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Mojo

Issue 305 - April 2019

    THIS MONTH, MOJO SWITCHES THINGS UP, appointing someone to the staff who really knows their music. Rolling Stones Riffmaster and closet polymath Keith Richards dons the Editor’s ceremonial visor to pour his knowledge and spirit all over the magazine, commissioning pieces on Muddy Waters, Norah Jones, Peter Tosh, The Neville Brothers and more, before submitting to a revealing in-depth interview.

    A 15-track CD of tracks from the world of Keith features Dion, Funkadelic, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Reed and The Maytals. Also in the issue: Madchester, Tina Weymouth, The Who, Dexys, Jenny Lewis, Butthole Surfers, Glam Nuggets, a secret history of mispressings and Blondie Chaplin. “Let me say, it’s been a real privilege to be MOJO’s Guest Editor,” reflects Richards in his introduction to the issue. “But I seem to have left the office in an awful mess…”

    Shindig!

    Issue 88

      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.

      The Wire

      Issue 421: March 2019

        "Stephen Malkmus: The one time Pavement mastermind talks to Raymond Cummings as his solo career takes a turn into the unknown with experimental electronic pop project Groove Denied. Meanwhile, inside the issue... José Maceda: Julian Cowley reflects on the life of the late Filipino composer, ethnomusicologist and musique concrète explorer, as his work is celebrated at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama. Fashion Records: Neil Kulkarni tells the story of the dancehall hit factory that originated the fast chat deejay style of the 80s via the work of Smiley Culture, Asher Senator and others. Donny McCaslin, Tim Lefebvre & Jason Lindner: The careers of David Bowie's Blackstar band have extended in multiple directions since his death to form a fresh new network of chameleonic jazz players. Phil Freeman reports. Invisible Jukebox: Annea Lockwood, Epiphanies: Graham Jeffries on The Velvet Underground."

        Richard Easter

        Cover Stories

          Would you like to find out…

          Where The Beatles' Dear Prudence went out to play?

          Who David Bowie's Major Tom really was, and how he became lost in space?

          Why The Rolling Stones' Devil needed Sympathy… And more to the point, did he deserve it?

          These and other musical questions are answered in Cover Stories, a literary collection that'll sit equally at home alongside your LPs as lined up with your books. These stories start with the original songs, then expand them into short stories, filling in details, explaining characters and revealing “what happened next” once the needle leaves the record.

          Richard Easter’s qualified to write about pop music. He's had a Top 5 single, performed on Top of The Pops three times and played drums for The Bee Gees. He’s co-presented shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2, written for the NME, got lost in Broadcasting House with George Michael, watched the KLF burn a wicker man on the Isle of Jura, was first to play the Manic Street Preachers on national daytime radio, and managed to track down Joy Division's actual synthesiser, bought it, then broke it. Not a high point.

          Cover Stories has been written in enhanced stereo, so please put on your literary headphones, set the pages to 33rpm and read. LOUD.

          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.

            MOJO

            ISSUE 304 - MARCH 2019

              PEERLESS SINGER, GENIUS songwriter: MOJO celebrates Joni Mitchell over 22 pages, with a classic in-depth interview, plus rare pics and insights and a 15-track CD of post-Joni songs and artists, featuring Julia Holter, Frazey Ford, Nadia Reid, Case/Lang/Veirs, Sun Kil Moon, Tomberlin, Wendy & Lisa and more. Also this month: The Specials – new album, new controversy; fresh light on David Bowie’s watershed 1965; the hair-raising story of Royal Trux; and the adorable John Sebastian in the MOJO Interview. Plus: Pete Shelley departs; The Sugarcubes hit; Cass McCombs uncurls; the Beastie Boys talk waffles; Roy Harper fights back; Yola breaks out. Finally, records by Rustin Man, Jessica Pratt, Sleaford Mods, Julia Jacklin, Michael Rother and Nic Jones, on Nonesuch and Philadelphia International, rock our world.

              The Wire

              Issue 420: February 2019

                Inside this issue:

                Joe McPhee: The tireless reed player’s multi-decade career serves as a road map of the international avant garde, encompassing performance, recording and cross-genre collaborations. By Daniel Spicer

                Michael Snow: With upcoming exhibitions in Lisbon and London, the Canadian audiovisual polymath cuts a striking figure in the past and present of experimental art while keeping a keen eye on the future. By Julian Cowley

                Tuareg Guitar: A user’s guide to the rugged North and West African strain of desert blues, as popularised by Tinariwen, Bombino, Mdou Moctar, and more. By Francis Gooding

                Achim Zepezauer: The sky’s the limit for Dortmund’s fruit machinist-composer. By Robert Barry

                Orgue Agnès: The French-Belgian trio purvey fermented funk. By Clive Bell

                Stuart Chalmers: Yorkshire’s tape scavenger heads for the cave. By Tristan Bath

                Ain Bailey: The London based DJ and artist makes music communal again. By Frances Morgan

                Global Ear: Colombia: Champeta is a catalyst for big time sensuality in the coastal port of Cartagena. By Patrick McMahon

                Invisible Jukebox: Steve Gunn: Will the US guitarist come unstrung at The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Tony Rettman

                The Inner Sleeve: Mimi Johnson of Lovely Music on It’s A Beautiful Day

                Epiphanies: Brunhild Ferrari’s ferric reveries

                Ugly Things

                Issue #49 - Winter 2018

                  Cover stars this time are British R&B hitmakers MANFRED MANN, who are featured via exclusive and extensive interviews with Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness. Also on the cover: Cleveland post-punk glam-infused geniuses DEATH OF SAMANTHA, and one of Chicago’s most revered ‘60s garage acts, THE KNAVES. This issue also includes an interview with HERVE ZENOUDA, who takes you deep inside the ‘70s punk scene in Paris with STINKY TOYS, STRIKE UP, LOOSE HEART and ANGEL FACE. Greg Prevost interviews pop paragon EMITT RHODES, Ric Menck covers LA power pop icons THE QUICK, Mike Stax digs into the world of teenage Dutch beat bashers THE KWYET, and Harvey Kubernik gives new insight into THE ROLLING STONES’ “Sympathy for the Devil” and the Beggar’s Banquet mastering sessions. All this and more—including, as always, our outstanding reviews of reissues and rock-related books.

                  Various Artists

                  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.”


                    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.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Hardback Book Info: Limited Signed Edition!

                      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.

                                  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.

                                        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.

                                              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.




                                                  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.

                                                      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.

                                                          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.

                                                              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.

                                                                  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

                                                                    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.

                                                                      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.

                                                                          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.

                                                                            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.

                                                                              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

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                    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.


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