There are at least two presses I love who are affiliated with musicians, and I bet there are lots more. Today's shout out goes out to Turtle Point Press and Exact Change.
While Turtle Point, headed by publisher, Jonathan Rabinowitz, is not at all restricted to musical connection, I did read awhile back a sweet experimental novel by former Belle and Sebastian artist, Stuart David. David's book, Nalda Said, would be a good starter if you want to dive into Turtle Point’s world. Their books are so well-designed and they favor sexy, transgressive literature which gets a big hooray.
Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, of Damon + Naomi and former-Galaxie 500 fame, started Exact Change in the 90s to reintroduce audiences to experimental Surrealist and Dada works that were released by Grove and City Lights in the 60s. At this point, though, they’ve published tons of work that hadn’t seen the light of day since it was written. Some poetry, some fiction, memoir, but it all renders a wonderfully odd historical moment. I’d recommend beginning with Dark Spring by Unica Zürn, and any of Denton Welch’s titles, especially Maiden Voyage. The header of this post is an image drawn by Unica, who was famously Hans Bellmer’s doll in many of his poupées photos and a fierce artist in her own right. Welch on the other hand, was said to have been one of William Burroughs’s favorites.
Look at this partial list of some of Exact Change’s authors!
Guillaume Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, John Cage, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Morton Feldman, Alice James, Alfred Jarry, Franz Kafka, Lautréamont, Gérard de Nerval, Fernando Pessoa, Raymond Roussel, Philippe Soupault, Gertrude Stein, Stefan Themerson, Denton Welch, and Unica Zürn.