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We Were Strangers - Stories Inspired By Unknown Pleasures

    Joy Division are one of the most influential and best-loved bands Britain has produced. Formed in 1976 in Salford, the band developed a unique sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the late-1970s post-punk movement. Their combination of weighty themes and raw, brooding music has impacted on the imagination of countless listeners since 15th June 1979 when Unknown Pleasures was released. It was the only Joy Division album released during lead singer Ian Curtis's lifetime. Curtis suffered from depression and epilepsy and committed suicide in May 1980, aged just 23. The remaining band members re-formed under the name New Order, achieving global success and acclaim.

    We Were Strangers is a new anthology of ten original short stories inspired by Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures. The collection includes new fiction from the award-winning authors Toby Litt (shortlisted for the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award), Jenn Ashworth (winner of the 2010 Betty Trask Award), Nicholas Royle (shortlisted for the inaugural Edge Hill Short Story Prize, 2006), Sophie Mackintosh (winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, the 2016 Stylist/Virago Short Story competition and longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize) and Eley Williams (winner of the 2018 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction).

    The songs which make up Unknown Pleasures are dark and powerful – morose and menacing in both their composition and lyrical content. We Were Strangers, with its eclectic mix of narrative styles, forms and voices, delivers a thoughtful, absorbing and intense response almost 40 years on. The stories range from the bleak and sinister to the moving and thrilling, much like the songs on the album.

    Richard Hirst, Editor says:
    “Ian Curtis’s legacy lies principally in his distinctive lyrics, suggestive as they are of some kind of story, a chronicle of isolation, anguish, biblical conflict and ecstasy, but one whose plot, characters and structure are all lost in the dark and the fog. The listener feels a temptation to shade in between the lines of Curtis’s oblique words and the group’s cavernous melodies, a flame lit in their imagination. What better medium than the short story – a form currently enjoying an uncanny renaissance – to discover what that blaze will illuminate?...The following stories constitute a contemporary literary snapshot of the impact (the) energy (of Unknown Pleasures) has had: what we heard, what it has done for our imaginations, and where it has led us.”


    Tim Burgess

    Tim Book Two

      In 2012, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two - a tale of Tim's lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them.

      In some ways, the biggest events in Tim's life happened in the couple of years after he had finished writing his first book rather than in the forty years before. So he had more to say, but instead of another autobiography he chose a different way of telling the story. Tim set himself a quest. He would get in touch with people he admired, and ask them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick. It would also offer a chance to see how record shops were faring in the digital age - one in which vinyl was still a much-treasured format.

      Tim assembled his cast of characters, from Iggy Pop to Johnny Marr, David Lynch to Cosey Fanni Tutti. Texts, phone calls, emails and handwritten notes went out. Here is the tender, funny and surprising story of what came back.

      Tim Burgess is a singer-songwriter and record label owner, best known as the lead singer of one of the defining bands of the 1990s, The Charlatans.

      Tim was born in Salford but grew up in a village near Northwich, Cheshire. Leaving school at 16 to work at ICI, his real love was music and soon afterwards he was invited to join new band, The Charlatans. They went on to have 3 number 1 albums and 17 top 30 singles. For 12 years, Burgess lived in Los Angeles but now lives back in the UK. 

      The Wire

      Issue 419: January 2019

        Inside this issue:

        2018 Rewind: the year in underground music:

        Releases of the year: We asked our contributors to nominate their top ten records, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes

        Critics’ reflections: Our contributors look back on 2018’s cultural highs and lows

        Black Noise: Reclaiming the racket. By Moor Mother

        Climate Sounds: Blowing hot and cold. By Lewis Gordon

        Minimal Rock: Beat the repeat. By Marc Masters

        Jazz & Protest: Freedom fighters. By Daniel Spicer

        Four/Four: Deconstruction time again. By Chal Ravens

        Columnists’ charts: Our specialist critics select music that rocked their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to the outer limits

        Artists’ reflections: A cast of 2018’s most active movers and shakers shine the spotlight on their cultural year

        Archive releases of the year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up

        Plus:

        Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr: The transatlantic duo document the passage of the black body. By Emily Pothast

        Still House Plants: Lo-fi, post-punk and improv meet in the Glaswegian trio’s music. By Claire Biddles

        Jasmine Guffond: The Berlin based artist bitcrushes herself into oblivion. By Abi Bliss

        Big Joanie: Handclaps and punk praxis drive the London DIY trio. By Claire Sawers

        Global Ear: Brasilia: Artists in the Brazilian capital find private solutions to public problems. By Phil Jones

        Invisible Jukebox: Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore: Will the The Wire’s mystery record selection force the US folk duo to give up the ghost? Tested by Abi Bliss

        The Inner Sleeve: Ectoplasm Girls on Tårtan

        Epiphanies: Vietnamese guitar music sends Elliott Sharp on a fantastic voyage.

        Shindig!

        Issue 86

          Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

          Robert Forster

          Grant & I : Inside And Outside The Go-Betweens - Signed Edition

            The 1980s songwriting partnership of McLennan/ Forster was a little like an Australian Lennon/ McCartney. The pair wrote all the band’s distinctively original material and, like their more famous counterparts, shared the credits and alternated on lead vocals. Grant & I is an extraordinary portrait of an intense, creative, sometimes fraught friendship that represented a genuine meeting of artistic minds.

            In Grant & I, the reader is given a front-row seat at the sessions that produced an incredibly prolific and diverse song catalogue. Just as The Go-Betweens were like no other music group, so this book is like no other music memoir. It is wise and witty, poignant, insightful, self-deprecating and knowledgeable. Robert Forster is as natural a storyteller and prose writer as he is a songwriter, and Grant & I is an unforgettable ride.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Laura says: It took me a while to get around to reading this, but once I started, I couldn't put it down! Although I'm a fan of their music ("Cattle & Cane" is one of my favourite songs of all time) I know very little about the story of The Go-betweens, and it's a great story. As you'd expect, this is a beautifully written and wonderfully evocative tale of friendship and the highs and lows of being in a 'rock'n'roll' band from the end of the 70's, through the rise of indie in the 80's, and beyond. You don't have to be a fan of the band to enjoy this book either, it's just a really enjoyable read, but anyone who grew up in love with Postcard Records, the early days of Rough Trade Records and 80s indie with particularly will love it.

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            Wolfgang Flür

            Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

              Wolfgang Flür was vital cog in the Kraftwerk machine, galvanising the group’s electric drum sound throughout the 1970’s and propelling the rhythmic backbone of iconic albums such as Autobahn and Electric Café.

              I Was A Robot is a detailed, evocative account, written in Flür’s no-nonsense style. It takes us from his youth into the band’s formation and touring of their influential works, laying bare the acrimonious break-up and court cases that later followed. This book is the final word on Kraftwerk, their continued influence and what it felt like to be a Man-Machine.

              ”This is a first-hand account of human life inside the robot factory. A world that I could barely have imagined as a 16-year-old Kraftwerk fan stranded in a suburb on the wrong side of the river from Liverpool. A window into a world that I could never have imagined.” Andy McCluskey, OMD

              ”Kraftwerk is a myth. Wolfgang is for real. Thus handsome elder statesman of Electronic Music gives a lot of useful inside information about the Men-Machines.” Rudi Esch, ELECRI_CITY

              Piccadilly Records

              End Of Year Review 2018

                Back in the day (the late 90s!), confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead. 

                Now over two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now comes packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 10 reissues/collections, Genre charts, staff charts, Celeb charts, and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush perfect bound artwork by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). 
                The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

                This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. 

                Kevin Cummins

                Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain

                  Manchester, its bands, its fashions, its attitude, has defined pop culture for the best part of four decades. Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Oasis. These were the bands that shaped two generations of teenagers and changed the course of pop music.

                  Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain is a portrait of these individuals, the city, and their times. Whether it be on a rain-soaked stage in Brazil, a rented room in Whalley Range, or on the dancefloor of the legendary Hacienda, Kevin Cummins' exquisite photographs capture the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment. This stunning visual record of the city and its pop history is complemented by four textual contributions from Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris. What is it about that city that makes it the Memphis of the UK? Cummins' photographic record of the past 30 years captures the highs, the lows and the transcendent pop moments of Manchester's most famous sons.

                  Will Carruthers

                  Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands

                    I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.

                    Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock 'n' roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough.

                    As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby's finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.

                    Jon Savage

                    England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols & Punk Rock

                      Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anedcote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock'n'roll band and the cultural moment they came to define. The critical reputation of England's Dreaming has grown over the past decade and a half, and now it joins the Faber Modern Classics list. This updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Johnny Marr, an account of the Sex Pistols 1996 reunion, and a comprehensively updated discography.

                      Kim Gordon

                      Girl In A Band

                        There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves.

                        Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

                        Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

                        Beastie Boys Book

                          Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.

                          With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

                          Shindig!

                          Issue 85

                            Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                            Mojo

                            December 2018 - Issue 301

                              LED ZEPPELIN Fifty years young, LZ treat MOJO to all-new interviews and unpublished pics. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones on the highs, the lows, the legacy, the jardinière – all this and Jason Bonham on his dad, the O2, and the aftermath.

                              COVERMOUNT CD: BLACK WATER SIDES Inspired by Led Zeppelin’s acoustic interludes, we select fifteen tracks of atmospheric folk and blues guitar from the ’70s till now, featuring Bert Jansch, Ryley Walker, Roy Harper, Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman and more.

                              BOB DYLAN What did Norman Raeben teach the Bard of Hibbing and how did it turn into Blood On The Tracks? Michael Simmons investigates.

                              KURT VILE On the job with the rambling poet of US indie rock who makes everyone feel they’d rather be in Philadelphia.

                              THE KINKS Step inside one of English pop’s great masterpieces, with the men who made it. But don’t mention Britpop, alright?

                              LAMONT DOZIER How sneaky nights at the “No-Tell Motel” fuelled the Motown songmaster’s best ideas, before Berry Gordy turned the heat up too high.

                              THE HOUSE OF LOVE They were ’80s indie’s great hopes, until the madness. But there was an upside: “Stadium success would have killed us all.”

                              Graham Jones

                              The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

                                ‘The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why more than a hundred more record shops have opened since 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufactures, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are among the many who have benefited from their efforts.

                                Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country.

                                Intriguing anecdotes include:
                                ** The shop manager who sold his vinyl collection to save his life.
                                ** Record shop owner wins £148,000,000 and sets up his dream shop.
                                ** The shop where John Lennon cried.
                                ** How an international rock star was mistaken for a motor vehicle.
                                ** Rock star offers to be best man after a proposal of marriage takes place in a record shop.
                                ** The shop where a customer saves the day by giving world famous band a lift to the stadium in his Ford Focus.
                                ** The record shop who attracted a huge crowd for a signing by world famous soul singer only for him to send one of his backing singers to fill in for him.
                                ** The Buckinghamshire record shop who pretended they were in Yorkshire.
                                ** The record shop blown up by a bomb.
                                ** The shop owner who sold his house to buy more vinyl.

                                Brix Smith Start

                                The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise

                                  The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start.

                                  Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world – This Nation's Saving Grace, The Wonderful and Frightening World Of ... – Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E. Smith.

                                  But Brix's story is much more than rock 'n' roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.

                                  What emerges is a story of constant reinvention, jubilant highs and depressive ebbs; a singular journey of a teenage American girl on a collision course with English radicalism on her way to mid-life success on TV and in fashion.

                                  Too bizarre, extreme and unlikely to exist in the pages of fiction, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise could only exist in the pages of a memoir.

                                  Erased Tapes

                                  Solo Piano - Sheet Music Book

                                    A collection of twenty newly-arranged scores published for the first time and presented alongside bespoke programme notes from Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths.

                                    From Ólafur Arnalds’ 0040 through to recent songs from ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Solo Piano offers an engaging chronological survey of the label’s first ten years.

                                    Ugly Things

                                    Issue #48 Summer / Fall 2018

                                      In this issue (and on the cover), cool and colossal cover stories on West Coast psychedelic garage monsters THE OTHER HALF (featuring future Blue Cheer guitarist Randy Holden), and—dig this—ELVIS PRESLEY—a reappraisal of the King’s music complete with rare photos and interview quotes from people who were there when it all went down. Also in this issue: expansive interviews with TREVOR WHITE (the Jook, Sparks, Radio Stars), MARC JONSON (about his incredible cult classic album YEARS), DENNY CARLETON of THE CHOIR, and JACKIE McAULEY (Them, Belfast Gypsies, Trader Horne). Plus: Indiana ‘60s garage combo THE OLIVERS, obscure pre-DOA Canuck punks THE SKULLS, a closer look at the making of MOBY GRAPE’s Truly Fine Citizen album, Cyril Jordan’s FLAMIN’ GROOVIES tales, and more. Not to mention our insightful reviews of reissues and rock-related books.

                                      Laurence Cane-Honeysett

                                      The Story Of Trojan Records

                                        Founded in 1968, as part of a deal with Island Records, Trojan's mission was to bring Jamaican music to the world.

                                        Over the subsequent half a century it has done just that, releasing many of the defining albums of ska, rocksteady, dub and reggae from artists including The Upsetters, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as the hugely popular Tighten Up! compilations.

                                        The Story of Trojan Records is the definitive history of the label and a landmark publication for reggae enthusiasts.

                                        About the author:
                                        A former illustrator, musician and journalist, LAURENCE CANE-HONEYSETT joined Trojan Records in the early 1990s, since which time he has worked for the company in almost every capacity, from archivist and official historian to label manager. He has written definitive articles on some of Jamaican music’s greatest stars and penned essays for over 500 music collections.

                                        Shindig!

                                        Issue 82

                                          Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.
                                          Available version

                                          Into the darkness, the early days. In this issue, we look at how four working class lads from the tough Aston district of Birmingham defined heavy metal and brought the Dark Side to the masses.

                                          Shindig!

                                          Issue 56

                                            Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                                            Shindig!

                                            Issue 81

                                              Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                                              Lizzy Goodman

                                              Meet Me In The Bathroom

                                                New York, 2001. 9/11 plunges the US into a state of war and political volatility—and heralds the rebirth of the city’s rock scene. As the old-guard music industry crumbles, a group of iconoclastic bands suddenly become the voice of a generation desperately in need of an anthem.

                                                In this fascinating and vibrant oral history, acclaimed journalist Lizzy Goodman charts New York’s explosive musical transformation in the early 2000s. Drawing on over 200 original interviews, Goodman follows the meteoric rise of the artists that revolutionised the cultural landscape and made Brooklyn the hipster capital of cool—including The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, and Vampire Weekend.

                                                Joining the ranks of classics like Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Meet Me in the Bathroom is the definitive account of an iconic era in rock-and-roll.

                                                Viv Albertine

                                                To Throw Away Unopened

                                                  What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.

                                                  Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.

                                                  To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.

                                                  Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

                                                  Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

                                                  All Gates Open - The Story Of Can

                                                    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN. It consists of two books.

                                                    In Book One, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of what would come to be called the Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. With Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay - two classically trained students of Stockhausen - at the heart of the band, CAN's studio and live performances burned an incendiary trail through the decade that followed: and left a legacy that is still reverberating today in hip hop, post rock, ambient, and countless other genres. Rob Young's account draws on unique interviews with all founding members of CAN, as well as their vocalists, friends and music industry associates. And he revisits the music, which is still deliriously innovative and unclassifiable more than four decades on. All Gates Open is a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

                                                    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band drawing on interviews that Irmin made with musicians who see CAN as an influence - such as Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Daniel Miller, and many others. There are also interviews with artists and filmmakers like Wim Wenders and John Malkovitch, where Schmidt reflects on more personal matters and his work with film. Extracts of Schmidt's notebook and diaries from 2013-14 are also reproduced as a reflection on the creative process, and the memories, dreams, and epiphanies it entails. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that have inspired several generations of musicians and filmmakers in the voices of the artists themselves.

                                                    CAN were unique, and their legacy is articulated in two books in this volume with the depth, rigour, originality, and intensity associated with the band itself. It is illustrated throughout with previously unseen art, photographs, and ephemera from the band's archive.

                                                    Shindig!

                                                    Issue 79

                                                      Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                                                      Garth Cartwright

                                                      Going For A Song

                                                        The in-depth history of the rise, fall and rise of the independent record shop in the UK. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Garth Cartwright conducted 100+ interviews with many record shop pioneers, noted musicians and record collectors. Utilising comprehensive research, Cartwright traces record retail history across a century of unprecedented social, cultural and political change.

                                                        With foreword by Stewart Lee

                                                        From market traders selling music hall 78s via HMV's gloved classical emporium through Soho's post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk scene to mods hungry for imported ska and soul 45s, Going For A Song documents how popular music and youth fashions took shape around influential record shops. Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool's NEMS shops, utilises his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. Psychedelia's golden dawn is overseen at Mayfair's One Stop (Jimi Hendrix's being a regular) while A Clockwork Orange is filmed in the Chelsea Drug Store. The '70’s finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail. Rough Trade and Small Wonder launch punk record labels from within their respective shops. Disco and reggae, techno and dubstep, are all shaped by visionary record shops. Then, at the dawn of this century, hundreds of record shops crash. From these ruins rise independent shops surfing the vinyl revival and Record Store Day.

                                                        Never before published research documents how a young Bob Dylan records in the basement of a Soho shop while David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Danny Baker and Pete Burns all first entered the music industry via working in record shops. Here friendships were forged, knowledge shared, bands formed and history shaped.

                                                        Shindig!

                                                        Issue 58

                                                          Shindig #58 pays attention to a.o. Yardbirds, Uther Pendragon (psychedelic guitar mangling in the '70s), The Grumbleweeds (the UK TV stars early pop outings), The Equals (maximum R&B meets mainstream pop success), Lenny Kaye (the writer, guitarist and 'Nuggets'-curator speaks), The Jolt (the Scottish mod-punk nearly men), Fraternity Of Man (more than just friends of Zappa and Beefheart) and of course you may expect all the usual sections and reviews.

                                                          Shindig!

                                                          Issue 77

                                                            Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                                                            Shindig!

                                                            Issue 76

                                                              Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.

                                                              Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

                                                              Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto From Musicians And Fans

                                                                "It's the ritual element of it. It's running your finger down the side of the record, trying to open the plastic wrap, and then pulling it out, seeing if there is an inner sleeve, hoping for a gatefold. Nowadays, you just walk over to your computer, you click three times, and you have 140,000 songs at your fingertips. Vinyl was just a different kind of thing - and it still is." - Lars Ulrich, Metallica

                                                                In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival.

                                                                Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

                                                                Why Vinyl Matters is part history, part future forecasting, part nostalgia and all celebration. A collection of more than 25 interviews, all illustrated with photos, sidebars, quotes, album covers, outtakes and much more. This is the book for anyone who has ever gone to the store and bought music on vinyl.

                                                                Includes interviews with: Fat Boy Slim; Tim Burgess (Charlatans); Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian); Gaz Coombes (Supergrass); Lars Ulrich (Metallica); Maxi Jazz (Faithless); Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival); Clint Boone (Inspiral Carpets); Mike Ness (Social Distortion); Chief Xcel (Blackalicious); Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5); Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer, visual artist); Fat Mike (NOFX); Julia Ruzicka (Future of the Left); Steve Hackett (Genesis); Nick Hornby.

                                                                Brian Belle-Fortune

                                                                All Crews

                                                                  The All Crews book is over ten years of journeys through jungle / drum & bass music and features interviews with all the top artists. However, author Brian Belle-Fortune also delves deeper and looks at the pirate radio stations, labels, crews, promoters and ravers that form the backbone of the scene.

                                                                  Initially published in 1999 as All Crew Muss Big Up, it was considered the definitive snapshot of jungle’s earliest years but quickly went out of print and became cult reading. Reprinted in 2004, All Crews not only features the original text but also an extensive update.

                                                                  All Crews has also been translated into Russian and Italian.

                                                                  Since graduating from Sussex University in 1994, Brian Belle-Fortune conceived and co-produced One in the Jungle, Britain’s first national Jungle program for BBC Radio One.

                                                                  His TV credits include BBC South, Channel 4 and MTV where he specialised in underground youth culture, particularly Jungle.




                                                                  Aubrey Powell

                                                                  Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art - The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue

                                                                    The complete, definitive and never-before-published catalogue of Hipgnosis, Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art finally does justice to the work of the most important design collective in music history, which, according to Roddy Bogawa, director of the documentary Taken by Storm (2011), ‘designed half your record collection’.

                                                                    Founded in 1967 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Peter Christopherson, Hipgnosis gained legendary status in graphic design, transforming the look of album art forever and winning five Grammy nominations for package design.

                                                                    Their revolutionary cover art moved away from the conventional group shots favoured by record companies of the day, resulting in the ground-breaking, often surreal designs which define the albums of many of the biggest names in the history of popular music: 10cc, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name but a few.

                                                                    Arranged chronologically, Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art features stunning reproductions of every single Hipgnosis cover – 372 in total – coupled with detailed information by Po and Storm Thorgerson on the artworks and the compelling stories behind their creation. Additional contributions by Peter Gabriel, Marcus Bradbury, and Pentagram’s Harry Pearce provide engrossing insights into the way these incredible artworks came into being; place the covers in context; and reflect on their enduring impact on album design.

                                                                    Terry Burrows

                                                                    Mute - A Visual Document

                                                                      Daniel Miller created Mute Records to release his debut single (‘Warm Leatherette’/’T.V.O.D’), a pioneering electronic sound with a defiantly DIY attitude. Mute quickly established a reputation for releasing cutting-edge, chart-topping music and through the music of its community of artists – ranging from Fad Gadget, Moby, Can, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten to Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Laibach, Goldfrapp, Liars and Ben Frost – it has had an incalculable impact on popular music for four decades.

                                                                      Mute: A Visual Document is packed with stunning artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen – from the Mute Archives and Daniel Miller’s personal archives, including photography and video stills from legendary photographers, conceptual artworks, rare ephemera and equipment.

                                                                      Comprehensive discographies, a family tree of Mute artists, an extensive introduction and commentary by Daniel Miller, who has curated the materials for the book, plus anecdotal and photographic contributions from key figures in the label’s story, including Moby, Alison Goldfrapp, Anton Corbijn, Bleddyn Butcher, Brian Griffin, Jon Spencer, Barry Adamson, Ivan Novak, Angus Andrew, Adrian Shaughnessy, Tom Hingston, make this book the definitive chronicle of the label.

                                                                      Electronic Sound magazine's Book of the Year.

                                                                      Nick Soulsby

                                                                      We Sing A New Language: The Oral Discography Of Thurston Moore

                                                                        We Sing A New Language is the first definitive account of Thurston Moore's work across many hundreds of collaborations, solo recordings and guest appearances. While his long tenure in Sonic Youth speaks for itself, his friends and colleagues reveal his other achievements, collecting a wide variety of creative enterprises whose unifying thread is Thurston Moore's passionate devotion to music.

                                                                        Spanning 1978 to the present day, Nick Soulsby's book invites the reader inside the creative process, capturing each key shift and development in Moore's work from his time with Glenn Branca's guitar orchestras to his wholehearted embrace of free jazz in the mid-nineties.

                                                                        The polar opposite of those that calcify their young fame into a tired monument, Thurston Moore has allowed himself to remain creative and innovative; keen to experiment, willing to relinquish control and unafraid to take chances. It's a unique achievement and one that finds worthy celebration in We Sing A New Language.

                                                                        Johnny Rogan

                                                                        The Byrds - Requiem For The Timeless: Volume 2

                                                                          One of the most ambitious and expansive rock biographies ever written, Requiem For The Timeless, Volume 2 continues this epic study of the Byrds. Rogan’s previous Byrds book was highly acclaimed (“This is at least the best biography of a group ever written” Q).

                                                                          The second volume focuses on the solo careers of the deceased members of the band, including co-founder and songwriter Gene Clark, cult figure Gram Parsons and the acclaimed guitarist Clarence White. Taken as a whole, these obituaries confirm that the Byrds were not simply a legendary group but something closer to a movement that defined LA rock.

                                                                          Dick Porter

                                                                          Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps

                                                                            Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group.

                                                                            In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps also sees the Cramps' story through to its conclusion, recounting Lux's unexpected death in 2009, the subsequent dissolution of the group and their enduring legacy. The Cramps' history, influences and the cast of characters in and around the group are likewise explored in far greater depth. Features unseen first-hand interview material from Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. A wealth of new interview material with former band members and other key players in the band's history and never before seen/rare photographs and ephemera to help illustrate the book.

                                                                            Kris Needs

                                                                            Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story

                                                                              “We were living through the realities of war and bringing the war onto the stage... Everybody hated us, man” Alan Vega

                                                                              Born out of the city's vibrant artistic underground as a counter-cultural performance art statement, opposing the war by mirroring its turmoil, Suicide became the most terrifyingly iconoclastic band in history, and also one of the most influential. By the time the punk scene they're usually associated with came out of CBGBs in the mid-seventies, Suicide had already been causing havoc in New York’s clubs for several years.

                                                                              Working closely with the author, Rev and Vega explain the influences and events which led to the birth of Suicide and their early struggles. They invoke another world and era, peppered with smoky jazz clubs, Iggy Pop in his new-born Stooge persona and even suffer an attack from beat guru Allen Ginsberg.

                                                                              Along with interviewing major figures in the Suicide story, the author reaches back into 40 years chronicling and interviewing major players in New York’s musical history, including Blondie, Jayne County, James Chance and the New York Dolls. While the city changes around them, it all adds up to the definitive account of the lives and times of this unique duo.

                                                                              Barry Miles & Chris Charlesworth

                                                                              David Bowie Black Book

                                                                                Back in print due to popular demand; the David Bowie Black Book remains one of the most elegant books about the iconic superstar ever to have been published.

                                                                                Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer, Pierce Marchbank, and with text written by former NME journalist and cultural commentator, Barry Miles, the David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best-selling Bowie book.

                                                                                Mick Middles & Lindsay Reade

                                                                                Torn Apart: The Life Of Ian Curtis

                                                                                  Cloaked in mystique, Joy Division's extraordinary vocalist Ian Curtis tragically took his own life in 1980, leaving just two haunting albums and a depleted band that would famously evolve into New Order. This title talks about Ian Curtis.

                                                                                  Ian Tilton & Claire Caldwell

                                                                                  Set In Stone - Ian Tilton's Stone Roses Photographs

                                                                                    THE STONE ROSES - The legendary band that helped define the exuberant mood of the ‘MADchester’ movement in the late 1980′s. They gave some unforgettable performances, released two albums and eventually split in 1996. Photographer IAN TILTON knew them from the beginning and was along for the ride. His pictures document every key moment in the hectic first life of the band that was eventually to reunite at the end of 2011.

                                                                                    From their first TV appearance to the famous Spike Island gig, Tilton’s iconic images caught the spirit of the band and the flavour of the times. The best of those vibrant pictures, over 400 including some never before published, have been collected together in ‘SET IN STONE – Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs’ along with comprehensive background notes to each photo shoot.

                                                                                    Rudi Esch

                                                                                    Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music

                                                                                      Just like Memphis for Rock'n'Roll, Dusseldorf is regarded as the Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the centre of an analog electronic movement which changed the course of all popular music to come.

                                                                                      Electri_City is the oral account of the city's most influential bands, including Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Die Krupps and many more. This history uncovers the myths and reality of the bands emerging from the artistic backdrop of a wealthy, modern, post-WWII German city; the conditions that fostered such a creative explosion.

                                                                                      Interviews include Daniel Miller (Mute Records), Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey (OMD), Martyn Ware (Human League), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Rusty Egan (Visage) Ryuichi Sakamoto and producer, Giorgio Moroder.

                                                                                      Shindig!

                                                                                      Issue 74

                                                                                        Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.



                                                                                        Shindig!

                                                                                        Issue 73

                                                                                          Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.




                                                                                          Shindig!

                                                                                          Issue 72

                                                                                            Shindig! is an eclectic cornucopia overflowing with obscure TV and film, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, folk rock, progressive rock, funk and soul. Contributions from its team of international expert writers ensure that new and intriguing tales about influential artists fill every issue. Shindig has established itself as a cutting edge forum and critique of the glories of 60s and 70s music, film and culture.
                                                                                            Available version

                                                                                            Into the darkness, the early days. In this issue, we look at how four working class lads from the tough Aston district of Birmingham defined heavy metal and brought the Dark Side to the masses.

                                                                                            Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker

                                                                                            Freedom, Rhythm & Sound - Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1965-80

                                                                                              This heavyweight deluxe hardback book is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83, compiled by Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker, founder of Soul Jazz Records. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to revolutionary jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic. Concurrent with the emergence of the counter culture and underground rock movement in the 1960s and years before the DIY cultural revolution of punk in the 1970s, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago and others 'took control' of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves. The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet, these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical. 'Freedom, Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83' is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music. The book includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.

                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                              Paperback Book Info: a new flexibound paperback edition of their long out of print ground-breaking deluxe art book.

                                                                                              Ian Shirley

                                                                                              Turn Up The Strobe: The Klf, The Jams, The Timelords - A History

                                                                                                During a ten year period bridging the 1980s and 1990s, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty created pop masterpieces at a prodigious pace, leaving behind a body of work unlike anything created before or since. From international hit singles and legal wrangles with ABBA to mysterious rituals conducted on far-flung corners of the British Isles & abandoned road movies, the duo questioned, accused & entertained in equal measure. Never before had one band possessed the power or inclination to excite high street nightclubs & the contemporary art world simultaneously. Turn Up The Strobe tells the story of two of the Twentieth Century’s most vital artists, and those who understood them. A story of success, fear, ego, power, graffiti, house music, independence, control, disaster, the Roland TR-808, love, sheep, marketing, God, death, 12” vinyl records, escape, freedom, populism, a Ford Galaxie & the money & fame all of these things attract. Exploring the making of the men, the work they embarked on & the people who helped them realise it, Turn Up The Strobe is the first in-depth history of The KLF, packed with new and exclusive interviews, illuminating research and insightful commentary. Ian Shirley respectfully charts the journey from youthful adventures in pop music and elsewhere towards the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, The Timelords and the chart-topping monster The KLF became.

                                                                                                John Dwyer

                                                                                                Exploded Globes : An Annotated Collection Of Posters 1999-2016

                                                                                                  For the very first Castle Face book — a selection from the dusty vaults of John Dwyer’s prodigious poster output! Bold, brash, lovingly imperfect prints embellished with some stories of the nights in question as told by the man himself…don’t miss out on this or your coffee table will never forgive you. From the introduction: “In this book, in no particular order, are the handbills, fliers and posters I’ve made since 1999 or so to present.

                                                                                                  The style doesn’t vary all that much…similar content…but I think I’ve gotten slowly better over all these years…I’m still a bit too impatient of a person to make “perfect” prints…but I think part of that is my style: a mess sometimes. Nothing wrong with that. I’m really not a huge fan of the typical rock poster. It can be a tedious format to look at, especially after years of playing shows and a million posters, so I try to make something from a bit of a different place. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy, maybe you were at one of these shows? Maybe you thought, who made this shit poster? It was me.” —John Dwyer

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Hardback Book Info: In hardcover, casewrapped in crimson cloth with gold foil lettering, so it looks nice on your shelf.

                                                                                                  Shindig!

                                                                                                  Issue 68

                                                                                                    Fifty years ago the outlook of the young was full of positivity – just listen to the pop music being made that spring. The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’ was a #1 smash – and it was the record that dislodged The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ from the Billboard Hot 100. Bright, breezy, romantic: the sound of bottled sunshine. For a brief moment everything was carefree.Two years earlier, as The Crossfires, the group were peddling surf music before changing name and embracing a heavy fringed, folk-rock protest sound. Many readers of this publication may well prefer the jagged garage-punk punch of 1965 B-side ‘Almost There’ to the band’s softer ’67 side, but I urge you to read Mike Fornatale’s study of The Turtles’ pop reinvention if uncertain. How many acts could bridge the commercial with the insane? ‘Rugs Of Woods And Flowers’ what was that about? Could pop get any purer than ‘Happy Together’? Here were a band that could sweeten The Lovin’ Spoonful’s recipe for pop smashes and out-weird The Mothers Of Invention, all at the same time.

                                                                                                    Shindig!

                                                                                                    Issue 69

                                                                                                      So, Paul Osborne and I went out to Paul Weller’s studio… and I met my childhood hero. Weller was a top host and a great interview. You can read the results in this issue. A reader told me at the last Shindig! night how covering someone so intrinsically influential on so many of us of a certain age was a brilliant, and somewhat daring move… as was covering Broadcast, all those years ago. It’ll be great to know what you think about this. Preferably after you have read the piece.
                                                                                                      Shindig! issue #69 has come out somewhat mod with Steve Marriott, Steve Ellis and more. About time too I hear many of you say. Enjoy.

                                                                                                      Ben Blackwell

                                                                                                      Blue Series Book

                                                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                        Blue Series Book by Ben Blackwell signed by Blackwell plus a 7” of unreleased Blue Series songs on blue vinyl - quantity 500 (300 at TMR shops exclusively) - £55
                                                                                                        Covers the often-hidden inner workings of TMR's Blue Series, a full production process with spontaneous recording sessions in Nashville, TN starting in 2009. 282 pages - full color magic with unseen photos, interviews with Jack, Ben, artists + more.

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

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                                                                                                        Chris Hewitt

                                                                                                        Martin Hannett, His Equipment And Strawberry Studios

                                                                                                          This 175 page A4 sized new book covers Martin Hannett and the equipment he used for producing sounds with Joy Division and early New Order plus for Happy Mondays, Buzzcocks, Nico, Magazine, Stone Roses and U2. It also covers Strawberry Studios which was opened and initially used by 10CC for their best albums and singles and block booked by Factory and Hannett from 1979 for many of the post punk recordings. There’s also a section on Hannett and Tosh Ryan's Rabid Records and Absurd Records, which were an influence on Tony Wilson of Factory Records.

                                                                                                          The book was conceived originally as a companion book, about Martin Hannett’s equipment, to Chris Hewitt’s other book “Martin Hannett - Pleasures of The Unknown” and the DVD “Martin Hannett - He wasn’t just the 5th member of Joy Division”. As material was being collected for this second book on Hannett, the project expanded to include a lot about his work at Strawberry Studios, Stockport and subsequently a section about Strawberry Studios in the years before Martin Hannett started to hire the place and then another section developed about the Rabid Records HQ on Cotton Lane in Withington, Manchester. Rabid was probably the first punk label to put bands into Strawberry Studios. If Rabid and Factory couldn’t afford to record the whole session at Strawberry Studios then they would use Pennine in Oldham and Cargo in Rochdale. Martin Hannett would bring the tapes to Strawberry for final mixing.

                                                                                                          The headstone at Martin Hannett’s grave in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery states “Creator of The Manchester Sound”. He certainly created the Manchester punk / post punk sound and a lot of that he created in Strawberry with his array of electronic toys shown in this book. You could also credit Strawberry Studios with creating the earlier pre-punk Manchester sound. Graham Gouldman obviously wrote material for Herman’s Hermits / The Hollies, Eric Stewart was a Mindbender and when they recorded as Hotlegs and then 10cc they clearly put Manchester on the map and the studio was also used pre-punk by Manchester area bands like Barclay James Harvest and Sad Cafe. The common thread running through Strawberry Studios operation, Factory Records operation, Martin Hannett and Tosh Ryan’s Rabid / Absurd Record labels operation, was that they all believed that bands and the music industry should not have to go off to London to record and put records out. They believed in the bands from Greater Manchester towns as a force to be reckoned with and wanted to create a Manchester-based music industry. As 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Strawberry Studios and the 40th of Rabid Records we can be thankful that these musical pioneers in Manchester Rock laid those foundation stones

                                                                                                          Jon Savage

                                                                                                          1966: The Year The Decade Exploded

                                                                                                            The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics -- often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature -- the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. The 7 inch single outsold the long-player for the final time. It was the year in which the ever lasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.

                                                                                                            Jon Savage's 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future of the balance of the century. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            Hardback Book Info: Hardback, 672 pages, 15.2 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm.

                                                                                                            Jim Linderman

                                                                                                            The Birth Of Rock And Roll

                                                                                                              Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit, if not the chronology, of rock and roll. Poetically, the photos evoke without naming, and have little to do with conventional iconography of the birth of rock and roll. Instead they document, and celebrate, the pure but indefinable essence of rock. Wherever there is an urge to make acoustic or electric music—whether helping at a rent party, busking in front of a crowd, or testifying in the name of Jesus—there’s an uncredited photographer there to snap an image. Thankfully Jim Linderman has shared these one-of-a-kind photos from his collection so we can explore one of the most transformative times for American music.

                                                                                                              “We have this notion that rock ’n’ roll started in Memphis in 1955, and it really didn’t. Bob Wills was playing in the ’30s and ’40s in Oklahoma, and Chuck Berry modeled ‘Maybellene’ on a Bob Wills song. The roots of rock go back a lot further than we realize. It came from the church, from vaudeville, from the music played in after-hours clubs, from juke joints. Some of it came from Ireland. It’s such a conglomeration, and that diversity is the real back story of rock ’n’ roll. Without any trouble at all, I was able to include people of all races in this book. I was able to show the melting pot in America, which came together to create this phenomenon. I was especially happy to be able to include so many women performers, because they never got their due. Which is why we don’t know who they are now. I love being able to illustrate how broad the music used to be, because now it’s so narrow and pigeonholed. It seems we’ve lost some of the breadth that used to be there.” – Jim Linderman speaking to Lisa Hix, Collectors Weekly

                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                              Hardback Book Info: Description: Photographs from the collection of Jim Linderman plus a conversation with Joe Bonomo
                                                                                                              Hardcover book with 134 photographs
                                                                                                              Size: 160 pages, 12″ x 9.75″ format

                                                                                                              Gwen & Michael Riley Jones

                                                                                                              The Piccadilly Records Book

                                                                                                                Celebrating 25 years as Manchester’s leading independent record shop, this book asks ‘What makes Piccadilly Records so special?’

                                                                                                                Whilst music is the heart of Piccadilly Records, the soul is most definitely the people.

                                                                                                                Self-published by Piccadilly Records’ Michael and Gwen Riley Jones, this photo-book is a celebration of people, place and music.

                                                                                                                Alongside current and ex-staff, the book features a host of Manchester musicians and DJs including Johnny Marr, Marc Riley, Tim Burgess and Duncan Wallis (of Dutch Uncles) and regular customers, all of whom have played an integral role in the history of the shop.

                                                                                                                ‘This book is a testament to the Piccadilly Records attitude to business. It’s not about just the staff who work there or the ‘pop’ stars and DJs that pass through. It’s about the music lovers that come in on a regular basis putting money through the tills and buying all those inspiring albums.” Richard Hector-Jones

                                                                                                                Simon Reynolds

                                                                                                                Shock And Awe

                                                                                                                  As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds explores this most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. Bolan, Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Slade, Roxy Music, Iggy, Lou Reed, Be Bop Deluxe, David Essex -- all are represented here. Reynolds charts the retro future sounds, outrageous styles and gender-fluid sexual politics that came to define the first half of the seventies and brings it right up to date with a final chapter on glam in hip hop, Lady Gaga, and the aftershocks of David Bowie's death.

                                                                                                                  Shock and Awe is a defining work and another classic in the Faber Social rock n roll canon to stand alongside Rip it Up, Electric Eden and Yeah Yeah Yeah.

                                                                                                                  Mike Love

                                                                                                                  Good Vibrations

                                                                                                                    Mike Love is a founding member, lyricist and vocalist of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four #1 hits. Love has been the lead singer of the group one of its principal lyricists since its inception in 1961.

                                                                                                                    In Good Vibrations, Mike Love tells the unique story of his legendary, chaotic, and ultimately triumphant five-decade tenure as the front man of The Beach Boys, from their Californian roots to international fame.

                                                                                                                    Mike Love's credits include such pop classics as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "I Get Around," "Fun Fun Fun," and "Kokomo."

                                                                                                                    Julian Cope

                                                                                                                    Copendium

                                                                                                                      Eschewing the usual criteria of chart success or acknowledged influence, the Copendium - a collection of album reviews and themed track samplers - takes energy, originality and heaviness as its bearings. The result is a feast of obscure and neglected masterworks that together form a surprising but entirely credible new tradition. Krautrock, motorik and post-punk, stoner and doom metal, occasionally even jazz, spoken word and hair metal: they are all represented in a wholly persuasive sequence.

                                                                                                                      Cope is the perfect guide to this novel terrain: impeccably informed, passionate, insightful and deeply funny. The Copendium is his re-imagining of a useful canon of popular music, and it is set to become required reading.

                                                                                                                      Pitchfork Review

                                                                                                                      Issue #2 - W/ Free 7" (Inc. Unreleased Kurt Vile Track)

                                                                                                                        Pitchfork continues our venture into print with Issue 2 of The Pitchfork Review. We’re proud to present the second edition of our perfect-bound quarterly music publication, combining new long-form feature stories, photography, illustrations and other ephemera with selected recent pieces from Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                        With contributions from the Pitchfork staff and edited by J.C. Gabel of Stop Smiling and The Chicagoan, The Pitchfork Review is designed and conceptualized inhouse, and printed locally in Chicago. This beautifully designed, limited-run publication on high quality paper stock is meant to be kept on your shelf and read and enjoyed over the long term. While we remain committed to covering the world of independent music and beyond, as well as innovating in the digital sphere, we’ve always been huge fans of the print medium. The Pitchfork Review allows us to extend our passion for music, images, and storytelling into a new arena.

                                                                                                                        Highlights from Issue 2 include:
                                                                                                                        • An appreciation of Ellen Willis
                                                                                                                        • David Toop's unpublished profile on Kate Bush
                                                                                                                        • Michael A. Gonzales on gangsta rap after being shot
                                                                                                                        • A photo essay from Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler
                                                                                                                        • Comics and Illustrations galore from Kate Prior, Aisha Franz, Johnny Sampson, and others.
                                                                                                                        • A limited-edition 7-inch of unreleased music from Kurt Vile and the Lovetones & Watery Love
                                                                                                                        • And much more!

                                                                                                                        Johnny Marr

                                                                                                                        Set The Boy Free

                                                                                                                          The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths. 

                                                                                                                          An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. 

                                                                                                                          Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. 

                                                                                                                          Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

                                                                                                                          Everett True

                                                                                                                          The Electrical Storm

                                                                                                                            My name is Everett True. You may not know who I am, so I will attempt to introduce myself. I released the first record on Creation Records, and then fell out heavily with the label’s founder Alan McGee—so heavily in fact that he was in denial for 30 years he ever released a brace of records by me.

                                                                                                                            I was the first music critic to write about Sub Pop Records, and to this day do not understand why Tad and Dickless didn’t get to be the biggest bands on the planet. Entertainment Weekly reckoned I was “the man who discovered grunge” (1992) but that would imply that I lifted up a rock and there it was underneath, scuttling

                                                                                                                            busy. Kurt Cobain called me the “biggest rock star critic in the world”, but he was being sarcastic doubtless. Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev called me “our generation’s Lester Bangs,” but frankly I’m better than that. I founded two self-published magazines in the 2000s—Careless Talks Costs
                                                                                                                            Lives and Plan B Magazine. One sold enough to keep several of us off the dole for several years, the other didn’t. Both were fantastic, mostly down to other contributors aside from me. =

                                                                                                                            I have written several books, a couple of which are still in print (the ones on the Ramones and Nirvana). The Electrical Storm (illustrations by reclusive French genius Vincent Vanoli) is a collection of stories from my life. A collection of short stories, with the names often omitted because I am intrigued as to whether they stand up without a famous name attached. If you think about them enough, mostly it is obvious who they are about.

                                                                                                                            I have long been a proponent of DIY culture and so, rather than going for the big bucks, I crowdfunded the book via Indiegogo.

                                                                                                                            Otherwise known as Grunge: My Part in its Downfall, being an attempt to recollect a life probably best forgotten, the life of Everett True. Sad racy stories. Downbeat enthusiasm. Funny, cruel, clever, brutally honest ... once you’ve read this, you will never be able to take music criticism seriously again. Like you ever did.

                                                                                                                            Graham Jones

                                                                                                                            Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? - New Edition 2014

                                                                                                                              The book ‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?’ is the story of how the UK went from having over 2000 independent record shops in the 1980's to just 269 by 2009.

                                                                                                                              Graham Jones was in the perfect position to witness their sad decline from the van tage point of a record company salesman who has travelled the length and breadth of the UK to sell stock to these shops. As he watched the tragedy unfold he decided it was important that someone documented their tales before the record shop went the way of the stamp shop, the coin shop and the candlestick maker.

                                                                                                                              He set off on a tour of the UK to interview 50 record shop owners to see why they had survived whilst a couple of thousand others had closed. These interviews are the basis of the book. Graham thought he was writing the obituary of the record store but Last Shop Standing became a celebration of these great cultural meeting places: a David and Goliath tale of stores managing to keep going despite the immense pressure from downloading and supermarkets.

                                                                                                                              In 2012 Last Shop Standing was made into a successful film featuring Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and lots of record shop owners from the book. The film has been screened all over the world and the DVD was the official film of Record Store Day 2013.

                                                                                                                              Recently, record shops have made an astounding comeback and we now have more record shops than back in 2009. This updated sixth edition of Last Shop Standing explains why. This edition also gives a comprehensive
                                                                                                                              update on the original shops interviewed. Last Shop Standing has become a piece of social history. It is also a damn good laugh.

                                                                                                                              Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

                                                                                                                              Joy Devotion : The Importance Of Ian Curtis And Fan Culture

                                                                                                                                Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a Senior Lecturer and former American music industry executive. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, authored books about fan cultures and delivering the exhibition 'Joy Devotion: A Year In The Life Of A Rock Shrine At The Ian Curtis Memorial Stone'. Originally from California, Jen was a Marketing Director for Interscope Geffen A&M Records. She toured with and devised marketing and branding campaigns for major global acts including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Dr Dre, Gwen Stefani, U2 and Eminem.

                                                                                                                                Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture explores the lasting legacy in the fan, post-punk and dot.com economy of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, and what such dedication says about the larger issues facing us in a modern world. Essays on Curtis, exploring ideas of memory, death, technology, fandom and secular religion are complemented by photos taken at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone. In this book, fans and artists contribute their personal insights, granting intimate access to the very people who Curtis continues to influence and inspire long past his untimely death in 1980. Foreword by Kevin Cummins. Preface by Stephen Morris.


                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                Paperback Book Info: Signed copies available

                                                                                                                                Rob Chapman

                                                                                                                                Psychedelia And Other Colours (Hardback Edition)

                                                                                                                                  In the summer of 1965 the informal parties that Ken Kesey was holding at his house in Palo Alto California were about to evolve into what became known as the Acid Tests. These spontaneous anarchic gatherings spread their tentacles far and wide until an entire generation seemed to be under their spell. Fifty years on from the Merry Pranksters multimedia mayhem, acclaimed author Rob Chapman explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD, from the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco long before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. In the UK, he documents an entirely different history, and one that has never been told before. It has its roots in fairy tales and fairgrounds, the music hall and the dead of Flanders fields, in the Festival of Britain and that peculiarly British strand of surrealism that culminated in the Magical Mystery Tour.

                                                                                                                                  Sitars and Sergeant Pepper, surfadelica and the Soft Machine, light shows and love-ins - the mind-expanding effects of acid were to redefine popular culture as we know it. It's a story that you think you know, but no one has laid out the narrative quite like this before. Chapman documents psychedelia's utopian reverberations - and the dark side of its moon - in a shimmering day-glo portrait where the sublime, the sinister and the just plain silly co-exist in imperfect harmony.

                                                                                                                                  Includes a foreward by Andrew Weatherall.


                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                  Hardback Book Info: Hardback edition. 656 pages, 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm.

                                                                                                                                  Ian Curtis

                                                                                                                                  So This Is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics And Notebooks (Hardback Edition)

                                                                                                                                    So this is permanence, edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

                                                                                                                                    The songs of Joy Division, infused with the energy of punk but steeped in a resigned longing, were born of Manchester in the late seventies - a once flourishing industrial city in decline. They were the songs too of Ian Curtis's inner tragedies, as he battled depression, epilepsy and debilitating stage fright. Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour.

                                                                                                                                    Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.

                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                    Hardback Book Info: Deluxe cloth-bound hardback edition. 304 pages, 21 x 3 x 28.8 cm.

                                                                                                                                    Galactic Zoo Dossier

                                                                                                                                    #10

                                                                                                                                      After a four year wait the world’s greatest psychedelic underground, hand-drawn pro-zine is back. Lauded by the likes of international taste-making publications everywhere, ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ returns with a brand new, mind-expanding issue.

                                                                                                                                      Painstakingly illustrated by Plastic Crimewave and contributors from around the globe, ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ are also celebrating their 20th anniversary (fifteen of which have been arm-in-arm with the forces of Drag City).

                                                                                                                                      Issue 10 of ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ is subtitled ‘The Interview Issue’ and features sixteen interviews with inimitable subjects such as Shirley Collins, Michael Chapman, Giorgio Gomelsky, Edgar Broughton, Arthur Brown and other legends of the blown mind.

                                                                                                                                      Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a full set of ‘Damaged Guitar Gods’ / ‘Astral Folk Maidens’ trading cards (collect them all).

                                                                                                                                      Also, this issue heralds a return to that zeitgeisty format originally included with early issues of ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’, a mixtape, on a real live cassette, compiling totally unreleased magical sounds by Bang, Comus, Edgar Broughton, Richard Pinhas, Judy Dyble, Michael Yonkers, Red Square, Peter Daltrey and Michael Chapman, amongst others. This is the largest and most exciting issue yet.

                                                                                                                                      ‘Galactic Zoo Dossier’ has been praised in Mojo, The Wire, Spin and Pitchfork and the magazine has even branched out into the successful Galactic Zoo Disk LP reissue label.

                                                                                                                                      Available exclusively to independent retailers.

                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                      Magazine Info: Limited edition magazine and cassette.

                                                                                                                                      Blind Alfred Reed

                                                                                                                                      Appalachian Visionary

                                                                                                                                        Born blind on June 15, 1880, in Floyd County, Virginia, Alfred Reed grew up on a West Virginia farm. In the 1920s, when radio became available in his area, Alfred listened to and enjoyed performances by several of the era’s popular singers. Alfred would purchase songbooks and hymnbooks, and his wife Nettie would read the lyrics to him. Because the songs he learned from others did not always express aspects of what he was thinking, feeling, and experiencing, Alfred felt compelled to compose his own songs, and he was exceptionally talented in this endeavor—a craftsman with many things to say. Relying upon his talent to generate money, he gave music lessons, performed at dances and various social and church gatherings, sold printed copies of his own lyrics, and, in 1927 and 1929, made the commercial recordings included on this set. 

                                                                                                                                        Lydia Lunch

                                                                                                                                        From The Page To The Stage

                                                                                                                                          "From The Page To The Stage" is a workshop led by writer, performer and provocateur Lydia Lunch. During Lydua's Samarbeta Residency in October 2015 she led two workshops with 30+ participants. "From The Page To The Stage" is about artistic empowerment and motivation. This publication contains poetry and short stories from the participants of the workshops alongside some original work written by Lydia Lunch, accompanied by the audio from the live show as Islington Mill on 3rd November 2016. Lydia Lunch needs very little introduction: the queen of no-wave (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks), artist, writer and poet. She has produced spoken word records, curated performance series, worked with dozens of luminaries in film, music and literature. She has written five books, released over thirty LPs and continues to be a driving force in art, music, literature and performance, proving to be one of the most daring artists of the current era. Samarbete is a residency program run by Rivca Burns (Sounds From The Other City) and Emma Thompson (Fat Out) specifically aimed at musicians. An artist run program with the aim of giving musicians time away from everyday to further their creative practice. 


                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          CD & Book Info: Beautifully presented full colour publication with audio CD and download

                                                                                                                                          Jon Savage & Stuart Baker

                                                                                                                                          Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art Of Punk 1976-80

                                                                                                                                            Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe 400-page punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

                                                                                                                                            Punk 45 is a revelatory guide to hundreds and hundreds of original seven-inch record cover sleeve designs--visual artifacts found at the heart of the most radical and anarchistic musical movement of the twentieth century. Spurred by the Desperate Bicycles' rallying cry "It was easy, it was cheap--go and do it!" and Mark Perry's "Here are three chords. Now form a band," thousands of new groups emerged in the wake of the Pistols, between 1976 and 1980. This politicized do-it-yourself ethic was applied to design as much as it was to music, and these lo-fi record sleeves declared politics ranging from anarchism to socialism, anticonsumerism, feminism and more. Spanning pre-punk to postpunk, Punk 45 is introduced and co-compiled by Jon Savage, author of the acclaimed, definitive history of the Sex Pistols and punk music, England's Dreaming, and the period's most pre-eminent historian. It features sleeves from bands such as the Adverts, Cabaret Voltaire, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Electric Eels, The Flamin' Groovies, The Human League, Joy Division, Pere Ubu, Plastic Bertrand, The Residents, X-Ray Spex and many, many others. As well as original artwork, the book also includes interviews and articles on designers such as Peter Saville, Jamie Reid, Malcolm Garrett and Gee Voucher, and interviews with record label founders such as Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), printing pressers and more. Punk 45 is an exhaustive, thorough and exciting celebration of the stunning artwork of punk music, including everything from the most celebrated and iconic designs through to the stark beauty of the cheapest do-it-yourself lo-fi obscurities.

                                                                                                                                            To coincide in with the book, Soul Jazz Records are also releasing a series of ‘Punk 45’ compilation albums starting with ‘Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk In The United States 1973-80’, featuring tracks by Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Flaming Groovies, Theoretical Girls, The Normals, The Urinals and many more.

                                                                                                                                            Jack Chuter

                                                                                                                                            Storm Static Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock

                                                                                                                                              As grunge and britpop ruled the airwaves in the early 90s, post-rock was a vital jolt of innovation. The intricate narratives and sonic cyclones of bands like Slint and Disco Inferno were a welcome antidote to the instant gratification of trad rock. Now, more than 20 years on, post-rock’s mark on the cultural landscape is significant. Dedicated festivals draw huge crowds and the music is a favourite for film soundtracks and adverts, unique in its compound of emotional sensitivity and visceral clout. Meanwhile, the audience has bloomed into an international community whose devotion borders on the obsessive. Storm Static Sleep unpicks the meaning of post-rock, travelling back to its origins to interrogate the journalists who championed it and the bands who renounced it.

                                                                                                                                              Featuring over 30 first-hand interviews with some of the most prominent names in post-rock – including Mogwai, Tortoise, Steve Albini, Mono, Isis, Slint and God Is An Astronaut – alongside analysis of key records that changed the face of music, Storm Static Sleep will open your eyes – and ears – to one of music’s most exciting genres.

                                                                                                                                              “In some ways ‘post-rock’ is just a continuation of impulses that crop up within the progressive era, and then again with post-punk. Leaving behind rock, taking on outside influences, responding to the cutting edge of black music, etherealizing to the point of losing the rhythmic pulse ” Simon Reynolds, Author/Journalist. 

                                                                                                                                              “I was really into anti-guitar, anti-chops, anti-solos. I just wanted to f*ck it up.” David Pajo, Slint. 

                                                                                                                                              “We never had a discussion about it, just as we never talked about whether there should be vocals. It was just like, ‘okay – let’s try something’. I guess we were just interested in seeing what we could do with the resources we had available.” - John McEntire, Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, Bastra. 

                                                                                                                                              “I remember the first time someone asked about it [post-rock] and I had no idea what they were talking about.” Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai.



                                                                                                                                              Gareth Ashton

                                                                                                                                              Hanging Around Musicians

                                                                                                                                                As meteoric rises go - Gareth Ashton's takes some beating. Born and bred in Derbyshire, he had always been a keen drummer, like his father and in 1977 discovered the joys of punk via The Jam's performance on Top Of The Pops. Within weeks he was forming his own band The Ruin and within months he was playing on the same bill as punk trendsetters The Damned on a nationwide tour and living the dream with the short-lived The Irritators. After gigs in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Dundee and Manchester Gareth went on to pursue other musical goals but never quite hit those heights again. Nonetheless he drummed successfully all over the UK for over two decades playing everything from jazz-funk to country & western. Now retired, Gareth reflects on the lot of a semi-professional musician, a world away from the gilded lives of rock stars and their entourages.

                                                                                                                                                Eilon Paz

                                                                                                                                                Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting (2nd Edition)

                                                                                                                                                  (This edition has 20 more pages than the first edition) A stunning, 436-page photography-and-interview coffee-table book about the world’s most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors created by noted photographer Eilon Paz. “[Eilon Paz’s] lavishly illustrated coffee-table book contains portraits of some 130 ‘record diggers,’ as he sometimes calls them, who have often gravitated to genres as obscure as Turkish psychedelia, ‘Sesame Street’ albums, lounge acts, sexploitation and horror film soundtracks, ’60s girl groups from France and Japan, and even colored discs … visceral and joyous.” NY Times // Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with indepth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 fulllength interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history. Eilon Paz has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and is a regular contributor for the US based food/travel magazine, Saveur, and his work appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

                                                                                                                                                  Robert Haagsma

                                                                                                                                                  Passion For Vinyl (A Tribute To All Who Dig The Groove)

                                                                                                                                                    Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It’s Atlantic’s CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That’s what vinyl does with music lovers.

                                                                                                                                                    In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ’s, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950’s.

                                                                                                                                                    This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.

                                                                                                                                                    Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma. With an introduction by American vinyl guru Michael Fremer.

                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                    Hardback Book Info: 240 page hardback book. Individually numbered, with free 7” single

                                                                                                                                                    Disco Patrick & Patrick Vog

                                                                                                                                                    Disco: An Encyclopaedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records

                                                                                                                                                      This 360 page deluxe hardback book - a massive 12x12” - features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. The record cover designs amount to a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring over 2,000 album cover designs
                                                                                                                                                      (including many full-size covers) as well as over 700 12” sleeves, this book is truly an encyclopaedic document of disco music and its industry.

                                                                                                                                                      As well as being a comprehensive visual document on the era, the book comes complete with interviews of a number of important disco figures, histories, biographies and discographies of all the major disco record companies. Sections on Roller Disco sleeves, Disco Instruction albums, 12” sleeves and a scrapbook of disco ads are all brought together in one stunning and stylish package.

                                                                                                                                                      Artists featured include Chic, Grace Jones, Salsoul Orchestra, Musique, Cerrone, The Blackbyrds, Giorgio Moroder and thousands more. Interviews and label profiles include Ken Cayre (Salsoul Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Casablanca Records, Marvin Schlacter (Prelude Records) and Mel Cheren (West End Records).

                                                                                                                                                      Editors Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt have previously put together the book ‘Disco Patrick Presents: The Bootleg Guide To Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap And Disco Medleys’.

                                                                                                                                                      Graham Jones

                                                                                                                                                      Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Records Shops

                                                                                                                                                        Graham Jones has 30 years experience as a record company sales rep. Over the years he has collected a huge number of funny anecdotes. He relates the best of them here in his new book "Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Record Shops". The anecdotes come from people who have been often pleased and sometimes bemused to be stationed behind the record shop counter.

                                                                                                                                                        The book contains over 200 amusing anecdotes and requests gathered from independent record shops past and present along with tales from HMV, Our Price, Music Zone, Virgin and classical music stores too.

                                                                                                                                                        Featuring many delightful cartoons by Kipper Williams, one of the UK's most renowned cartoonists, whose artwork brings great pleasure to readers of the Guardian and The Sunday Times.

                                                                                                                                                        Graham Jones is also the author of the best-selling and widely acclaimed Last Shop Standing, the definitive account of the demise of Britain's independent record shops. Graham's book has inspired a celebrated documentary film of the same name which features many well-known musicians, including Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, Norman Cook, Johnny Marr and Billy Bragg, as well as many record shop proprietors.

                                                                                                                                                        Paul Gilroy / Stuart Baker

                                                                                                                                                        90 Degrees Of Shade: Image And Identity In The West Indies - 100 Years Of Photography In The Caribbean

                                                                                                                                                          Calypso, Voodoo, Sunshine, Communism, Reggae, Colonialism, The Slave Trade, Rum, Revolution, Industry and Tourism 100 years of the Caribbean image and identity is captured in this deluxe new hardback photography book. The image of the Caribbean is as much a creation of the outsider as it is the complex identity of its people a melting pot of races created out of the participants in the 400 year slave trade enforced Africans, indigenous Americans and their colonisers French, Spanish, German, Dutch, English. The identity of the Caribbean stands at this intersection of tourism, the detritus of the slave trade, colonialism and tropicality. The regions politics span a hot bed of ideas and radicalism from Castros Cuba, communist thorn in the side of North America, to the violent right-wing dictatorship of Haitis Papa Doc in the 1960s; from Manleys Jamaica in the 1970s to Eric Williams Trinidad in the 1960s. This book is a deluxe large format hardback book featuring 100s of fascinating and unique photographs that span one hundred years of Caribbean history, culture, industry and more as well as the subsequent diaspora of its people to America, England and elsewhere. The photographs show the many ways in which the region is portrayed from luscious and tropical backdrop of tourism and hedonism, to colonial outpost and revolutionary threat within North Americas own backyard.

                                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                          Mexican Summer: Five Years (Book And 10" Vinyl)

                                                                                                                                                            Fall 2013 marks the five-year anniversary of Mexican Summer and Software (Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never's Imprint), and with this milestone comes Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 256-page, 11”x11” hard-cover book limited to a one-time edition of 1,000 copies. The book includes unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists.

                                                                                                                                                            Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, craft paper wrap, three interior paper stocks and an integrated 10” sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                            The sleeve houses a 10” record of unique collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers Of Fortune, and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Quilt and Bobb Trimble, and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain & Ashrae Fax).

                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                            Hardback Book Info: Beautiful 256 page book comes with a limited edition 12" featuring 5 exclusive tracks.

                                                                                                                                                            Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                                                                            Issue 13

                                                                                                                                                              Long time coming, the latest issue of YETI 13, but its completely worth the wait: The new YETI is not only in the new format we introduced last issue, but all of it is in shiny, happy full color on glossy, heavy duty paper. The cover has giant flaps to cradle the record in the back, and keep your place in the book up front. This represents a complete rebirth of YETI! ON THE HARD VINYL 7" EP -- ALL TRACKS NEVER ON VINYL BEFORE! 

                                                                                                                                                              INSIDE THE ALL COLOR ISSUE
                                                                                                                                                              * Full color, super awesome “wraparound” cover by Geneviève Castrée. There’s a dead seal involved, but it’s really beautiful.
                                                                                                                                                              * Groovy posters from Christchurch NZ in the 1980s – originally designed & printed by Stuart “Kawoski” Page of New Zealand’s AXEMEN
                                                                                                                                                              * A very, very lengthy oral history of the rock band Codeine by Mike McGonigal * Recent paintings by David Moreno
                                                                                                                                                              * Introduction to the great/ forgotten Surrealist writer Gisele Prassinos by Sarah Lippincott
                                                                                                                                                              * Thirteen found photographs selected by Mark Sullo
                                                                                                                                                              * “Seven Bedtimes for Seven Bonzos” by Ben Bush
                                                                                                                                                              * Fursaxa interview and collages by Ilyas Ahmed
                                                                                                                                                              *Mammoth, killer comic work – “ORM: Part One” by Josh Bayer
                                                                                                                                                              * Images from the spontaneous Mike Kelley memorial that sprung up shortly after his death last year + MORE


                                                                                                                                                              Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker

                                                                                                                                                              Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art

                                                                                                                                                                A new deluxe 200 page hardback 12”x12” book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music.

                                                                                                                                                                The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (‘Rough Guide To Reggae’ / Blood & Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

                                                                                                                                                                Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.

                                                                                                                                                                This stunning hardback deluxe book is a timely look at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.

                                                                                                                                                                The book includes a fascinating introductory essay on the history of reggae by Steve Barrow and the book is edited by Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records and editor of the book ‘Dancehall’, and cover art books on Bossa Nova, Freedom, Rhythm & Sound and Studio One Records).

                                                                                                                                                                Charles Bukowski

                                                                                                                                                                Bukowski On Bukowski

                                                                                                                                                                  Bukowski on Bukowski booklet is a great introduction to the wild world of cult author Charles Bukowski. It features Bukowski's views on various topics including Drinking, Writing, Sex, Death, Loneliness and fame and is interspersed with lively illustrations and a bonus CD to boot!

                                                                                                                                                                  Graham Jones

                                                                                                                                                                  Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? (RSD 2012 5th Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                    "Last Shop Standing" lifts the lid on an area of the music industry in tatters – a sad but true tale of the decline of record shops and their beloved vinyl too. The author, Graham Jones has worked at the heart of the record industry since the golden 1980s. He was there during the fruitful retail years and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Undertaking a final tour of the last remaining independent record shops in Britain, Graham has collected a wealth of entertaining stories that explain why the best are still standing, and how the worst of them blew it. The book includes revealing anecdotes about rock stars and industry figures including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, David Bowie, Joy Division, Oasis, The Sex Pistols and John Peel. "Last Shop Standing" is a hilarious, addictive, yet sometimes harrowing account written by a man who has been there and sold that. It is a book that will bring a wry smile to the face of anyone who has ever bought a music CD or attended a concert, and still has the promotional t-shirt of a favourite band to prove it. Since getting a break into the music industry following a colleague's failed, comical suicide attempt, Graham Jones has amassed an excellent collection of anecdotes on his travels around the record shops of Britain – all included in Last Shop Standing: The hilarity of the UK's worst record shop (not us - phew!); The most dysfunctional family in pop music; How Take That were conned out of the Christmas number 1; The hysterical tale of the band that faked a murder; The shop that sold £45,000 worth of records for a fiver (also not us - double phew!), and much more.

                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                    The Cover Art Of Studio One Records

                                                                                                                                                                      Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photographs, original flyers and artist interviews. In the 1950s Clement Dodds Downbeat Soundsystem was the most important sound system in downtown Kingstons burgeoning dancehall scene, fighting off the competition of Duke Reid, Tom the Great Sebastian and others. Dodd began producing his own records in the late 1950s and in 1963, the year after Jamaican Independence, he launched Studio One. Described by Chris Blackwell as the University of Reggae, Studio One is by far the most important record label in the history of Reggae music, an A-Z of Jamaican music. It is where Bob Marley and theWailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, The Heptones, Toots and the Maytals and many more artists became stars. As Jamaica approaches the 50th anniversary of independence, this stunning deluxe book is a timely look at Reggae musics legendary record label and the artists and musicians that it made famous.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Hardback Book Info: Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photograp

                                                                                                                                                                      Babak Ganjei

                                                                                                                                                                      Hilarious Consequences

                                                                                                                                                                        This Autumn Records Records Records books publish Hilarious Consequences, a graphic novel by Babak Ganjei, containing a CD soundtrack featuring various artists which include Wet Paint, Singing Adams, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, Matthew Tong (Bloc Party) and new Records Records Records records signing Big Deal.

                                                                                                                                                                        Babak Ganjei plays in a band, has a young son and writes a comic about a guy called Babak, who plays in a band and has a young son and is writing a comic book. Hilarious Consequences is the result. It is funny. It is sad. Or perhaps it's melancholic? The absurdities of life in the ridiculous metropolis: the herbalist medicine men; the postmodernist fancy dress parties; the bands signing deals with pharmaceuticals companies; the blind followers of the cult of originality; and the coke-fuelled conversations about cooking. Chapter by chapter, the book captures the inanities of life as our hero muses on hair loss, the creative process, fatherhood and getting the sneaking feeling that everyone around you is getting younger, more talented and more successful.

                                                                                                                                                                        A little about Babak.... As guitarist with Absentee, he released 2 albums, singles and a handful of EPs through Memphis Industries to wide critical acclaim. Babak went on to form Wet Paint, releasing the album 'It Rots' through Trial & Error and the band supported both Bloc Party and the Rumble Strips on national tours.

                                                                                                                                                                        In between touring and recording the yet to be released follow-up album to It Rots, Babak has been creating his comic strips, regularly appearing on the pages of Stool Pigeon magazine. Hilarious Consequences is Babak's frst graphic novel.

                                                                                                                                                                        In Babak's own words: 'my years as guitarist in Absentee and frontman of Wet Paint have helped inform a story about struggling to juggle creative pursuits whilst attempting to grow up, be a father and not a rubbish boyfriend'.

                                                                                                                                                                        The book comes as a beautifully drawn 104 page softbound limited edition including CD soundtrack featuring: Dignan Porch, Singing Adams, The Bronsteins, Macks Faulkron, Wonderswan, Round Ron Virgin, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, Cheatahs, Big Deal, Wet Paint, and Matthew C H Tong.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Hardback Book Info: Includes an 11 track compilation CD.

                                                                                                                                                                        Tim Burgess

                                                                                                                                                                        Telling Stories

                                                                                                                                                                          Telling Stories by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is one of the decade's most revealing rock books

                                                                                                                                                                          'Clear, honest. An unusually frank and well-written rock memoir' The Times

                                                                                                                                                                          The Charlatans. Madchester. Britpop. Taking on the world. Here are the highs, the lows, the joys, the agonies, and the stories of what it's like to be in a rock band, as told by front man and survivor, Tim Burgess.

                                                                                                                                                                          'Like the best bits of every cautionary rock star tale . . . there is armed robbery and smuggling. There's serious fraud. There are near and actual death experiences, divorce, industrial cocaine consumption and magnificent cameos from Madonna, Alan McGee, Ronnie Wood, Joe Strummer, LA drug dealer Harry The Dog, and Joaquin Phoenix. A minor classic' Q

                                                                                                                                                                          'A vivid read' Independent on Sunday

                                                                                                                                                                          Mark E Smith

                                                                                                                                                                          Renegade

                                                                                                                                                                            The only way to appreciate the legendary Mark E Smith is to encounter the man in his own words.

                                                                                                                                                                            'Ranting, raging, burning...relentlessly splenetic, a long and sustained rant... may also be the funniest music book ever written' - Observer

                                                                                                                                                                            'Unutterably funny... a riot of aimings and blamings and score-settlings. Smith manages to have a right laff, and reveal himself as a figure of dazzling sociological import' - Independent on Sunday

                                                                                                                                                                            The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands ever, their music - odd, spare, cranky and repetitious - an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E. Smith IS The Fall - 66 members came and went over the years yet he remained its charismatic leader until his death in 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                            'If it's me and yer granny on bongos, it's The Fall.' - Mark E. Smith

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark was a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma. There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.

                                                                                                                                                                            'Remarkable, brilliant. A provocative joy. Smith's rant gushes like a furious fountain of razor-sharp invective over his childhood and the early days of The Fall, relationships/ marriage, the record industry/ musicians and his views on everything from football to mobile phones, from drinking and drugs to driving, from books to bankruptcy, from Paul Morley to pubs. Unbeatable' - Time Out

                                                                                                                                                                            'Engrossing, exhausting, dense with fascinating detail. As both memoir and cultural history, Renegade is a remarkable achievement' - Daily Telegraph

                                                                                                                                                                            David Stubbs

                                                                                                                                                                            Future Days

                                                                                                                                                                              West Germany after the Second World War was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental and various sounds that became known as Krautrock.

                                                                                                                                                                              Eschewing the Anglo-American jazz/blues tradition, they took their inspiration from elsewhere: the mysticism of the East; the fractured classicism of Stockhausen; the pneumatic repetition of industry, and the dense forests of the Rhineland; the endless winding of Autobahns.

                                                                                                                                                                              Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Can, Kraftwerk ­- the influence of these groups' ruminative, expansive compositions upon Western popular music is incalculable. They were key to the development of movements ranging from postpunk to electronica and ambient, and have directly inspired artists as diverse as David Bowie, Talking Heads and Primal Scream.

                                                                                                                                                                              Future Days is an in-depth study of this meditative, sometimes abstract, often very beautiful music and the groups that made it, throwing light too on the social and political context that informed them. It's an indispensable book for those wanting to understand how much of today's music came about, and to discover a wealth of highly influential and pioneering artists.

                                                                                                                                                                              John Robb

                                                                                                                                                                              The Stone Roses

                                                                                                                                                                                The band, the lifestyle, the revolution. This classic biography charts the phenomenal rise of The Stone Roses to the icons they are today, using interviews, rehearsal tapes and the archives of author John Robb who was with them from the beginning.

                                                                                                                                                                                Robb's exclusive inside knowledge of The Stone Roses creates a compelling and intimate insight into how the band single-handedly set the blueprint for the resurgence of UK rock 'n' roll in the 1990s: Ian Brown's new lazy-style vocals, Reni's fluid, funk-tinged, ground-breaking drumming, and the guitar genius of John Squire.

                                                                                                                                                                                From the band members' early years to the inception of the Roses, through the tours and success, their influences and style, to the demise of the original line-up and their solo careers; every high and low is documented in minute detail.

                                                                                                                                                                                This is the definitive, most revered account of one of the most influential British bands in pop music history.

                                                                                                                                                                                Peter Hook

                                                                                                                                                                                The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club

                                                                                                                                                                                  Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined.

                                                                                                                                                                                  As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nick Cave

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Sick Bag Song

                                                                                                                                                                                    The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory. It began life scribbled on airline sick bags during Cave's 22-city journey around North America in 2014. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary epic.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Spurred by encounters with modern day North America, and racked by romantic longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books and the music that have influenced and inspired him, and drops them into his sick bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Richard King

                                                                                                                                                                                    Original Rockers

                                                                                                                                                                                      Richard King's account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s is destined to become a classic of music writing. We live in an age when the most beautiful of recording formats, vinyl, is back in vogue and thriving. In the early 90s, with the march of the CD and record company disinterest in the format, vinyl was looking like an anachronism. And with its demise came the gradual erosion of a once beautiful and unique landscape known as the independent record shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Richard King, author of How Soon is Now, blends memoir and elegiac music writing on the likes of Captain Beefheart, CAN and Julian Cope, to create a book that recalls the debauched glory days of the independent record shop. Chaotic, amateurish and extravagantly dysfunctional, this is a book full of rare personalities and rum stories. It is a book about landscape, place and the personal; the first piece of writing to treat the environment of the record shop as a natural resource with its own peculiar rhythms and anecdotal histories.

                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hardback Book Info: Hardback edition with outer dust jacket. 256 pages, 16.1 x 2.2 x 21 cm.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Stevie Chick

                                                                                                                                                                                      Psychic Confusion: The Story Of Sonic Youth

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rock journalist Stevie Chick draws upon his wealth of source material and exclusive interviews with band-members and the people closest to Sonic Youth, to give an insight into this most complex and fascinating of rock bands.


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