There are only a handful of famous people who make a conscious effort to stay as far out of the limelight as possible, and singer Bill Callahan is one of them. His small yet devout group of fans, myself included, will rate this publication to be one of the most exciting this year, as it exposes what really goes on in baritone-wonder Bill Callahan’s home. The result is, unsurprisingly, nothing too odd, and satisfyingly non intrusive or judgmental. We are given juicy glimpses of his piano (that’s his piano!) a peek inside his wardrobe (that’s the shirt he wore in the photo Joanna Newsom took of him!) and an unbelievable shot of a school photo taken when Bill was about seven.
Photographer Chris Taylor is that man to thank for this book, and he should be praised not for simply making a truly beautiful publication, but also for bringing back true fandom — something that, I feel, has been lost a little in current years. If you can’t make a seriously great book about someone you think is fantastic, then what can you make one about?