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Nick Zinner
  • Saturday, February 26, 2011
  • Exploring the Cross-Section of Music and Books: Nick Zinner with Zachary Lipez and Stacy Wakefield
    Please Take Me Off The Guest List
  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Main Stage

Please Take Me Off the Guest List is a multi-media presentation of the new book by Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Zachary Lipez, and Stacy Wakefield. A slideshow of Nick’s photos from the book is accompanied by ambient music played by Nick and Stacy while Zachary reads stories.


Please Take Me Off the Guest List is the latest in a series of creative collaborations by New York City artists and friends Zachary Lipez, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield. Zachary Lipez’s essays recount his adventures as a bartender, drug abuser, bookstore clerk, metal fan, miserable adolescent and relentless skirt chaser. His inimitable voice walks the line between self-loathing and hedonistic delight, and is biting, moving, and extremely funny. Nick Zinner’s photographs evoke the world he travels with his band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. His always present camera documents decadent late nights as well as blissfully fresh sun-dappled landscapes. His images are rich in narrative and unwaveringly optimistic. The book is edited and designed by their longtime collaborator, book artist Stacy Wakefield. The unique structure she has devised for this book presents Zachary’s essays as separate books-within-the-book, while the stories built by the photographs course through and around them. Zachary, Nick, and Stacy have produced three previous books together: No Seats on the Party Car, Slept in Beds, and I Hope You Are All Happy Now.

Nick Zinner plays guitar in the band the three-time Grammy-nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and other collaborative projects. His photos have been exhibited all over the world, including solo shows in Tokyo, Berlin, London, and New York. He lives mostly in New York City.

Zachary Lipez sings in the band Freshkills, tends bar at Beauty Bar Brooklyn, and deejays all over New York City. His writing appears on Vol.1 Brooklyn.

Stacy Wakefield worked as design director for Index magazine, Artforum, and Bookforum. She now lives in the Catskills where she designs art books.