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Jack White, Jack Black, fun., More Contribute to Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ Companion Album

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Beck (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Beck (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In 2012, Beck pulled the very Beck-ian move of releasing his newest batch of songs, Song Reader, via a book of sheet music, as opposed to putting out actual recordings of the songs, which has been the norm for a century or so.

The official Song Reader website, which solicited fan-performed versions of the songs, said “Only you can bring Beck Hansen’s Song Reader to life.”

But “you” is a very open term, and now a lot of rather big names — including Beck himself — will be recording their takes of the songs for an audio version of Song Reader.

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The list of contributors to the album include fun., Jack White, Jack Black, Tweedy (the new project by Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, Norah Jones, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and soul music legend Swamp Dogg.


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