(CelebrityAccess News Service) – Rounder Records is launching Rounder Books – a new division under the Rounder Records Group. Kicking off May, 2004, three new books will be released including Mr. Red Sox – The Johnny Pesky Story (authored by Rounder co-founder Bill Nowlin), The Fenway Project (edited by Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan), and Rhythm & Light (a photography book on Rush drummer Neil Peart, photos by Carrie Nuttall).
Founded in 1970, Rounder Records has become the leader in American roots music. With the launch of Rounder Books, the company will take its musical expertise to the presses, seeking to diversify and expand its business. Rounder co-founder Marian Leighton Levy said, “We have long discussed adding a books division to complement our releases in the music realm – a broad range of books in the area of popular culture is very closely related.”
This past year Rounder enjoyed the launch of Zoë Vision – its new DVD imprint under the Rounder Records Group. Rush In Rio recently debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Music DVD chart and has been certified double platinum. Alison Krauss + Union Station’s Live DVD was also released in 2003 and has been certified platinum. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen