22 March 2012

Parody Literary Anthem 'Bitches in Bookshops' Is Our Video Of The Week

Parody Literary Anthem 'Bitches in Bookshops' Is Our Video Of The Week

Cast your mind back to the heady summer of 2010, and you may remember a rather unique and patriotic homage to the Welsh town of Newport – Newport State of Mind - in which rapper Alex Warren and singer Terema Wainwright paid homage to their hometown with a parody of Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
 
Well steel yourselves because the same thing is about to happen…this time to Brooklyn bookshops. Taking Jay-Z's track N****s In Paris from his Kanye West collaboration album, and changing the lyrics to suit their own literary devices, performers - and now bookish postergirls - La Shea Delaney and Annabelle Quezada have written and filmed their own parody, entitled: Bitches in Bookshops.
 
Unsurprisingly, the video is making internet-shaped waves, quickly crawling up to viral status – at last check we clocked up 200,000 hits - and looks set to do for independent bookshops what the duo behind Newport State of Mind did for their Welsh hometown.
 
The video, rather expertly filmed we might add, sees the young New York ladiez participating in a spirited stand-off with a group of hipsters outside a Brooklyn bookshop before travelling from bookshop to bookshop and rapping, ad-lib-style, about the joys of literature including Margaret Atwood and Roland Barthes (oh purlease. Look them up). That and an awful lot of plaid.
 
Because we like to think of ourselves as well-read, or at least read, we think it’s the best video of the week. Check out the video below and in the meantime, here are some sample lyrics for your perusal:

‘Animal Farm, Jane Eyre
Barnes & Nobles, Foursquare it
No TV, I read instead
Got lotsa Bills, but not bread
BURROUGHS, GOLDING, SHAKESPEARE – all dead.’
 
Ahem.

by Morwenna Ferrier


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