Stories and illustrations to raise money for children’s literacy.

Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Kathleen Hanna, Bon Iver, Zach Galifianakis, and Danny Devito are just a few of the enormous list of musicians, illustrators and actors contributing to Stories for Ways and Means, a multimedia book project described as “an unprecedented literary mixtape … 10 years in the making,” Rolling Stone reports.

The 350-page book features 30 songwriters and illustrators collaborating on a different story, which will then receive an animated version read by another artist. Though the match-ups are unknown, the project features songwriters Frank Black (Pixies), Matthew Dear, Will Oldham, Gary Numan, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade), Del the Funky Homosapien, Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Joey Bada$$, Laura Marling, John Vanderslice and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. As for voice actors Galifianakis, DeVito, as well as Nick Offerman, King Krule, Lauren Lapkus, Andre Royo and Phil Lamarr.

The project is the creation of Jeff Antebi founder of Waxploitation Records and will benefit children’s literacy non-profits Room To Read and Pencils Of Promise.

The book is due in 2017 though no release date has been set. Watch a trailer for the book below and pre-order it here.



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