When Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, arts entrepreneur, conflict photographer, and former manager for GRAMMY Award-winning artists like Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse, and Broken Bells, asked acclaimed songwriters with unconventional perspectives to write a children’s story, they worked as songwriters do: building characters, moods, and worlds in a short span of words.

First a limited edition book illustrated by leading artists, Stories for Ways and Means is gaining new dimensions as an audiobook.

Waxploitation Stories for Ways and Means

Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favorite music artists and favorite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a benefit project. Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means.

These stories aren’t exactly child-oriented, but like the best children’s stories they need to be read aloud. Giving these stories voice energizes the wordplay, rhythms, and rhymes that mark these stories, and let you know they were crafted by gifted songwriters.

Listening to the Stories for Ways and Means audiobook with stories that are read aloud by the writers themselves—or by narrators who are also talented artists—it’s easy to feel like a child hearing a favorite aunt or uncle spin tales. Who doesn’t want to have Gary Numan be their uncle?

The audio edition of Stories for Ways Means includes stories by Tom Waits, Gary Numan, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart, Matthew Dear, Spencer Krug, Elliphant, Anna Von Hausswolff, John Vanderslice, Satoshi Matsazuki, Sera Cahoone, Örvar Smárason, and Jason Lytle. Narrators include Lizzo, Ken Nordine, and Lauren Mayberry as well as the writers themselves.

Audiobook tracks drop each Friday beginning March 15, 2019.

Sales of SFWAM help several non-profits benefiting children’s literacy, including Pencils of Promise, Warchild, 826 National, and Room to Read.

More information: Stories for Ways and Means