The Shaggs were three sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire—Dot, Betty, and Helen Wiggin—who formed a band at the insistence of their father. Their sole, cult-classic 1968 album Philosophy of the World has now been remastered and, on September 9, it’ll be reissued by Light in the Attic. The deluxe LP comes on “Shag Carpet” swirl color vinyl and is packaged with a poster and enamel pin. There are liner notes by Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group, Nuggets curator) and a book featuring unreleased photos.
The reissue will be celebrated with two events. On September 9, a Shaggs tribute show will take place at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Members of the B-52’s, the Monks, Bush Tetras, Dresden Dolls, and more will perform. On September 17, Dot Wiggin will meet fans and sign CDs and albums at Newbury Comics’ Harvard Square location in Boston.
Kurt Cobain named Philosophy of the World one of his favorite albums of all time. Frank Zappa once quipped that the Shaggs were “better than the Beatles.”