One of the pleasures of growing up in the vinyl era was the existence of liner notes. These would accompany a record, on the inner or outer sleeve. You might learn where the album was recorded, who worked on it, what kind of guitars, keyboards and microphones were used. Maybe some little, peculiar, backstory to how the album had evolved. Some would include poetry, an essay by a journalist who liked the band, some artwork or even a short story.
Liner notes began to die out with the arrival of the CD, but they were something of a curio for me at the time. I felt let down if a band didn’t include them. Like they weren’t serious about what they were doing. The same went for bands who never scratched little messages in the run off grooves of their records. The blog posts I’ve written while writing this book, I suppose, act like digital liner notes and run off groove messages.
I have written a 1,500 word draft of some “liner notes” for my book. I have no idea if it’ll make the final cut. If it doesn’t, I’ll get it edited and post it here. But, if it does, I’d want it to appear at the end of the book as ephemera. For geeks and nerds only. It’s not anything too weighty, just a little insight into how the book deal came about, how, where and when I wrote, what I found most interesting/difficult/easy during the process and what equipment and tools I used. I don’t know why more authors don’t do it. Same goes for colophons. I want one of them too.
Photo of my (then) mobile journalism kit in 2011 by me.