all that a Blue-Collar work ethic is all you need to get out of the dreary repetition of Saturday Night.
The book has early champions, that include world renown graphic artist Alan Forbes (Faith No More, Queens of the Stone Age, The Melvins, Mudhoney etc.), who created the book’s cover art. In addition to Forbes, the pieces in Saturday Night Sage have moved a number of musicians and filmmakers to create audio and visual pieces inspired by poems from the book that will be released over the next month. The artists contributing pieces include Shelby Baldock (Director North Mississippi All-Stars, Pianoman Pictures, Memphis, TN) , Scott Rosenbaum (Director/Red Hawk FIlm, New York, NY), Joshua Zimmerman (Director/The Silent Comedy, New York, NY), Jeremiah Zimmerman (Director/The Silent Comedy, San Diego, CA), Blake Cook (Visual Artist, Cleveland, OH), with music composed by Dan Cervantes (Howlin Rain), Mrs. Henry, Chad Lee (the Silent Comedy) and more.
Saturday Night Sage is Lekas’ debut book release. It was The Exterminator by William Burroughs and Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski, that lit the fire in Lekas to pursue his creative passions. Lekas found Burroughs through a recording of The ‘Priest’ They Called Him that he did with Kurt Cobain, and Bukowski through the band, Hot Water Music. Since then, for Lekas, music, and literature have been inseparable. After calling all four corners of the country home, his work is as uniquely American as his perspective, giving voice to an often overlooked and undervalued, working-class experience. Hailed as “A punk séance for the beat spirit,” Saturday Night Sage weaves the unwavering ethos of post-industrial Wisconsin with the poetic tradition of New York City and the eccentric Rock ‘n’ Roll soul of San Francisco.
Saturday Night Sage (out April 13th)
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