FBi Presents :: Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

With the co-operation of McSweeney’s, Faber & Faber and Allen & Unwin, FBi Radio and The Brag presents Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, an evening of music and words raising funds for Sydney Story Factory – and the only way you’ll get to hear Beck’s brand new album.


Josh Pyke, Jonathan Boulet, Dappled Cities, Caitlin Park, Richard In Your Mind, Melodie Nelson, Aidan Roberts (Belles Will Ring), Thomas Rawle (Papa vs Pretty), Brian Campeau and Elana Stone, with vocalists backed by The Green Mohair Suits.

Under the music direction of Brian Campeau, the artists are singing from Beck Hansen’s Song Reader – Beck’s first new album in nearly five years. It’s out in December – not as a record, but as sheet music, and not through a label but through Faber & Faber Australia via McSweeney’s, the infamously brilliant US publishing house founded by author Dave Eggers. With this release, Beck invited fans and musicians the world over to interpret each song however they choose. Sydney took him up on it.

As a celebration of both music and writing, the night will also feature spoken word performances from the ARIA-winning Sarah Blasko and acclaimed actor/writer Brendan Cowell (The Slap, Love My Way, Noise), with DJ sets from Conrad Greenleaf and Adam Lewis (Radiant/FBi Radio).

$25 pre-sale tickets are available through moshtix
All proceeds (including $1 of each booking fee) going to Sydney Story Factory, a non-profit writing centre for marginalised young people that opened in Redfern in July, inspired by Dave Eggers’ 826 National centres.

For more on Sydney Story Factory, visit sydneystoryfactory.org.au or facebook.

Artwork by Matt Roden: mattscribbles.tumblr.com

We have one double pass and signed poster to give away to an FBi Supporter. To enter, email fbipresents@fbiradio.com and tell us the name of your favourite Beck album. You must include your FBi Supporter number.