Something that's been in the works for a while, and is finally seeing a release later this month, is Pat Graham's new book "Modest Mouse."
For those of you unfamiliar with the Pat Graham/Modest Mouse story; Pat and Isaac were housemates in 1992, in Washington, DC. Pat first saw the band play in 1996, and was then asked to join them on their first tour of the US in 1997, as a photographer/driver.
For those that are, you'll know that Pat's work has complimented the band for years, from many of the iconic press release photos to album artwork. Many, including myself, regard Pat as an unofficial member of the band, with his camera being his instrument.
When Modest Mouse embarked on there first US tour in 1997 Isaac asked Pat if he wanted to come along. What followed over the next 12 years of touring across the USA, Europe, and Japan was a thrilling collaboration and a lasting friendship. Onstage and 10,000 miles off it, Graham's remarkable photos offer a blunt and beautiful view of the touring life: the broken down vans, overflowing merch tables, adoring fans, blown amps, couches-turned-beds, performance injuries, filthy motel rooms, run-of-the-mill truck-stops, zen moments and breathtaking landscapes, and scores of other sights across almost a decade. With its compelling and candid portraits of the band members and their friends, Graham's camera captures a rare and privileged take on Modest Mouse. Witness to all the highs and the lows of the road, Modest Mouse is a treasure for anyone interested in a backstage view and a deeper understanding of the glory, grit, and grime of rock and roll.
In Pat's words: "The book covers 20 years of the band from the first tour, me and 3 guys, till recent tours, 6 guys, Johnny Marr and 2 tour buses. It's a story of a band from before sat navs, and Facebook..."
The book will begin shipping on October 7 from Amazon. It's hardcover and features approximately 160 pages. For some additional information, check out this interview he's just done with Cool Hunting.
Pat also says that he will be partaking in an AMA on Reddit in the near future, and will be hopefully planning a limited edition of the book. Which may include a zine he and Isaac worked on in 1992 called "Eggtooth", snippets of which can be seen in the book.
Source: Modest Mouse: Pat Graham