What is Bloghouse: The Book?
Bloghouse: The Book is... well, it's a book about Bloghouse. What's bloghouse you ask? It's an unofficial name for some of the dance music popularized from 2006-2012, aka our teenage and yung adult years. Get acquainted here.
There was Justice's Cross, there was Calvin Harris when he actually sung, there was Hipster Runoff, there was American Apparel lame material everything. With meccas in Los Angeles (where Lina was growing up and sneaking out at the time) and Paris, bloghouse extended its reach to small towns, like the one in Indiana where Meaghan was in college.
This book should probably already exist and be sold in Urban Outfitters but that version would probably be corny so we are here to give you the super-niche-but-necessary cultural commentary on the era.
What will be in the book?
- interviews and quotes from artists and prominent figures
- pages of original illustrations by Meaghan
- photos with commentary from the biggest photographers of the era
- personal essays and short stories and fan fiction (!!)
- more surprises
Who the F are yall?
Meaghan Garvey is a freelance writer and illustrator, currently living on the beach in Chicago in order to more efficiently L.A.R.P. Lana Del Rey videos. She’s contributed to Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, Complex, and all the usual media outlets you know and somewhat tolerate; she’s also spent the past five years self-publishing music-related zines and assorted weirdo print paraphernalia, from 2013’s "Lavender” (a deranged hypothetical pre-imagining of Drake’s third album) to 2014’s Chicago drill-inspired tarot deck and guidebook. Her prints and original artwork are available here. A veteran of the Midwest bloghouse scene, she spent the mid-to-late 2000s poorly DJing Crookers remixes on the free version of Ableton in her friend Dave’s basement and trying to work up the nerve to say hi to Kid Sister at Chicago’s Sonotheque (RIP). She got into cultural criticism via Carles.
Lina Abascal is a writer, content strategist, and a Los Angeles native. She blames every positive and negative in her life on the fact she spent ten years in the club. She went to Dim Mak Tuesdays and D.A.N.C.E with a fake ID and snuck backstage at Coachella and danced onstage for a Calvin Harris (with live vocals) set at Coachella 2008. In 2012 she began a dance music YouTube interview show that featured Brodinski, Digitalism, Crookers, and more. In 2013-2014 she had a column on VICE's dance music website Thump called Around the World in 80 Raves. She currently writes for Playboy and VICE. In 2017 she made two zines filled with nonfiction about love and relationships which you can buy here. She is the curator of a traveling reading series for women and non-binary writers called Tweeting & Deleting.
UPDATED 2/12: STRETCH GOALSSSSSS-
Hi everyone! You're amazing, thanks so much for all of your support thus far. We were able to make our goal of 2k in less than 24 hours. So now we have almost an entire month to continue to raise money to make the book even bigger and better than we originally anticipated.
Here's what we plan on doing based on future funding milestones.
We got to this 3/1!! YAY!!!! $4,000- we will add two new original art pieces and work on getting ~big name bloghouse celeb(s) to do an intro and outro.
$5,000- we will add two more original art pieces and work on collaborating with photographers from the time to add their photos to the book +++++ everyone who has pledged over $10 will receive a #bloghousethebook STICKER with their order for free!
$6,000 - uhhhh... TBD but we will add two more original art pieces (8 total) and work on making the book bigger, longer, (harder better faster stronger etc) as well as throw launch parties in LA/NY/Chicago.
Risks and challenges
Securing the right guest contributors-
Spending a decade in the club has its perks. While we can't tell you ALL of the confirmed guest contributors, we have a large list of friends and artists we are asking to contribute their two cents to the book. They will range from founders of iconic record labels, producers, DJs, photographers, socialites and models, and other writers who were major contributions to the culture behind bloghouse. THERE WILL BE CELEBS. TRUST US. For those involved, this era was so important and we're so excited to give people a platform to ramble about the niche memories that we love so much.
Getting it printed-
We both have zine printing experience and are using a close family friend's business to print this book. We will be meeting in person in Los Angeles in March to work on the layout.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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