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Firesign Press Release - 11/17/2013

Marching to Shibboleth Update
(Supercedes the 3/20/13 "Shibboleth" Press Release)
Also - Coming Soon: Eat Or Be Eaten Re-Release

Marching To Shibboleth - book cover
"MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH" IS NOW AVAILABLE!
FIRESIGN PLAYS ARE BACK IN PRINT!
PAPERBACK VERSION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE
(Please Note: Pre-Release Orders Only - Check Back for Updates)

Finally available after over thirty years, MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH collects all the words (and sound effects) to Firesign's classic audio comedies of the Seventies, including:

MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH reproduces both of Firesign's Big Books, originally published in 1972 and 1974 by Straight Arrow. Packed with photos, explanatory prefaces, collages, and the weirdly cool typography typical of High Seventies Style, these must-have script collections at one stroke put to rest any question of just what these guys were saying on all those records and stoked new, unending arguments about just What It All Meant (and simultaneously deployed a hysterical, historical motherlode of theatrical lore guaranteed to trump anyone at a Booth or Barrymore family picnic).

Out of print for at least three decades, both books have been rebuilt from the ground up using original source materials to exactly match the original layouts. Collected under one cover, MARCHING TO SHIBBOLETH puts the best known Firesign works together for the first time and provides readers with the unique word-for-word wordplay which was often confusing - er, confused with that of James Joyce during Firesign's heyday.

The four major titles - Electrician, How Can You Be, Dwarf and Bozos - collectively present Firesign's prescient look at technology, the media, American history and paranoia (especially in the classic "Beat The Reaper!" gameshow.) The Giant Rat is their tribute to British "Goon Show" humor; Nick Danger, Third Eye has become the classic send-up of both the "noir" detective story and Golden Age radio; and Everything You Know Is Wrong mashes up every New-Age trope of the Seventies in an always-timely reminder of what happens when gurus come in the front door and critical thinking goes out the window.

Features a new introduction by author, music journalist and cultural critic Greil Marcus.

  • PAPERBACK EDITION AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE FIRESALE STORE
  • THIS BOOK IS NOT YET AVAILABLE - RESERVE YOUR COPY BY PLACING A PRE-ORDER IN THE FIRESALE STORE
  • WE ANTICIPATE THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING BY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

Available now through The Firesale Store


Coming Soon - Eat Or Be Eaten Re-Release
COMING SOON: EAT OR BE EATEN
LAUGH.COM RE-RELEASE

One of the last remaining out-of-print Firesign titles, Eat or Be Eaten, is returning to CD very soon exclusively from Laugh.com.

The 1985 comedy saga of "Player" (Peter Bergman) and his quest to get in and out of a buggy video game before it eats him alive has been out of print for two decades. The album's world of Kudzu County was built and developed by Firesign over four years in a project that took the form of a computer game, a Cinemax special, a comedy album, and even a never-produced sitcom pilot.

Laugh.com's new CD reissue includes the complete original album, 28 minutes of unreleased bonus tracks, and a bonus Quicktime movie of Eat or Be Eaten with subcode graphics: until now seen only by that rare few that purchased the original 1985 CD release (the world's first CD+G disc!). The package also features never-released game art, plus a new historical essay by yours truly explaining the whole convoluted history of Eat or Be Eaten, starting with the never-produced video game that's now lost to history...or is it?

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