Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills


Happy New Year. I hope 2018 will be a good 12 months for you and the world. There was certainly some travail in my family's lives in this past year, but who doesn't face hardship in any given year, eh?

It was a good year for Book Of Kills in many respects.

Yeah, I only played one show the whole year and maybe that was the last one I'll ever play. But otherwise more and more folks seemed to be slowly but surely discovering BOK music. Certainly it was the best year ever for interest in the website. It boggles my mind that 306,534 songs were downloaded from this web page in 2016. (I have no way of figuring out precisely how many times BOK songs were streamed or downloaded on pay sites, by the way.)

While I'm on the subject of downloads, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) just reported that in 2017, revenues from streaming services accounted for more than 60 percent of the total market. Digital download sales were way down, but revenues from streaming services were up 50 percent, and across all categories of streaming, the revenue levels were at record highs. According to a Goldman Sachs report from back in August, streaming will help push the recorded music industry to a $41 billion business by 2030. Of course, 90% of musicians with music available for streaming and download will continue to have to be satisfied with revenue measured in pennies but if you're not making music 'cause your heart and soul compels you to, then why are you making music?

I hope to continue to provide interesting live material from years gone past as well as release at least a couple of albums of new/previously unreleased material this year, but who knows where the future will lead us?

Thanks for your continued interest in all things Book of Kills. I hope you'll continue to stream and download the music as well as keep turning on your friends and acquaintances to it. It makes the thousands of hours I've spent writing and recording songs over the last thirty years seem somehow worthwhile. I'm glad that there are folks in this insane plane of existence who enjoy listening.

An interesting day in rock music, this was.

The brilliant Hank Williams died of a pill/alcohol overdose on this day in 1953.

On this day in 1962, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records. Decca A&R man, Dick Rowe turned them down in favor of Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.

The Doors appeared for the first time ever on television on a local Los Angeles station's show called "Shebang".

ABBA (a not-so-secret musical pleasure of mine...yeah...I said it) played their final live show ever on this day in 1982. 

Nirvana signed with Sub Pop on this day in 1989.

"People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain." -- Jim Morrison