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Robin Pecknold

Wading In Waist-High Water - The Lyrics Of Fleet Foxes

    Featuring over 50 song lyrics alongside never-beforeseen insights from Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold, Wading in Waist-High Water is an intimate look into-and resounding celebration of-musical craftsmanship and care.

    “There is something quite moving about seeing the lyrics of these fifty-six songs collected and assembled this way. You can see the evolution of the minds and hearts at work behind the lyrics. . . . It’s a thrill, realizing that it’s a still-evolving and growing body of work.” —Brandon Taylor, from the Introduction

    Since the release of their breakout debut in 2008, Fleet Foxes and their frontman, singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, have enjoyed international critical and commercial acclaim. Drawing comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and the music of Brian Wilson, Grammy-nominated Fleet Foxes have reshaped the American indie-folk sound, crafting songs that are acoustically and melodically driven, steeped in gospel-like harmonies, and propelled by resonant and timeless lyrics.

    Wading in Waist-High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes contains Robin Pecknold’s complete lyrics from 56 songs, capturing the poetic and inventive storytelling that is a hallmark of the band’s music. These richly layered lyrics explore the complexity, darkness, and beauty of physical and emotional landscapes, both pastoral and modern. Alongside the lyrics, Pecknold includes hand-written notes and candid observations on creative processes, inspirations, and motivations.

    With an introduction by celebrated author Brandon Taylor, Wading in Waist- High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes is a moving and intimate look at the art of songwriting, the joy of music-making, and what it means to produce meaningful and memorable sound.

    Kate Molleson

    Sound Within Sound - A Radical History Of Composers In The Twentieth Century

      A groundbreaking music history book from BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson, which fundamentally changes the way we think about classical music and the musicians who made it on a global scale.

      In a world undergoing rapid transformation, twentieth century classical musicians brought forth a truly paradigm-shifting aural catalogue of human existence. Yet when we reflect on the genre’s history its central figures seem to share three characteristics: they were white, male and western. Sound Within Sound is the impassioned and exhilarating story of the composers who dared to challenge the conventional world of classical music in the twentieth century. Kate Molleson tells the stories of ten figures from across the globe who altered the course of musical history, only to be sidelined during an era that systemically favoured certain sounds – and people – over others.

      A celebration of radical creativity rooted in ideas of protest, gender, race, ecology and resistance, Sound Within Sound is an energetic reappraisal of twentieth-century classical music that opens up the world far beyond its established centres, challenges stereotypical portrayals of the genre and shatters its traditional canon.

      Jarvis Cocker

      Good Pop, Bad Pop

        What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?

        We all have a random collection of the things that made us - photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs, stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis Cocker starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue his story and ask him some awkward questions: Who do you think you are? Are clothes important? Why are there so many pairs of broken glasses up here?

        From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley's Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is the hard evidence of Jarvis's unique life, Pulp, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he'd rather forget. And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process - writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft.

        This is not a life story. It's a loft story.

        Nige Tassell

        Whatever Happened To The C86 Kids? : An Indie Odyssey

          In 1986, the NME released a cassette that would shape music for years to come. A collection of twenty-two independently signed guitar-based bands, C86 was the sound and ethos that defined a generation. It was also arguably the point at which 'indie' was born.

          But what happened next to all those musical dreamers? Some of the bands, like Primal Scream, went on to achieve global stardom; others, such as Half Man Half Biscuit and the Wedding Present, cultivated lifelong fanbases that still sustain their careers thirty-five years later. Then there were the rest, who ultimately imploded in a riot of paisley shirts, bad drugs and general indifference from the record-buying public. Now, for the first time, music journalist Nige Tassell tracks down the class of C86 and recounts their stories, both tragic and uplifting.

          Yet, while the pursuit of long-lost musicians can often manifest as earnest hagiography, Tassell's unique, light-hearted approach makes this a very human story of ambition, hope, varying degrees of talent and what happens after you give up on pop - or, more precisely, after pop gives up on you. It's a world populated by bike-shop owners, architecture professors, dance-music producers, record-store proprietors, birdwatchers, solicitors, caricaturists and even a possible Olympic sailor - and let's not forget the musician-turned-actor gainfully employed as Jeremy Irons' body double... More than simply the tale of the tape, Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? is an exploration of C86's wide-reaching and often surprising legacy.

          Barbara Charone

          Access All Areas : A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years Of Music And Culture

            First as a journalist and then a publicist at Warner Brothers Records for nearly twenty years, Barbara Charone has experienced, first-hand, the changes in the cultural landscape. Access All Areas is a personal, insightful and humorous memoir packed with stories of being on the cultural frontline, from first writing press releases on a typewriter driven by Tip Ex, then as a press officer for heavy metal bands taking the bus up to Donnington Festival with coffee, croissants and the much more popular sulfate. To taking on Madonna, an unknown girl from Detroit, and telling Smash Hits 'you don't have to run the piece if the single doesn't chart', and becoming a true pioneer in music, Charone continues to work with the biggest names in music, including Depeche Mode, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Mark Ronson at her agency MBCPR.

            The story of how a music-loving, budding journalist from a Chicago suburb became the defining music publicist of her generation, Access All Areas is a time capsule of the last fifty years, told through the lens of music.

            Genre pick of the week Cover of We Were The Robots (A Disco Pogo Tribute) by Daft Punk.

            Daft Punk

            We Were The Robots (A Disco Pogo Tribute)

              Daft Punk featured often in the formative years of Jockey Slut magazine (including their first front cover). This tribute to the duo collates all the interviews and photos from the seminal magazine - covering their early days on Soma up to the release of Discovery. Further articles cover the rest of their tenure as one of the globe’s most furtive, influential electronic acts right up to their unexpected split in February 2021.

              - Their first ever interview, for Jockey Slut in 1994.
              - Oral histories on their early years on Soma and the making of Homework and Discovery.
              - Their first unmasked cover shot and interview for Jockey Slut in 1996.
              - A Fax interview from Jockey Slut in 1995 including their doodles and handwriting.
              - Long reads on Human After All, Random Access Memories and their Coachella performance.
              - Vintage features from writers including Alexis Petridis, Emma Warren and Ben Cardew.
              - A History of Roule records and the duos' extra curricular activities.
              - Exclusive Interview with Tony Gardner, the man behind the robots.
              - Daft Punk in film: Interstella 5555, Electroma and Tron.
              - Daft Punk was playing in my house - an exclusive interview with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.
              - An exclusive interview with Pedro ‘Busy P’ Winter and Together’s DJ Falcon.
              - Daft Punk superfans.

              The book has been a labour of love since the band split but we are finally ready to share it with the Disco Pogo community and beyond.

              Lol Tolhurst

              Goth: A History

                GOTH is an entertaining and engaging historical memoir of the genre of Goth music and culture, exploring creative giants like The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Joy Division and many more great bands that offered a place of refuge for the misfits of the 80s and ever since. Written by Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure, this book offers a fascinating deep dive into the movers and shakers of goth with stories and anecdotes from Tolhurst's personal memories as well as the musicians, magicians and artists who made it all happen - the people, places and events that made goth an inevitable and enduring movement .

                Starting with the Origins of Goth, Tolhurst explores early art and literature that inspired the genre and looks into the work of T.S Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Albert Camus and more. He also outlines the path of Gothic forebears and shows how many musicians played in punk bands before transitioning into goth endeavours. Next, he introduces readers to the 'Architects of Darkness' - Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and The Cure - the godfathers of goth who established the genre's roots. Following these early bands, Tolhurst discusses a group he calls the 'Spiritual Alchemists', consisting of bands like Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and more, who helped the darkness expand into the culture. He also tracks the expansion of the genre overseas, from England to New York, Los Angeles and beyond. Gothic fashion was an important part of the movement as well and Tolhurst discusses the clothing that accompanied and complemented the music. Finally, Tolhurst examines the legacy of goth music and shows how its influence can still be seen to this day across music, film, TV, visual arts, social media and so much more, finally concluding with 'Why Goth matters!'


                Supersonic : The Complete, Authorised And Unabridged Interviews

                  'We are the biggest band in Britain of all time, ever. The funny thing is, all that fucking mouthing off three years ago about how we were going to be the biggest band in the world - we actually went and did it.' Noel Gallagher

                  Oasis are one of the biggest bands the word has ever seen. Here, in Supersonic, they tell the story of the their beginnings from dive-bar hopefuls to global superstars.They themselves talk us through the pivotal moments in their phenomenal trajectory, from the day Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam's band, through their first crucial five years culminating at their landmark gigs at Knebworth Park in 1996 - the pinnacle of their success.

                  With over thirty hours of interviews with Liam, Noel and those closest to them, this book documents in unprecedented depth and with their trademark candour and humour, the story behind one of the world's greatest bands, all told in their own words and fully illustrated with exclusive photographs and ephemera throughout.

                  Disco Pogo

                  ISSUE #3

                    Issue 3 is a heavyweight 220 pages and features Roisin Murphy, Grace Jones, Art of Noise, Boards of Canada, Chris Frantz, Danielle Moore, Decius, Hifi Sean, Jamz Supernova, Leftfield, Luke Solomon, Native Tongues, Ralph Lawson, Twisted Nerve, Underground Resistance and much, much more.

                    The Wire

                    Issue 472 - June 2023

                      Inside this issue:
                      Totally Wire-d: A 20 page special unpicking everything you wanted to know about Mark E Smith and The Fall by the totally Wire-d writers’ squad: Claire Biddles, Graham Duff, Esi Eshun, Louise Gray, Michael Fenton, Jo Hutton, Leah Kardos, Stewart Lee, Craig Leon, Eugene S Robinson, Bruce Russell, Dave Segal, Richard Thomas, Spenser Tomson, Brian Turner and Kek-W

                      House Of All: Tessa Norton talks to the new band formed by ex-Fall members about life after Mark E Smith

                      Invisible Jukebox: No Home: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection raise Fucking Hell for the London DIY artist? Tested by Meg Woof

                      Nondi_: Pennsylvanian footworker reports from Flood City. By Neil Kulkarni

                      Kristen Roos: Vancouver synthesist embraces limitations. By Robert Barry

                      Natalia Beylis: Kyiv born sound artist makes water magic. By Brian Coney

                      Andy Akiho: Sculpted sounds from the US composer. By Kurt Gottschalk

                      Unlimited Editions: Edition Telemark. By Peter Margasak

                      Unofficial Channels: The Deep Ark. By Michaelangelo Matos

                      Global Ear: Oakland: Anti-gentrification in the East Bay. By Collin Smith

                      The Inner Sleeve: DJ Scotch Egg on Faust’s You Know Faust

                      Epiphanies: Adele Bertei heeds the siren call of Patti Smith

                      Print Run: ESG’s Come Away With ESG by Cheri Percy; Alien Territory: Radical, Experimental & Irrelevant Music In 1970s San Diego by Bill Perrine; Come My Fanatics: A Journey Into The World Of Electric Wizard by Dan Franklin; Season Of The Witch: The Book Of Goth by Cathi Unsworth; Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscopes And Rainbows by Vivian Ardley with John Coles & Dave Gelly; Empire Roller Disco: Photographs By Patrick D Pagnano by Sara Rosen & Patrick D Pagnano; The Future Of Rock And Roll: 97X WOXY And The Fight For True Independence by Robin James; Ain’t But A Few Of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story by Willard Jenkins (Editor)

                      On Screen: Jordan Albertsen Boom: A Film About The Sonics; Christina Batte WNYU: The World’s Best Radio Station In The World

                      On Location: Bergamo Jazz Festival, Bergamo, Italy; aya x MFO, London, UK; Borealis, Bergen, Norway; Big Ears, Knoxville, US; Birds Of Paradise, Utrecht, Netherlands; Counterflows, Glasgow, UK; Claire Rousay, London, UK; The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York, US; Moin, London, UK; Fred Moten/Brandon Lópes/Gerald Cleaver, London, UK; Sixth Edition: Festival For Other Music, Stockholm, Sweden; Tremor, São Miguel, Portugal; Object Collection: HOUSECONCERT + Neil Luck & Mimi Doulton, London, UK; Sonic Protest, Paris, France; Rewire, The Hague, Netherlands

                      Soundcheck: Nancy Andrews & Linda Smith, Martyna Basta, Andrea Belfi, DJ Brittle, Gerald Cleaver, Cold Comfort, Paul B Cutler, Mark Dresser, Paul Dunmall Ensemble, Fire! Orchestra, Fourth World Magazine III, Godflesh, Goodiepal & Bananskolen, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Heleen Van Haegenborgh, Alexander Hawkins Trio, IzangoMa, Rickie Lee Jones, Zubin Kanga, Marie Krüttli, Lucy Liyou, Dave Lombardo, Mandy, Indiana, Donny McCaslin, Metallica, Me:You, Modern Cosmology, MV & EE, Old Saw, Joaquín Orellana, Aruán Ortiz Trio, Massimo Pupillo/Malcolm McDowell/Gabriele Tinti, Taiko Saito, Marta Salogni & Tom Relleen, Brandon Seabrook, Skull Practitioners, Wadada Leo Smith & Orange Wave Electric, Sparks, Specime, Temps, Henry Threadgill Ensemble, Alan Wilkinson/Alex Ward/Jem Doulton, Venamoris, VHS Head, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Wobbly, billy woods & Kenny Segal, MC Yallah, Yetsuby, Various Music Perspective Vol 1

                      The Boomerang: Enhet För Fri Musik, Milford Graves with Arthur Doyle & Hugh Glover, Anna Homler & Richard Sanderson, Juju, Roland Kayn, Angus MacLise, Toshimaru Nakamura, Julien Ottavi, Joel Stern, Suicide, Lewis Taylor, Uboa, Alan Vega, Various Suburban Annihilation: The California Hardcore Explosion From The City To The Beach 1978–1983

                      Audrey Golden

                      I Thought I Heard You Speak : Women At Factory Records

                        Factory Records has become the stuff of legend. The histories of the label have been told from many perspectives, from visual catalogues and memoirs to exhibitions. Yet no in-depth history has ever been told from the perspectives of the women who were integral to Factory's cultural significance.

                        The untold history of Factory Records is one of women's work at nearly every turn: recording music, playing live gigs, running the label behind the scenes, managing and promoting bands, designing record sleeves, making films and music videos, pioneering sound technology, DJing, and running one of the most chaotic clubs on the planet, The Hacienda. Told entirely in their voices and featuring contributions from Gillian Gilbert, Gina Birch, Cath Carroll, Penny Henry and over fifty more interviewees, I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SPEAK is an oral history that reveals the true cultural reach of the label and its staying power in the twenty-first century.

                        Ronnie Spector

                        Be My Baby

                          Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest rock memoirs of all time, Be My Baby is the true story of how Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector carved out a space for herself against tremendous odds amid the chaos of the 1960s music scene and beyond. With an introduction by Keith Richards and a new epilogue from Ronnie. Ronnie Spector's first collaboration with producer Phil Spector, 'Be My Baby', stunned the world and shot girl group The Ronettes to stardom.

                          No one could sing as clearly, as emotively as Ronnie. But her voice was soon drowned out in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and lost in Ronnie and Phil's ensuing romance and marriage. Ronnie had to fight tooth and nail to wrest back control of her life, her music and her legacy.

                          And while she regained her footing, Ronnie found herself recording with Stevie Van Zandt, partying with David Bowie and touring with Bruce Springsteen. Smart, humorous and self-possessed, Be My Baby is a whirlwind account of the twists and turns in the life of an artist. More than anything, Be My Baby is a testament to the fact that it is possible to stand up to a powerful abuser and start on a second - or third, or fifth - act.

                          David Hepworth, Paul McCartney

                          Abbey Road : The Inside Story Of The World's Most Famous Recording Studio (with A Foreword By Paul McCartney)

                            With a foreword by Paul McCartney'It's semi-devotional -- a really special place' Florence Welch'There are certain things that are mythical. Abbey Road is mythical' Nile RodgersMany people will recognise the famous zebra crossing. Some visitors may have graffitied their name on its hallowed outer walls.

                            Others might even have managed to penetrate the iron gates. But what draws in these thousands of fans here, year after year? What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world?It may have begun life as an affluent suburban house, but it soon became a creative hub renowned around the world as a place where great music, ground-breaking sounds and unforgettable tunes were forged - nothing less than a witness to, and a key participant in, the history of popular music itself. What has been going on there for over ninety years has called for skills that are musical, creative, technical, mechanical, interpersonal, logistical, managerial, chemical and, romantics might be tempted add, close to magic.

                            This is for the people who believe in the magic.

                            Peter Hook

                            Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

                              'Genuinely funny; indeed, the story will keep you entertained for a very long time' - Sunday Times

                              Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the enduring alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the rollercoaster story of Joy Division - the friendships, fights, fall-outs; the rehearsals and recording sessions; the larger than life characters - told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

                              'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that' - Guardian

                              Will Oldham & Lori Damiano

                              Shorty’s Ark

                                ‘Shorty’s Ark’ is a book for young readers, a collaborative effort between singer Will Oldham and graphic artist Lori Damiano, based on work by Oldham and musician Matt Sweeney. Drawing inspiration from the story of Noah, ‘Shorty’s Ark’ names and pictures a wild variety of species to inform and engage an equal variety of young minds with the diversity that can be found around this great planet of ours. The flood stands as metaphor for current impending changes in our planet, and the story works as a springboard for understanding concepts of interdependency, diversity and extinction.

                                Colourfully illustrating as many creatures and their places as possible, ‘Shorty’s Ark’ is an earth-affirmative vision meant to stimulate the curiosity and passion of those who encounter it. Will Oldham makes songs, mostly out of his home in Louisville, KY where he lives with his wife Elsa Hansen Oldham and their daughter, Poppy Jo. Increasingly, Oldham’s lyrics make sense. He loves partnering up in order to make the strongest work; it was partnership that yielded the song ‘Shorty’s Ark’ (it can be heard on Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s ‘Superwolves’ album), and his partnership with Lori Damiano that make this book what it is.

                                Lori Damiano is an illustrator / animator / textile artist based in Oregon. She loves to tell stories in pictures made out of paint, yarn, or pixels. A lot of the stories she draws are based on observing her fellow earthlings.

                                Laurence Hedges

                                Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Early Years

                                  Monday 20th September 1976 saw one of the most unexpected moments in music history when what was to become one of the most iconic, important and mimicked bands of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s took to the stage at The 100 Club in Oxford Street, London. A last-minute addition to the '100 Club Punk Special' that included The Clash, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Damned, an unknown Siouxsie and The Banshees, comprising Sid Vicious, Steve Severin, Marco Pirroni and Siouxsie Sioux, unleashed twenty minutes of 'performance art' improvisation, featuring fragments of 'Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles', 'Twist And Shout' and 'Satisfaction'. 'The Lord's Prayer', which was to become a staple of Siouxsie and The Banshees' early live repertoire, was a white-noise assault on the senses and a barometer of the alienation many teenagers felt from the bloated nature of mid-1970s 'arena rock'.

                                  Several line-up changes later, in 1978, Siouxise and The Banshees were propelled into the pop stratosphere. Signed to a major record label, the band released 'Hong Kong Garden' and wrote one of the most influential post-punk albums of all time, The Scream, a savage critique of curtain-twitching suburbia, the cheap titillation of the tabloids, and the dangers of believing and following any one doctrine. 1979's Join Hands, influenced by the political landscape in Britain and further afield, and the catastrophic loss of life in World War One, was a milestone of the band's increasing maturity, from the adrenaline-fuelled stomp of 'Icon' to the phased guitar, saxophone and bells of 'Playground Twist'.

                                  After a tour fraught with fractiousness, a new line up with Slits' drummer Budgie and Magazine guitarist John McGeogh, together with Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin, released the band's most experimental album, Kaleidoscope, which was a heady mix of psychedelia and sonorous adventures including the singles 'Happy House' and 'Christine'. Siouxsie and The Banshees The Early Years explores the adventures, trials and tribulations of a band defying categorisation. Their uncompromising brilliance is exemplified by three unique albums, which are chronicled in the pages of this authoritative survey.

                                  Kae Tempest

                                  Divisible By Itself And One

                                    I want to sing you early songs. Go deeper. I want to take you back where you began,Find the scraps of you you hid in secretAnd bring them back to life beneath my tongue.

                                    Divisible by Itself and One is the powerful new collection from our foremost truth-teller Kae Tempest. Ruminative, wise, with a newer, more contemplative and metaphysical note running through, it is a book engaged with the big questions and the emotional states in which we live and create. Some of the poems experiment with form, some are free, and yet all are politically and morally conscious.

                                    Divisible by Itself and One is also a book about human form, the body as boundary and how we are read by the world. Taking its bearings - and title - from the prime number, Divisible by Itself and One is concerned, ultimately, with integrity: how to live in honest relationship with oneself and others. "Tempest delivers their thoughts gorgeously, rhythmically, but also with clarity and a fierce grace" Observer

                                    Simon Armitage

                                    Never Good With Horses - Signed Edition

                                      The first-ever collection of the Poet Laureate's lyric output.

                                      In Simon Armitage’s work, there has always been a territory he identifies as ‘a twilight zone’ where poetry and song lyric converge. He has explored it through numerous enterprises – most recently with the ‘ambient post-rock’ band Land Yacht Regatta. Many of the lyrics collected here were written for LYR. Others are drawn from Armitage’s days with the DIY indie band The Scaremongers, various film and theatre productions including Songbirds and the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings, and other miscellaneous ventures. The volume’s ‘Intro’ charts these projects and the blurred origins of ritualised language, while its ‘Outro’ offers contextualising notes and anecdotal insights.

                                      Never Good with Horses further demonstrates the rich range of Armitage’s repertoire and celebrates his ear for the music of language, harnessed here for the page.

                                      Michael Pedersen

                                      Boy Friends - A Memoir Of Joy, Grief And Male Friendship

                                        An intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland's brightest young talents.

                                        Ever feel like you were fated to be friends with someone? An alchemy in your meeting, instant fondness – part chemical, part kismet. This is how I’ve felt about every friend I’ve fallen in love with – none so much as you.

                                        In 2018, Michael Pedersen lost a most cherished friend soon after their collective voyage into the landscape and luminosity of the Scottish Highlands. Sitting at a desk at The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland, Michael begins to write to his departed friend – Scott Hutchison. What starts as a love letter to one magical, coruscating human soon becomes a paean to many friendships – perhaps all friendship.

                                        In Boy Friends, Pedersen confronts the bewildering process of grief. As memories rise to the surface – both heart-wrenching and hilarious – he recalls his younger self: the overly sensitive boy growing up in working-class Edinburgh; his befuddling stint in an ancient collegiate university; a short-lived, combustible career as a lawyer; and, foremost, the gorgeous male friendships that have transformed his life.

                                        Written to glitter, with intoxicating energy, Boy Friends is a powerful depiction of friendship and loss, a homage to the beauty of moments shared.

                                        Robin Turner

                                        Believe In Magic - Heavenly Recordings: The First 30 Years - Working Men's Club Exclusive Edition

                                          We're super excited to be able to get our hands on some of these limited edition version of this fantastic book. 

                                          This edition features an exclusive 7" single
                                           - Angel (part 1) b/w Angel (part 2) - from Piccadilly favourites Working Men’s Club. They blew us away with their live shows last year and we can't wait for their debut album. 

                                          You may have heard Angel in all its 12 minute glory in WMC’s legendary live sets. Here’s the studio version, produced by Ross Orton, split over both sides of a 7”.

                                          Heavenly was already a state of mind. Seemed like the right time to make it something really special. We were all deeply immersed in music that we loved. None of us could believe our fucking luck, really. (Jeff Barrett) 

                                          It was thirty years ago today - or thereabouts - that Heavenly came to be. In celebration of this big ol’ birthday comes Believe in Magic - a chronicle not only of Foxbase Alpha, Working Men’s Club and 28 of the releases in between that got the label to where it is today, but also of the haircuts, nights down the pub, pencil-eraser-carvings, cheese toasties, acid houses, Sunday Socials and lost Weekenders - Yorkshire and otherwise - that are as much a part of its story. 

                                          As Jeff Barrett puts it at the beginning of the book, if there’s a continuous theme that runs through all of this, I think it’s that everything comes down to conversations with people about music. It might seem like it all starts with someone on one side of the counter who is selling you something, or someone writing excitedly in a magazine telling you about a band you need to hear, but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen things as one-way transactions. It’s more an ongoing dialogue, one that never really stops and helps to build up this growing soundtrack to our lives, something that’s passed from one person to another. That’s really the ever-present thread. That’s why we still believe in magic. 

                                          Though we are three decades distant from The World According to Sly and Lovechild, lineup changes, ups, downs, and a good few office cleanups under the label’s belt, the Heavenly firm continue not to believe their fucking luck; at still being here, keepin’ on keepin’ on doing what they love, and at being able to pass all of this - then, now, and next week - on to you. 

                                          Believe in Magic is a fully illustrated history of one of the most colourful and exciting independent British record labels; a label responsible for creating satellite communities of fans around the country and at all the major festivals.
                                          After several years working at Factory and Creation, Heavenly Recordings was set up by Jeff Barrett in 1990 as the acid house revolution was in full swing; early releases set the tone and tempo for the mood of the decade to come - their first release was by perhaps the most revered acid house DJ of them all, Andrew Weatherall; and this was quickly followed by singles from St Etienne and Manic Street Preachers. 

                                          Heavenly was always different to other labels; more of a 'club' with a defiant spirit of inclusiveness, and in 1994 they set up The Heavenly Social, which alongside the Hacienda, became perhaps the most famous club in recent British history, where the Chemical Brothers made their name. 

                                          Over nearly 200 releases in thirty years Heavenly have consistently produced some of the most exciting music across all genres - dance, acid house, singer-songwriter, psych-garage - and this book collects rare photographs, ephemera, artwork into a celebration of a label that is, alongside Rough Trade and Factory, one of the most beloved institutions on the independent landscape. Running though the book are thirty stories, mostly told in the form of oral history by artists like James Dean Bradfield, Flowered Up, Beth Orton, Doves and Don Letts, which capture the presiding personality of the label, its bands and the people associated with its success. 

                                          Kate Bush

                                          How To Be Invisible

                                            Selected and arranged by the author, How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush in a beautiful new paperback edition featuring a new cover by illustrator Jim Kay. 'The greatest singer-songwriter of the past 40 years, whose work is complex, ethereal and filled with so many secrets that one can listen to the albums for decades and still discover new delights every time.

                                            There's not a spare word anywhere in Bush's work. Everything means something.' Irish Times

                                            Steven Wilson & Mick Wall

                                            Limited Edition Of One

                                              The more I thought about it, the more I realised my career has been unusual. How did I manage to do everything wrong but still end up on the front cover of magazines, headlining world tours and achieving Top 5 albums? How did I attract such obsessive and fanatical fans, many of whom take everything I do or say very personally, which is simultaneously flattering but can also be tremendously frustrating? Even this I somehow cultivated without somehow meaning to. My accidental career.

                                              Limited Edition of One is unlike any other music book you will ever have read. Part the long-awaited memoir of Steven Wilson: whose celebrated band Porcupine Tree began as teenage fiction before unintentionally evolving into a reality that encompassed Grammy-nominated records and sold-out shows around the world, before he set out for an even more successful solo career. Part the story of a twenty-first century artist who achieved chart-topping mainstream success without ever becoming part of the mainstream.

                                              From Abba to Stockhausen, via a collection of conversations and thought pieces on the art of listening, the rules of collaboration, lists of lists, personal stories, professional adventurism (including food, film, TV, modern art), old school rock stardom, how to negotiate an obsessive fanbase and survive on social media, and dream-fever storytelling.

                                              Philip Watson

                                              Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer : The Guitarist Who Changed The Sound Of American Music

                                                The definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Frisell. FEATURING EXCLUSIVE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH: Paul Simon; Justin Vernon of Bon Iver; Gus Van Sant; Rhiannon Giddens; The Bad Plus; Gavin Bryars; Van Dyke Parks; Sam Amidon; Hal Willner; Jim Woodring; Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill'A beautiful and long overdue portrait of one of America's true living cultural treasures.'JOHN ZORN'The perfect companion-piece to the music of its subject.'MOJO'Outlines the subject's life in a series of scrupulous strokes and intimate interviews that are rare in such undertakings . .

                                                . a cool, casual victory.'IRISH TIMESOver a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today. A quietly revolutionary guitar hero for our genre-blurring times, he connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Gus Van Sant and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, all of whom feature in this book.

                                                A vital addition to any music lover's book collection, Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer tells the legendary guitarist's story for the first time. 'Stuffed with musical encounters, so many that every couple of pages there's an unheard Frisell recording for the reader to chase down.'NEW YORKER'Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer is the definitive biography.'BILL MILKOWSKI, DOWNBEAT'Superb . .

                                                . the book races along like Sonny Rollins in full sail. Like subject, like writer: this is super-articulate, adventurous prose.'PERSPECTIVE'[Watson's] writing balances unbridled passion and dispassionate research nearly as deftly as Mr.

                                                Frisell's playing does sound and silence . . .

                                                compelling.'WALL STREET JOURNAL

                                                John Robb

                                                The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth - SIGNED EDITION

                                                  The first ever complete overview of Goth culture will be released in 2023.

                                                  Finally, after a decade of work, countless interviews and immersing himself into the culture, John Robb's definitive book is a journey far into The Art Of Darkness. The first in-depth book on Goth is a deep dive into the enduring culture and the social, historical and political backdrop that created the space for The Art Of Darkness to thrive.

                                                  680 pages with interviews with the likes of Andrew Eldritch, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Cult, The Banshees, The Damned, Einsturzende Neubauten, Danielle Dax, Johnny Marr, Trent Reznor, Adam Ant, Laibach, The Cure, Nick Cave and many others, this is a deepdive and walk on the dark side and into the very heartland of Goth.

                                                  Every generation has got to deal with the blues - embrace the melancholy. Find a beauty in the darkness, a poetry in sex and death...Whether it’s the Roman love of ghost stories, European macabre folk tales of the Middle Ages, Romantic poets, or the original Gothic tribes sacking the Eternal City, a walk on the dark side has always had its attractions. In the post-punk period, Generation Xerox saw music, clothes and culture come together to create one of the most enduring pop cultures of them all that still resonates to this day..
                                                  It may have been a retrospective term for a scene that was already thriving, but its back story goes back millennia. The book starts with the fall of Rome and ends with Instagram and Tik Tok influencers, taking diversions through Lord Byron, European folk tales, Indian sadhus, Gothic architecture, Romantic poets, philosophers and idealists before coalescing through the dark end of the Sixties’ youthquake, and then blooming like Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs Du Mal in the post-punk period.

                                                  Defying the broken heartland of the post-industrial cities, the semi-forgotten satellite towns and the grim real politic of the Thatcher years, this was a post-punk culture full of dark dance and a death disco. The music soundtracked the style and a Stygian obsidian soundtrack fused the many fragments of culture that had been flirted with in the post-war pop narrative; a darker culture that began to coalesce around the holy trinity of the Doors, the Velvets and the Stooges in the late Sixties before flirting with glam rock, being amplified by punk, exploding as Goth, and then splintering into electronic dance music, industrial, psychobilly and new Goth, before finally filtering through dystopian Hollywood blockbusters, modern literature and throughout the modern world.

                                                  In the late Seventies, Goth culture emerged around a clutch of bands who found a new form of beauty in the apocalyptic foreboding, as a new youth tribe took glam rock from the catwalk to the cobbles and onto their own dance floors, creating their own art of darkness.

                                                  Andy Spinoza

                                                  Manchester Unspun : Pop, Property And Power In The Original Modern City

                                                    At the end of the 1970s, Manchester seemed to be sliding into the dustbin of history. Today the city is an international destination for culture and sport, and one of the fastest-growing urban regions in Europe. This book offers a first-hand account of what happened in between.

                                                    Arriving in Manchester as a wide-eyed student in 1979, Andy Spinoza went on to establish the arts magazine City Life before working for the Manchester Evening News and creating his own PR firm. In a forty-year career he has encountered a who's who of Manchester personalities, from cultural icons such as Tony Wilson to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and influential council leaders Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein. His remarkable account traces Manchester's gradual emergence from its post-industrial malaise, centring on the legendary nightclub the Hacienda and the cultural renaissance it inspired.

                                                    Manchester unspun begins in the gloom of a city still bearing the scars of the Second World War and ends among the shiny towers of an aspiring twenty-first-century metropolis. It is an insider's tale of deals done, government and corporate decision-making, nightclubs, music and entrepreneurs. -- .

                                                    Emma Warren

                                                    Dance Your Way Home : A Journey Through The Dancefloor

                                                      This book is about the kind of ordinary dancing you and I might do in our kitchens when a favourite tune comes on. It's more than a social history: it's a set of interconnected histories of the overlooked places where dancing happens . .

                                                      . Why do we dance together? What does dancing tells us about ourselves, individually and collectively? And what can it do for us? Whether it be at home, '80s club nights, Irish dancehalls or reggae dances, jungle raves or volunteer-run spaces and youth centres, Emma Warren has sought the answers to these questions her entire life. Dancing doesn't just refract the music and culture within which it evolves; it also generates new music and culture.

                                                      When we speak only of the music, we lose part of the story - the part that finds us dancing as children on the toes of adults; the half that triggers communication across borders and languages; the part that finds us worried that we'll never be able to dance again, and the part that finds us wondering why we were ever nervous in the first place. At the intersection of memoir, social and cultural history, Dance Your Way Home is an intimate foray onto the dancefloor - wherever and whenever it may be - that speaks to the heart of what it is that makes us move.

                                                      Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

                                                      You Are Beautiful And You Are Alone : The Biography Of Nico

                                                        A redemptive, myth-shattering biography of one of the twentieth century's most underestimated creative and artistic forces.

                                                        'What I have in common with Nico is the understanding of her furious frustration at not being recognised.' - MARIANNE FAITHFULL

                                                        The real story of Nico is one of determination, self-destruction and belief in one's artistic vision, at any cost. Nico was an ever-evolving myth, an enigma that escaped definition. Born Christa Paffgen, Nico grew up in war-torn Berlin before being scouted by a fashion photographer in her early teens. At age twenty-seven, she became Andy Warhol's newest Superstar, securing the position of chanteuse for the Velvet Underground. Though she is primarily remembered for contributions to their seminal debut album - and her relationships with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison - her own artistry and influence have often been overlooked.

                                                        Nico spent most of her career as a solo artist on the road, enduring empty concert halls, abusive fans and the perilous reality of being a drug addict. Yet beneath the superficial denigrations and one-dimensional myths was a complicated visionary determined to make art that was truly her own. In You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone, defying the sexist casting of her life as the tragedy of a beautiful woman losing her looks, youth and fame, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike cements Nico's legacy as one of the most vital artists of her time, inspiring a generation of luminaries including Bjoerk, Morrissey and Iggy Pop.

                                                        Containing over a hundred new interviews and rare archival material, this is an empowering reappraisal of an underappreciated icon.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Javi says: One of the most enigmatic, problematic, and chameleonic figures in alternative music's history, who finally gets the biography she deserves. Iconic - Controversial - Nico.

                                                        Tom Service

                                                        The Listening Service: 101 Journeys Through The Musical Universe

                                                          Based on his critically-acclaimed BBC Radio 3 programme The Listening Service, in which Tom Service takes an idea on an ear-opening and mind-expanding walk through the musical landscape every week, this book is a celebration of music's multi-dimensional power in our lives. With 101 short chapters based on the programmes and grouped thematically the book will open ears and imaginations to find answers to the questions we all have about why and how music - from Toots and the Maytals and J S Bach, Gustav Mahler and Miley Cyrus, to Anna Meredith and Mozart - works its magic over us. With direct links to the programmes using a QR code, the chapters draw on powerful and communicative anecdotes and analogies, as well as the latest scientific research, and above all, a spirit of discovery and connection across genres, cultures, and histories. At its heart is the conviction that music changes us.

                                                          Mark Mordue

                                                          Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

                                                            A brilliant and soulful biography of one of today's most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Nick Cave.

                                                            An intensely beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

                                                            A powerful account of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark rivers and ghost gums of country-town Australia to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and manic energy of the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb. Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

                                                            Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

                                                            The Art Of The Straight Line : My Tai Chi

                                                              The Art of the Straight Line captures the energy of Lou Reed's worlds of Tai Chi, music, and meditation. It was edited by his wife, the artist Laurie Anderson. Lou Reed was a musician, singer, songwriter, poet, and founding member of the legendary rock band the Velvet Underground.

                                                              He collaborated with many artists, from Andy Warhol and John Cale to Robert Wilson and Metallica. Reed had a groundbreaking solo career that spanned five decades until his death in 2013. Reed was also an accomplished martial artist whose practice began in the 1980s.

                                                              He studied with Chen Tai Chi pioneer Master Ren GuangYi. This book is a comprehensive collection of Reed's writings on Tai Chi. It includes conversations with Reed's fellow musicians, artists, friends, and Tai Chi practitioners, including Julian Schnabel, A.M.

                                                              Homes, Hal Willner, Mingyur Rinpoche, Eddie Stern, Tony Visconti, and Iggy Pop. The Art of the Straight Line features Reed's unpublished writings on the technique, practice, and purpose of martial arts, as well as essays, observations, and riffs on meditation and life.

                                                              Cosey Fanni Tutti

                                                              Re-sisters : The Lives And Recordings Of Delia Derbyshire, Margery Kempe And Cosey Fanni Tutti

                                                                From the acclaimed author of Art Sex Music comes a vital meditation on womanhood, creativity and self-expression, and a revelatory exploration into the lives of three visionary artists. 'A fascinating tale of the interlinking lives of three legendary trailblazers.'SALENA GODDEN'Re-sisters emanates an enthralling power.'JUDE ROGERS, MOJO'Cosey Fanni Tutti has lived the life and has the stories to tell: not just hers, but those of two other still unheralded female pioneers.'JON SAVAGEMyself , Delia and Margery - a trinity of the sacred and profane , sinners and saints of a kind. Three defiant women with our individual, unconventional attitude to life.

                                                                Untameable spirits, progressive thinkers living within the inherent societal constraints of our times. In 2018, boundary-breaking visual and sonic artist Cosey Fanni Tutti received a commission to write the soundtrack to a film about Delia Derbyshire, the pioneering electronic composer who influenced the likes of Aphex Twin and the Chemical Brothers. While researching Delia's life, Cosey became immersed in Derbyshire's story and uncovered some fascinating parallels with her own life.

                                                                At the same time Cosey began reading about Margery Kempe, the 15th century mystic visionary who wrote the first English language autobiography. Re-sisters is the story of three women consumed by their passion for life, a passion they expressed through music, art and lifestyle; they were undaunted by the consequences they faced in pursuit of enriching their lives, and fiercely challenged the societal and cultural norms of their time. 'An impeccably researched meditation on womanhood as viewed through the lives of three firebrands.'FIONA STURGES, GUARDIAN'Awe-inspiring.

                                                                Read these revelatory portraits: this book is for anybody who wants to discover the work of three women who, without fanfare, have enriched our world.'ROBERT WYATT'Passionate, original and fiercely defiant.'RUPERT THOMSON

                                                                Dave Rimmer

                                                                Like Punk Never Happened : New Expanded Edition

                                                                  The definitive account of the first rise and fall of Boy George and Culture Club, and British pop music in the 1980s. NEW EXPANDED EDITION, WITH A FOREWORD BY NEIL TENNANTFEATURES A BONUS CHAPTER ON DURAN DURAN AND A NEW AFTERWORD'Speaks from the centure of pop's beating heart.' DYLAN JONES'Fascinating.' NEW YORK TIMES'A controversial and honest account.' NME'Music journalism at its best.' THE WORDA story of money, sex, stardom, screaming fans and forgotten ideals, Like Punk Never Happened is Dave Rimmer's witty, authoritative, fast-moving and provocative insider account of the roller-coaster ride that was Boy George & Culture Club and the new '80s pop. 'Rimmer is among the most entertaining writers ever to pen a rock book.'ROCK AND ROLL CONFIDENTIAL'The funniest, smartest book I know about the connections between pop glitter and real-life human passion, the erotics of fandom, or the dirty details.'ROB SHEFFIELD, author of Talking to Girls about Duran Duran'As sharp a study of British pop as we'll get.'SIMON FRITH, CITY LIMITS

                                                                  Tim Burgess

                                                                  The Listening Party

                                                                    The Charlatans' Tim Burgess invites you to the greatest listening party of all time.

                                                                    In 2020 when the world was forced to hit pause on live in-person gigs, Tim Burgess found an ingenious way to bring people together by inviting artists and bands, from Paul McCartney and New Order to Michael Kiwanuka and Kylie, to host real-time album playbacks via Twitter. Relive 100 of the most memorable listening parties here with stories from bands and fans, rarely seen backstage images, and unique insider info from those who created these iconic albums.

                                                                    "Hey Twitter, let's all say a big thanks to Tim for these brilliant events this year! We really needed them. So much great music being talked about.'" - Sir Paul McCartney

                                                                    "Twitter being used for something really positive." - Mary Beard

                                                                    Dave Grohl

                                                                    The Storyteller : Tales Of Life And Music

                                                                      So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ('It's a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!'), I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.

                                                                      This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters...the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.

                                                                      Nick Cave And Seán O'Hagan

                                                                      Faith, Hope And Carnage

                                                                        Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave's inner life.

                                                                        Created from over forty hours of intimate conversations with Sean O'Hagan, it is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave's own words, of what really drives his life and creativity.

                                                                        The book examines questions of faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love. It draws candidly on Cave's life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic and his dramatic transformation in recent years. From a place of considered reflection, Faith, Hope and Carnage offers ladders of hope and inspiration from a true creative visionary.

                                                                        Nick Cave And Seán O'Hagan

                                                                        Faith, Hope And Carnage

                                                                          Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave's inner life. Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with the journalist Sean O'Hagan, this is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave's own words, of what really drives his life and creativity. The book examines questions of belief, art, music, freedom, grief and love.

                                                                          It draws candidly on Cave's life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic and his dramatic transformation in recent years. Faith, Hope and Carnage offers ladders of hope and inspiration from a true creative visionary.

                                                                          Wu Lyf

                                                                          LYF011 - Archives 1998-2012

                                                                            A Celebration of the glimpses of gold that characterised WU LYF’s short reign-Featuring New Essays, Original Art, Photography & Lyrics.

                                                                            Whilst preparing the 10th Anniversary Re-issue of the Singular WU LYF LP- "Go Tell Fire to the Mountain" a long forgotten hard drive was unearthed that held a pristine archive of the golden years of the LYF's creative output.
                                                                            On it we found many snapshots of early Live Performances, Scans of all the Collaged Art works and Paintings, numerous Beautiful Photos captured by Friends and Lovers.

                                                                            For those directly involved browsing over it provoked some giddy nostalgia for a well spent youth - a glorification of what was and some starry eyed speculation as to what could have been…

                                                                            The conversation then arose that it would be a real shame to leave the work of WU LYF entirely overlooked in cultural history, lost to the sands of time, left as mere digital ash decaying in discarded digital urns.

                                                                            So why not share it all?

                                                                            Featuring text by and interviews by our very own Liam with Joe, Tom, Ellery and Evans. Plus additional text by Warren (War God) Bramley, JD Beauvalet, Matt Wilkinson, Beatrice Miniconi, Mino Tristovskij & Sean Wood.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Liam says: In 2021, I had the privilege of being able to contribute to the LYF ARCHIVES 1998-2012 by interviewing members Ellery, Joe and Tom. Fast forward to July of this year, LYF ARCHIVES saw life. Documenting the short but spirited life of this seminal band, this is a must for anyone who followed the WU in any capacity during their brief existence.


                                                                            Acid For The Children - The Autobiography Of Flea, The Red Hot Chili Peppers Legend

                                                                              Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star. Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 16, 1962. His more famous stage name, Flea, and his wild ride as the renowned bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers was in a far and distant future.

                                                                              Little Michael from Oz moved with his very conservative, very normal family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother's free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend - trading in rules, stability, and barbecues for bohemian values, wildness, and Sunday afternoon jazz parties where booze, weed, and music flowed in equal measure. There began Michael's life-long journey to channel all the frustration, loneliness, love, and joy he felt into incredible rhythm.

                                                                              When Michael's family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. He sought out a sense of belonging elsewhere, spending most of his days partying, playing basketball, and committing petty crimes. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis, who quickly became his soul brother, the yin to his yang, his partner in mischief.

                                                                              Michael joined some bands, fell in love with performing, and honed his skills. But it wasn't until the night when Anthony, excited after catching a Grandmaster Flash concert, suggested they start their own band that he is handed the magic key to the cosmic kingdom. Acid for the Children is as raw, entertaining and wildly unpredictable as its author.

                                                                              It's both a tenderly evocative coming of age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity

                                                                              Adelle Stripe And Lias Saoudi

                                                                              Ten Thousand Apologies : Fat White Family And The Miracle Of Failure

                                                                                SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'The story of a band that's always on the brink: of stardom, of madness, of brilliance, of disgrace' Miranda Sawyer, Observer'You begin to wonder why more biographies aren't tackled with such invention' Record Collector'This book is a rarity' Mark Lanegan'One of the finest music books in aeons' Kevin BarryFrom the mountains of Algeria to the squats of South London via sectarian Northern Ireland, Ten Thousand Apologies is the sordid and thrilling story of the country's most notorious cult band, Fat White Family. Loved and loathed in equal measure since their formation in 2011, the relentlessly provocative, stunningly dysfunctional "drug band with a rock problem" have dedicated themselves to constant chaos and total creative freedom at all costs. Like a tragicomic penny dreadful dreamed up by a mutant hybrid of Jean Genet, the Dadaists and Mark E.

                                                                                Smith, the Fat Whites' story is a frequently jaw-dropping epic of creative insurrection, narcotic excess, mental illness, wanderlust, self-sabotage, fractured masculinity, and the ruthless pursuit of absolute art. Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional that does not seek forgiveness. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family's disgraceful and radiant jihad - a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era.

                                                                                Brian Eno

                                                                                A Year With Swollen Appendices : Brian Eno's Diary

                                                                                  The diary and essays of Brian Eno republished twenty-five years on with a new introduction by the artist in a beautiful hardback edition. 'One of the seminal books about music . .

                                                                                  . an invaluable insight into the mind and working practices of one of the industry's undeniable geniuses.'GUARDIANAt the end of 1994, musician, producer and artist Brian Eno resolved to keep a diary. His plans to go to the cinema, theatre and galleries fell through quickly.

                                                                                  What he did do - and write - however, was astonishing: ruminations on his collaborative work with artists including David Bowie, U2, James and Jah Wobble, interspersed with correspondence and essays dating back to 1978. These 'appendices' covered topics from the generative and ambient music Eno pioneered to what he believed the role of an artist and their art to truly be, alongside razor-sharp commentary on his day-to-day tribulations and happenings around the world. A fascinating, candid and intimate insight into one of the most influential creative artists of our time, A Year with Swollen Appendices is an essential classic, reissued for a new generation of readers.

                                                                                  This beautiful 25th anniversary paperback edition has been re-designed in A5, the same size as the diary that eventually became this book. It features two ribbons, pink paper delineating the appendices (matching the original hardback edition) and a two-tone cover that pays homage to the original design.

                                                                                  Stefano Tarquini

                                                                                  Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like: The Dark Side Of The Moon On Vinyl

                                                                                    Any Colour You Like – The Dark Side Of The Moon On Vinyl is the result of Stefano Tarquini's lifelong quest and gathers together the 700 currently known variations of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece on record. They are all there, from the first March 1973 UK edition with solid blue prism labels, to the most obscure pressings from Nicaragua and Mozambique and everything in between.

                                                                                    Each country has its entry with all known releases – test pressings, promotional copies, stock copies and miss-pressings, all clearly arranged in chronological order with all necessary specifications and complemented by a thousand images of labels and packaging details. The book deliberately refrains from a valuation of the various pressings as nothing is more subjective and volatile than the value of records.

                                                                                    Author Stefano Tarquini, Mr Pinky as he is lovingly known, has spent a major part of his life collecting records by Pink Floyd. His eye for detail and knowledge of the band’s official output on vinyl since 1967 makes him a grateful source of information for fellow collectors and countless publications in Italy and all over the world. He is the founder of the Italian collectors club The Lunatics and has curated various online resources dedicated to the band including the Mr Pinky Discography.

                                                                                    Greg Wilson’s Discotheque Archives

                                                                                    Extended Hardback Version (2023)

                                                                                      In January 2023, Discotheque Archives will be made available as an extended hardback. It includes 20 extra sections, with additional DJs, records, venues and labels, which fill in some of the gaps from the original series, and comes complete with a number of new Pete Fowler DJ illustrations, plus a comprehensive index that lists around 750 records referenced in the book’s pages.

                                                                                      Having originally unfurled as a monthly series for DJ Magazine, Discotheque Archives was first issued in book form two years ago, during lockdown, as a limited run paperback. The hope was that it would sell 250 copies, with a best-case scenario target of 500, but the response exceeded all expectations and the final amount swelled to 1600 in a matter of weeks. Putting a cap on things at this point, the intention has since been to extend the book for future publication.

                                                                                      Highlighting the pre-rave era, taking in the DJs, clubs and music that laid the groundwork on which a now global dance culture was built, Discotheque Archives can be purchased via the sales link at the foot of the page.

                                                                                      GILLES PETERSON

                                                                                      What a brilliant collection of stories from @dj_greg_wilson… Focus on key clubs and DJ’s that created the foundation for clubbing today… I can’t recommend it enough. Great work made with love and passion.

                                                                                      RICHARD SEARLING

                                                                                      Wow! What a brilliant new book from legendary club DJ @djgregwilson. From the Casino to the Haçienda and beyond. It’s a must-have for all lovers of the dance underground scene.

                                                                                      COLLEEN ‘COSMO’ MURPHY

                                                                                      I thought this would be a ‘bathroom book’ but I ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting! Greg’s knowledge of this scene and his journalistic skills are brought together in a series of must-read snapshots about the people, places and songs integral to the development of dance music.

                                                                                      JOHN MORALES

                                                                                      A great freakin’ book.

                                                                                      LES SPAINE

                                                                                      Whether you’re just starting out as a DJ or a have been doing it since God was a boy, Discotheque Archives by Greg Wilson is a must have addition to your reading collection.

                                                                                      IRVINE WELSH

                                                                                      Given this beautiful book by @dj_greg_wilson which is utterly amazing. A treasure chest of the very best of dance music culture.

                                                                                      PAUL MURPHY

                                                                                      Memories of the way we were and all that. Great idea the cartoon covers. Forever young so to speak.

                                                                                      TERRY FARLEY

                                                                                      Really enjoyable and informative

                                                                                      DANNY RAMPLING

                                                                                      A few bits of history on the UK side I was unaware of, great book thanks, wish you success.

                                                                                      MIKE PICKERING

                                                                                      Love the book, congratulations

                                                                                      LUKE UNA

                                                                                      Your book is 100/100. So good Greg.


                                                                                      A lovely little thing that book is!

                                                                                      NORMAN JAY MBE

                                                                                      A must read from the David Attenborough of Disco.

                                                                                      Third Man Books Present

                                                                                      Maggot Brain (Issue #11)

                                                                                        Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content – art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more – with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page.

                                                                                        ON THE COVER: This issue is dedicated to the memory of astral traveling saxophone colossus PHAROAH SANDERS, with a tremendous evaluation of his most important work by the great music writer Andy Beta as the cover feature, rare images by Leni Sinclair, and a brief remembrance by film director Jeff Feuerzeig.

                                                                                        COLUMNS: - Lucy Sante - New column is about her collage practice, which was unknown until recently. Unsurprisingly it’s great work. - Mimi Lipson – Returns with another advice column filled with warmth, humor, and even advice.

                                                                                        JAZZ ROUNDTABLE – with Ben Jaffe, Sam Cohen, Bekah Flynn, and Makaya McCraven: New Orleans’ entire history as refracted through the work of Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an absolutely deep and important piece we are so stoked for.

                                                                                        THINKING FELLERS – An overview related to new reissues, written by none other than your favorite writer from Bananafish.

                                                                                        SOME CHURCHES – Amazing images of small churches, rural and urban, from the collection of the Library of Congress.

                                                                                        ALSO FEATURING: MICK COLLINS – Tremendous career-spanning feature on the Gories/Dirtbombs frontman by the great RJ Smith. LAMBCHOP – A great new album for Merge and an expansive theater piece Kathy Lindenmayer goes deep with leader Kurt Wagner. XV – Detroit’s new no wave supergroup deconstructs an interview, with musician Adam Taub. GHOST RIDERS – ‘60s/‘70s North American downer psych-pop/ garage “Coming of Age Garage Ballads,” Glen Morren turns in a lengthy overview. ERNEST HOOD – A feature on the heralded Pac NW ambient composer, amazing ephemera to choose from courtesy the RVNG peeps. THE HI RHYTHM SECTION - Tennie, Charles, and Leroy! An often hilarious feature by Jason Gross from Perfect Sound Forever. EDEL RODRIGUEZ – Contemporary Cuban-American graphic artist interviewed by Britt Daniel from Spoon – they’ve collaborated together. WEDNESDAY KNUDSEN – An overview of the work of this genius rural Massachusetts- based contemporary zone folk goddess, by Michelle Dove. ALPACA BROTHERS – In depth feature by Matt Goody (whose new book on Flying Nun’s history is a must). MATTHEW DICKMAN – The great skater poet and poet/skater, introduced by Alex Behr. CHARLES GILLAM SR – Gabe from Desert Island interviews the New Orleans-based music obsessive and folk artist. KING KONG – Former Homestead Records honcho Ken Katkin is here with ten trenchant observations on a reunion show by Louisville’s finest.

                                                                                        Rick Rubin

                                                                                        The Creative Act : A Way Of Being

                                                                                          Many famed music producers are known for a particular sound that has its day and then ages out. Rick Rubin is known for something else: creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer. He has made a practice of helping people transcend their self-imposed expectations in order to reconnect with a state of innocence from which the surprising becomes inevitable.

                                                                                          Over the years, as he has thought deeply about where creativity comes from and where it doesn't, he has learned that being an artist isn't about your specific output; it's about your relationship to the world. Creativity has a place in everyone's life, and everyone can make that place larger. In fact, there are few more important responsibilities.

                                                                                          The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distils the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime's work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments - and lifetimes - of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.

                                                                                          Dan Charnas

                                                                                          Dilla Time : The Life And Afterlife Of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm

                                                                                            'This book is a must for everyone interested in illuminating the idea of unexplainable genius' - QUESTLOVEEqual parts biography, musicology, and cultural history, Dilla Time chronicles the life and legacy of J Dilla, a musical genius who transformed the sound of popular music for the twenty-first century. He wasn't known to mainstream audiences, and when he died at age thirty-two, he had never had a pop hit. Yet since his death, J Dilla has become a demigod, revered as one of the most important musical figures of the past hundred years.

                                                                                            At the core of this adulation is innovation: as the producer behind some of the most influential rap and R&B acts of his day, Dilla created a new kind of musical time-feel, an accomplishment on a par with the revolutions wrought by Louis Armstrong and James Brown. Dilla and his drum machine reinvented the way musicians play. In Dilla Time, Dan Charnas chronicles the life of James DeWitt Yancey, from his gifted Detroit childhood to his rise as a sought-after hip-hop producer to the rare blood disease that caused his premature death.

                                                                                            He follows the people who kept Dilla and his ideas alive. And he rewinds the histories of American rhythms: from the birth of Motown soul to funk, techno, and disco. Here, music is a story of what happens when human and machine times are synthesized into something new.

                                                                                            This is the story of a complicated man and his machines; his family, friends, partners, and celebrity collaborators; and his undeniable legacy. Based on nearly two hundred original interviews, and filled with graphics that teach us to feel and "see" the rhythm of Dilla's beats, Dilla Time is a book as defining and unique as J Dilla's music itself. Financial Times Music Book of the Year 2022

                                                                                            Morgan Howell

                                                                                            At 45 RPM

                                                                                              Morgan Howell paints classic 7” singles and takes into account every crease, every tear, every imperfection—producing a one-off, truly unique artwork, almost identical to the owner’s original copy, but blown up, supersize, to 70 by 70 cm, and three-dimensional, with the spindle in the centre, as if the record is ready to play.

                                                                                              This completely original approach has resulted in Howell attracting a cult following amongst art collectors and musicians alike—with paintings commissioned by the likes of Neil Diamond, Jude Law, Edgar Wright, and The Stone Roses' Ian Brown, and major music labels selecting the artist’s work for display in their headquarters, indeed, Howell’s painting of David Bowie’s The Jean Genie is displayed at the Sony Music Building in London, and Yesterday by The Beatles has been shown at the Capitol Building in L.A.

                                                                                              Morgan Howell at 45rpm, published by Black Dog Press, beautifully documents 95 of Howell’s creations, from “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard to “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, to “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones, to “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks. The artworks are shown in full, alongside evocative commentaries from fans of Howell's work, including The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, comedian Al Murray, journalist Tony Parsons, actress Kay Mellor, Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder, producer William Orbit and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

                                                                                              The book features forewords by Sir Peter Blake and Andrew Marr, plus an in-depth interview with Morgan Howell, exploring his process as an artist and why, for him, music and art are intrinsically linked. With a format perfectly designed to fit on record shelves, this book is a must for vinyl junkies, music heads and art lovers everywhere.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Laura says: Morgan's artwork is incredible! He currently has an exhibition at the ABC Gallery on Quay Street until 19th December. Go and check it out!!

                                                                                              Vintage Disco Biscuit

                                                                                              The Art Of Ecstasy

                                                                                                The Vintage Disco Biscuit Artbook is a 376 page luxury 9” x 9” hardback book including a historic foreword of ecstasy, penned by Mr. C. It contains 100 full colour photos in astounding macro detail of various tablets throughout the years (try to find your favourite! - Ed), plus 85 original Disco Biscuit compositions.

                                                                                                A series of 100 stories have been collated for the book, from individuals of different nationalities, cultures, genders and sexual orientations from the global clubbing scene to discuss the diversity, inclusivity and love house music has given the world since the 1980s.

                                                                                                Contributions from: Rusty Egan, Adamski, Dave Little, Trevor Fung, Dave Beer, Bez, Marshall Jefferson, Sen I, Jimmy Dean, Dr Sessa, Professor Nutt and Robert Owens.

                                                                                                Beautifully presented, with highly detailed photography and genuinely inspired and / or comedic written content; the book’s an excellent read for anyone with a passing interest in Shulgin’s chemical phenomenon and its symbiosis with dance music culture. The ultimate coffee table book for the acid house generation! 

                                                                                                Get Familiar Magazine

                                                                                                Issue 04

                                                                                                  Get Familiar Magazine is an independent and award-winning print publication that explores the intersection between hip-hop and the world around us. Without requiring you to be a fan of the music, our long-form interviews tell the universal stories of global tastemakers active in a wide range of industries - using hip-hop as the vehicle through which we address past, present and future socio-political issues. From music to literature and photography to politics, we strive to have our content reflect the versatility of the genres influence.

                                                                                                  Includes interviews with: KELEFA SANNEH - CHÉ NOIR - KOJEY RADICAL - KOFFEE - GEORGE THE POET - EARL SWEATSHIRT

                                                                                                  The Face

                                                                                                  Winter 2022

                                                                                                    What’s hot and what’s not, what’s shrinking and what’s inflating, what goths eat and what they don’t, who has fangs and who doesn’t, and an interview with the hand from The Addams Family (you heard).

                                                                                                    Stuart Braithwaite

                                                                                                    Spaceships Over Glasgow - Indie Record Store Edition

                                                                                                      Signed & slipcase with exclusive colourway. Plus, bonus hardback folio ‘Photographic Evidence’, featuring previously unseen photographs from throughout the band’s career.

                                                                                                      Born the son of Scotland’s last telescope-maker, Stuart Braithwaite was perhaps always destined for a life of psychedelic adventuring on the furthest frontiers of noise in MOGWAI, one of the best loved and most groundbreaking post-rock bands of the past three decades.

                                                                                                      Modestly delinquent at school, Stuart developed an early appetite for ‘alternative’ music in what might arguably be described as its halcyon days, the late 80s. Discovering bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Jesus and Mary Chain, and attending seminal gigs (often incongruously incognito as a young girl with long hair to compensate for his babyface features) by The Cure and Nirvana, Stuart compensated for his indifference to school work with a dedication to rock and roll … and of course the fledgling hedonism that comes with it.

                                                                                                      After an initial outing in the unfortunately (and provocatively named), Pregnant Nun, Stuart – alongside teenage friends Dominic Aitchison and Martin Bulloch - upgrades the band name to MOGWAI. They release their first single ‘Tuner/Lower’ in 1996. Championed by the legendary John Peel, and making a name for themselves for tinnitus-inducing live shows, MOGWAI’S subsequent single ‘Summer’ is named Single of the Week in NME. Their first album, Mogwai Young Team, follows to significant critical acclaim.

                                                                                                      Spaceships Over Glasgow is a lovesong to live rock and roll; to the passionate abandon we’ve all felt in the crowd (and some of us, if lucky enough, from the stage) at a truly incendiary rock and roll show. It is also the story of a life lived on the edge; of the high-times and hazardous pit-stops of international touring with a band of misfits and miscreants.

                                                                                                      Lee Brackstone, Publisher at White Rabbit said: ‘MOGWAI have blown my head apart live on many occasions; Stuart’s book has the equivalent impact on the page. A chronicle of a life lived on the stage making truly contemporary psychedelic music, Spaceships Over Glasgow is the first book told from the source about a band who have truly lived the rock n roll lifestyle, survived, and thrived, to create some of the most powerful post-rock music of the past two decades plus.’

                                                                                                      Jim Ottewill

                                                                                                      Out Of Space : How UK Cities Shaped Rave Culture

                                                                                                        Since the dawn of time, humans have had the urge to come together and move to music. It may have started in caves but these days it happens in clubs often found in the shady corners of our towns and cities. Or at least it did until these places began to march to the beat of property developers rather than DJs. In London in the five years to 2016, half of the clubs were lost while a further quarter have been removed in the devastation of Covid. So what now? At this critical moment, 'Out of Space' plots a course through the spaces and unlikely locations club culture has found a home. From Glasgow to Margate via Manchester, Sheffield and unlikely dance music meccas such as Coalville and Todmorden, it maps the key cities and towns where electronic music has thrived, it currently dances and the spaces it might be headed to next. It explores how urban landscapes have acted as a home for other shades of club music too such as pirate radio, dance music festivals, soundsystem culture and more.



                                                                                                          At the height of his initial, turn-of-the-1990's infamy as the maraca-wielding dancer with 'Madchester' giants Happy Mondays, the pop-eyed Mark Berry, forever known to the world as Bez, was visibly a danger to society. He became the so-called C hemical Generation's bug-eyed pied piper, every weekend leading millions out to oblivion and beyond, as they adopted his E-gobbling party lifestyle.

                                                                                                          Neither an accomplished musician nor even a very good dancer, Bez was a prime candidate for fleeting celebrity, soon to sink into 'Where Are They Now?' obscurity. That, however, never happened, nor does it show any sign of happening. Through Black Grape, the second band he co-fronted with the Mondays' Shaun Ryder, and his ever-presence in the mass media, Bez's popularity has grown exponentially, his star rocketing ever upwards.

                                                                                                          When he bowled into C elebrity Big Brother in 2005, he ended up winning the series, as viewers came to understand his fundamental decency and sunny outlook. His adult life has been extraordinary: unbelievable scrapes with mortality, periods of financial ruin, mindfuck moments like when David Bowie genuflected before him, and enough narcoticstrewn hi-jinx to fill several more volumes of memoir. This is the story of a bad lad who has turned his life good, tracing his passage from earlythirty- something casualty to middle-aged politician, eco-warrior and bee-aficionado.

                                                                                                          Johnny Cash

                                                                                                          Forever Words : The Unknown Poems

                                                                                                            Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash has been an icon in the music world. In his newly discovered poems and song lyrics, we see the world through his eyes. The poetry reveals his depth of understanding, both of the world around him and within - his frailties and his strengths alike.

                                                                                                            He pens verses in his hallmark voice, reflecting upon love, pain, freedom, fame and mortality. Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash's own handwritten pages, Forever Words is a remarkable addition to the canon of one of America's heroes. His music is a part of our collective history, and here he demonstrates the depth of his talent as a writer.

                                                                                                            Edited and introduced by Paul Muldoon, with a foreword by John Carter Cash, this is a book sure to delight and surprise fans the world over.

                                                                                                            The Wire

                                                                                                            Issue 467 - January 2023 (2022 Rewind Edition)

                                                                                                              2022 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 added up the votes

                                                                                                              Critics’ Reflections: Wire writers discuss their cultural highs and lows for 2022

                                                                                                              The New Vaudeville: Funny games. By Stewart Smith

                                                                                                              Turntablists: Spin cycles. By Rob Turner

                                                                                                              Columnists’ Charts: Our specialist critics excavate all crevices of the culture for this year’s most exciting music, from hiphop to modern composition

                                                                                                              Books, Films & Events: Emily Bick surveys the year in print, cinema, audiovisual arts and live performance

                                                                                                              Climate: Burning issues. By Phil England

                                                                                                              Healing Sounds: Good vibrations. By Emily Pothast

                                                                                                              Archive Releases Of The Year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up

                                                                                                              Invisible Jukebox: Kali Malone: Our mystery record selection pulls out all the stops for the composer and organist. Tested by Derek Walmsley

                                                                                                              Unlimited Editions: REC-on

                                                                                                              Unofficial Channels: Xenwiki

                                                                                                              Heith: The Milanese producer looks to magickal traditions. By Miloš Hroch

                                                                                                              Venus Ex Machina: Cybernetics meet mythology for the researcher and composer. By Meg Woof

                                                                                                              Kraus: New Zealand psych wizard goes for a float. By Kiran Dass

                                                                                                              Daniel Bachman: The American Primitive guitarist chronicles climate crisis. By Louis Pattison

                                                                                                              Global Ear: Kadıköy: The Istanbul neighbourhood is the home for metal and underground music. By Robert Rigney

                                                                                                              The Inner Sleeve: Gaye Su Akyol on Morphine’s Good

                                                                                                              Epiphanies: Meg Baird on Sheila Kay Adams and John Cohen

                                                                                                              Kevin Cummins

                                                                                                              Telling Stories - Photographs Of The Fall

                                                                                                                The ultimate visual history of iconic band The Fall from renowned photographer Kevin Cummins, with a foreword by Poet Laureate and Fall fan, Simon Armitage.

                                                                                                                'No one has captured the look of alternative UK music over the past half a century more tellingly than Kevin Cummins.' - Simon Armitage.

                                                                                                                'Kevin Cummins is a true master in being able to capture the essence of music, the soul of the band. Whatever he does however he does it is a mystery to me but it's pure genius.' - Rankin.

                                                                                                                'Kevin has the uncanny ability of capturing the inner mood of musicians. Be it the dynamics within a pensive Joy Division, or the sense surrounding the fledgeling Fall that something special was around the corner for us all. Kevin's book is nothing less than a remarkable document of a bewildering and defiant anti-fashion movement born in Prestwich, north Manchester in the grimy mid-70s.' - Marc Riley.

                                                                                                                'Capturing forty years of the band's career via his archive, the legendary photographer (whose recent book, Juvenes, documented the story of Joy Division) gives his take on the phenomenon of The Fall and the late, great Mark E. Smith.' - Vive le Rock.

                                                                                                                Contains never-before-seen images.
                                                                                                                Foreword by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate.

                                                                                                                From chaotic early gigs to their final years, NME photographer Kevin Cummins provides a definitive, unique perspective on cult favourites The Fall. In this stunning visual history spanning four decades, discover how and why they emerged as one of the most innovative, boundary-breaking bands in modern music. With a foreword by Poet Laureate and Fall fan Simon Armitage and an interview with Eleni Poulou, as well as never-before-seen images from Cummins' archive, this is the ultimate visual companion to The Fall.

                                                                                                                Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

                                                                                                                Dear Scott Official Lyric Book

                                                                                                                  Dear Scott Official Lyric Book is a 48 page A5 book that includes the lyrics to all of the songs on the album, handwritten by Michael, and a number of photos from the selected live dates that took place this year.

                                                                                                                  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).

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    01. Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht And Ariel Pink) - Called To Ring
                                                                                                                    02. Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers Of Fortune And Neil Hagerty) - Bay Of Pigs
                                                                                                                    03. Bobb Trimble And Quilt - Starry Eyed Dreamer
                                                                                                                    04. Autre Ne Veut And Fennesz - Alive
                                                                                                                    05. The Lonely Sailor And Renée Mendoza Haran (members Of Total Control, Lace Curtain And Ashrae Fax) - Holdin' On


                                                                                                                    Surrender : Bono Autobiography: 40 Songs, One Story

                                                                                                                      'A brilliant, very funny, very revealing autobiography-through-music. Maybe the best book ever written about being a rockstar' CAITLIN MORAN

                                                                                                                      Bono - artist, activist and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2 - has written his autobiography: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he's lived, the challenges he's faced and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him. 'When I started to write this book I was hoping to draw in detail what I'd previously only sketched in songs.

                                                                                                                      The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept.

                                                                                                                      A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist.

                                                                                                                      Surrender is the story of one pilgrim's lack of progress ... With a fair amount of fun along the way.' - BonoAs one of the music world's most iconic artists and the cofounder of organizations ONE and (RED), Bono's career has been written about extensively. But in Surrender, Bono's autobiography, he picks up the pen, writing for the first time about his remarkable life and those he has shared it with.

                                                                                                                      In his unique voice, Bono takes us from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was 14, to U2's unlikely journey to become one of the world's most influential rock bands, to his more than 20 years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Writing with candour, self-reflection, and humour, Bono opens the aperture on his life - and the family, friends and faith that have sustained, challenged and shaped him. Surrender's subtitle, "40 Songs, One Story," is a nod to the book's 40 chapters, which are each named after a U2 song.

                                                                                                                      Bono has also created 40 original drawings for Surrender which will appear throughout the book.

                                                                                                                      Tim Burgess

                                                                                                                      The Listening Party Volume 2 : Artists, Bands And Fans Reflect On Over 90 Favourite Albums

                                                                                                                        Sit back, relax and relive the memories of over 90 more classic albums selected by Tim Burgess from his legendary Listening PartiesIn less than 2 years, tens of thousands of music lovers have pressed play at the same time as legendary musicians to share the communal experience of a Listening Party. Over 1,000 online events, fans and artists - from McCartney to Blondie, Joy Division to Iron Maiden - have shared insightful recollections, intimate conversations and behind-the-scenes revelations. This follow-up to the bestselling The Listening Party Volume 1 gathers together over 90 more of the most essential parties and celebrates the unique power of a Listening Party to connect music creators with listeners.

                                                                                                                        It's an appropriate tribute to the unifying power of music and how it continues to enthral millions around the world every single day. "Hey Twitter, let's all say a big thanks to Tim for these brilliant events this year! We really needed them. So much great music being talked about.'" - Sir Paul McCartney "Twitter being used for something really positive." - Mary Beard

                                                                                                                        David Gedge

                                                                                                                        Something And Nothing Tales From The Wedding Present: Volume Two

                                                                                                                          Something And Nothing is the second volume in the autobiography from David Gedge of Wedding Present fame. The stories featured in this stunning 176-page matt-laminated, hard-back book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with 100 pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Craig Cash.David writes the Tales From The Wedding Present narrative together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and then the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. For the past decade, they’ve been working steadily (along with editing help from Jessica McMillan) to relate David’s life and adventures.Something And Nothing is presented in chronological order; it takes up where Volume One left off – just after the release of The Wedding Present’s first single ‘Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy!’ in 1985 – and takes us through the next three years of the band’s existence. David writes intimately about all of the events leading up to the writing, recording and release of the band’s classic debut album, George Best, as well as detailing sessions that the group recorded for John Peel [including the legendary Ukrainian folk music ones], early live appearances in the UK and the rest of Europe and the development of their label Reception Records. On the way, we also learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing.

                                                                                                                          David Gedge

                                                                                                                          Go Out And Get 'Em Boy! Tales From The Wedding Present : Volume One

                                                                                                                            The first instalment of David Gedge’s long-awaited ‘memoir-in-comic-book-form’ will be released by Scopitones Books on 6 November 2020. The stories featured in this stunning 176-page, matt-laminated, hardback book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with forty pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Ian Rankin. David has written this autobiography together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. It’s in chronological order, beginning with David’s childhood in England and South Africa and continues up to the inception of The Wedding Present. On the way we learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing, how he first met his hero – the legendary BBC presenter John Peel – and the true story behind the classic Wedding Present song ‘My Favourite Dress’. Reviews “An autobiography of The Wedding Present would be great on its own. An autobiography in beautiful graphic novel form? Even better!” Dan Vebber (Writer, The Simpsons) “This is brilliant! It’s like the storyboard for a Wedding Present biopic.” Marc Riley (Broadcaster, BBC) “As informative, funny and essential as David Gedge himself. Can I be in the movie when all this is franchised?” Tony Gardner (Actor) “This is the graphic novel indie music mash up that we have all been waiting for and only David Gedge could deliver. It's amazing!” Stella Creasy (Member, British Parliament) “This is a Wedding Present fan’s dream come true. Pure unfiltered Gedge; the inside track on what makes him tick and anecdotes aplenty. Essential!” Mike Gayle (Author) “It’s very typical of The Wedding Present to do an autobiography differently to everyone else... but the stunning illustrations in this book really bring David's stories to life.” Louise Wener (Writer, musician)

                                                                                                                            John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                                                                                                            John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

                                                                                                                              Ladies & gentleman, introducing Mr. John David Robb... John Robb, is an English music journalist and singer. Robb writes for and runs the Louder Than War website and a monthly music magazine of the same name. He has written several books on music and occasionally makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is also the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes.

                                                                                                                              Robb has worked as a journalist for many years. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, and was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker. He now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent.

                                                                                                                              While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1988), and also later coined the word ‘Britpop'.

                                                                                                                              "To live in the 21st century is an art from. To have your life turned into a visual feast is the aim of any artist. To have my life reimagined by Iman Kakai-Lazell has been a thrilling trip into sound and vision and this book is a dayglo adventure into the high decibel. As Lord Byron once said ‘ The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’" - John Robb

                                                                                                                              This is the 2nd in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen. In conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photos, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed.

                                                                                                                              Lenny Kaye

                                                                                                                              Lightning Striking

                                                                                                                                An insider's take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the twentieth century.

                                                                                                                                Memphis, 1954. New Orleans 1957. Philadelphia 1959. Liverpool, 1962. San Francisco 1967. Detroit 1969. New York, 1975. London 1977. Los Angeles 1984 / Norway 1993. Seattle 1991.

                                                                                                                                Rock and roll was birthed in basements and garages, radio stations and dance halls, in cities where unexpected gatherings of artists and audience changed and charged the way music is heard and celebrated, capturing lightning in a bottle. Musician and writer Lenny Kaye explores ten crossroads of time and place that define rock and roll, its unforgettable flashpoints, characters and visionaries, how each generation came to be, how it was discovered by the world. Whether Elvis Presley's Memphis, the Beatles' Liverpool, Patti Smith's New York or Kurt Cobain's Seattle, LIGHTNING STRIKING reveals the communal energy that creates a scene, a guided tour inside style and performance, to see who's on stage, along with the movers and shakers, the hustlers and hangers-on, and why everybody is listening. Grandly sweeping and minutely detailed, informed by Kaye's acclaimed knowledge and experience as a working musician, LIGHTNING STRIKING is an ear-opening insight into our shared musical and cultural history, a carpet ride of rock and roll's most influential movements and moments.

                                                                                                                                Stuart Braithwaite

                                                                                                                                Spaceships Over Glasgow

                                                                                                                                  Born the son of Scotland’s last telescope-maker, Stuart Braithwaite was perhaps always destined for a life of psychedelic adventuring on the furthest frontiers of noise in MOGWAI, one of the best loved and most groundbreaking post-rock bands of the past three decades.

                                                                                                                                  Modestly delinquent at school, Stuart developed an early appetite for ‘alternative’ music in what might arguably be described as its halcyon days, the late 80s. Discovering bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Jesus and Mary Chain, and attending seminal gigs (often incongruously incognito as a young girl with long hair to compensate for his babyface features) by The Cure and Nirvana, Stuart compensated for his indifference to school work with a dedication to rock and roll … and of course the fledgling hedonism that comes with it.

                                                                                                                                  After an initial outing in the unfortunately (and provocatively named), Pregnant Nun, Stuart – alongside teenage friends Dominic Aitchison and Martin Bulloch - upgrades the band name to MOGWAI. They release their first single ‘Tuner/Lower’ in 1996. Championed by the legendary John Peel, and making a name for themselves for tinnitus-inducing live shows, MOGWAI’S subsequent single ‘Summer’ is named Single of the Week in NME. Their first album, Mogwai Young Team, follows to significant critical acclaim.

                                                                                                                                  Spaceships Over Glasgow is a lovesong to live rock and roll; to the passionate abandon we’ve all felt in the crowd (and some of us, if lucky enough, from the stage) at a truly incendiary rock and roll show. It is also the story of a life lived on the edge; of the high-times and hazardous pit-stops of international touring with a band of misfits and miscreants.

                                                                                                                                  Lee Brackstone, Publisher at White Rabbit said: ‘MOGWAI have blown my head apart live on many occasions; Stuart’s book has the equivalent impact on the page. A chronicle of a life lived on the stage making truly contemporary psychedelic music, Spaceships Over Glasgow is the first book told from the source about a band who have truly lived the rock n roll lifestyle, survived, and thrived, to create some of the most powerful post-rock music of the past two decades plus.’

                                                                                                                                  Warren Ellis

                                                                                                                                  Nina Simone's Gum : A Memoir Of Things Lost And Found

                                                                                                                                    THE TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLERA GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH, THE TIMES, IRISH TIMES, ROUGH TRADE, MOJO, CLASH, ROLLING STONE, UNCUT BOOK OF THE YEARFrom award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. FEATURING AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK CAVE'Warren has turned this memento, snatched from his idol's piano in a moment of rapture, into a genuine religious artefact.'NICK CAVE'Such a mad, happy book about art and music and obsession. I'm so glad I got to read it.

                                                                                                                                    It made the world feel lighter.'NEIL GAIMAN'In praise of meaning-rich relics and magical things. Totally heartwarming project.'MAX PORTER'A unique study of a fan's devotion, of transcendence and of the artistic vocation - it's got depth and great warmth. It's a beautiful piece of work.'KEVIN BARRYI hadn't opened the towel that contained her gum since 2013.

                                                                                                                                    The last person to touch it was Nina Simone, her saliva and fingerprints unsullied. The idea that it was still in her towel was something I had drawn strength from. I thought each time I opened it some of Nina Simone's spirit would vanish.

                                                                                                                                    In many ways that thought was more important than the gum itself. On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave's Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone's piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag.

                                                                                                                                    The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, a conduit that would eventually take Ellis back to his childhood and his relationship with found objects, growing in significance with every passing year. Nina Simone's Gum is about how something so small can form beautiful connections between people. It is a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality.

                                                                                                                                    It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and love. 'This is such a beautiful f*@king book. Thank you, Warren.

                                                                                                                                    I highly recommend this motherf*@ker.'FLEA'A beautifully written book about the power of music and objects. I powered through it in two days.'COURTNEY BARNETT'A moving, inspiration insight into a beautiful mind.'JIM JARMUSCH'The year's most eccentric and joyful musical memoir.'DAILY TELEGRAPH (Books of the year)'[Nina Simone's Gum] is a metaphor for [Ellis'] creativity - the blossoming of a small idea into something bigger and bolder - but also a journey inside the impulsive, improvisatory mind of Warren Ellis, his passions, obsessions and superstitions.' OBSERVER'[A] beautiful, strikingly idiosyncratic book - part memoir, part essay, part conceptual art project, all testament to humans at their strangest and best . .

                                                                                                                                    . [Ellis] sees signifiance where others might not.'MOJO'A glorious piece of object fetishism . .

                                                                                                                                    . Marvel as Ellis' collection of eccentric personal mementos morphs into a celebration of the intangible wonder of music.'UNCUT'Wonderful.' THE TIMES'The most peculiar book I've ever read.' CRAIG BROWN, MAIL ON SUNDAY'Delightful . .

                                                                                                                                    . A joy from start to finish.' BIG ISSUE'A joyous work full of love, connection, creativity and gratitude.' THE SPECTATOR'Completely charming and joyful . .

                                                                                                                                    . glorious.' LA REVIEW OF BOOKS'Beautiful . .

                                                                                                                                    . remarkable.' NEW EUROPEAN

                                                                                                                                    Robby Krieger

                                                                                                                                    Set The Night On Fire : Living, Dying And Playing Guitar With The Doors

                                                                                                                                      'An attempt to retell an oft-told tale, this time informed by a desire to suck the hot air out of the more inflated earlier versions . . .

                                                                                                                                      this late-arriving history is perhaps the most reliable, and certainly the most entertaining, of all' GuardianFew bands are as shrouded in the murky haze of rock mythology as The Doors, and parsing fact from fiction has been a virtually impossible task. But now, after fifty years, The Doors' notoriously quiet guitarist is finally breaking his silence to set the record straight. Through a series of vignettes, Robby takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents' living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots.

                                                                                                                                      Both a time capsule of the 1960s counterculture and a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician, Set the Night on Fire is a must-read for Doors fans and an essential volume of American pop. 'The very best . .

                                                                                                                                      . A well-told classic tale' Mojo'Eschewing mythologising for unvarnished, often amusing memories, this is a book that Doors fans will love madly' Classic Rock Magazine

                                                                                                                                      Disco Pogo

                                                                                                                                      ISSUE #2

                                                                                                                                        Disco Pogo is the new, bi-annual, electronic music magazine from the original founders of seminal 90s title Jockey Slut.

                                                                                                                                        Issue 2 is, once again, a chunky 236 pages and features Daniel Avery, I. JORDAN, Ashley Beedle, David Holmes, Donna Summer, Eddie Chacon, Erol Alkan's Trash, Flesh at The Hacienda, Honey Dijon, Hot Chip, Kerry Chandler, Laurent Garnier, Lou Hayter, Paul Woolford, Ron Trent, TSHA, 90s Jungle and much more.

                                                                                                                                        Viva acid house!

                                                                                                                                        Jon Savage & Stuart Baker

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

                                                                                                                                          Brand new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ massive deluxe 400-page‘Punk 45’ cover art book, edited and compiled by Jon Savage (authorof the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker(founder of Soul Jazz Records). This new edition comes with a new introduction from BobbieGillespie, founder of Primal Scream (who has recently also publishedhis memoirs, ‘Tenement Kid’). Contributors include Peter Saville, Richard Hell, Richard H Kirk,Seymour Stein, Geoff Travis, Martin Moscrop, Glenn Branca, JamieReid, Dave Robinson, Roger Armstrong, Martin Mills, Gee Vaucher,Savage Pencil, Dennis Morris and more.

                                                                                                                                          This book is a revelatory guide to hundreds and hundreds of original7” record cover sleeve designs - visual artefacts found at the heart ofthe most radical and anarchistic musical movement of the 20thCentury.

                                                                                                                                          As well as the encyclopaedic visual imagery featured inside, the bookalso includes interviews with a number of significant figures in punkmusic: artists and groups, including Richard Hell, Martin Moscrop (ACertain Ratio), Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire), Glenn Branca andDavid Thomas (Pere Ubu); record label owners including SeymourStein (Sire Records), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Roger Armstrong(Chiswick), Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Dave Robinson (StiffRecords), David Brown (Dangerhouse); and the celebrated designersinvolved in creating punk’s original iconic imagery - Peter Saville(Factory Records), Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols), Gee Vaucher (CrassRecords) and Dennis Morris (Public Image Limited).

                                                                                                                                          The revolutionary do-it-yourself ethic of punk was applied to theaesthetic of design as much as it was to music, and record sleevesacted as lo-fi signifiers of anarchy, style, fashion, politics and morewith an urban and suburban invective courtesy of the 1000s of newbands - punk, post-punk, pre-punk, nearly-punk and more - thatemerged at the end of the 1970s. This book is an exhaustive, thorough and exciting celebration of thestunning artwork of punk music - everything from the most celebratedand iconic designs through to the stark beauty of the cheapest do-ityourself lo-fi obscurities.

                                                                                                                                          Gordon King

                                                                                                                                          When Does The Mind-Bending Start? : The Life And Times Of World Of Twist

                                                                                                                                            'Most underrated group? World of Twist.' - Liam Gallagher'
                                                                                                                                            They're a top band. No one could do what World of Twist do, except World of Twist.' - Noel Gallagher'
                                                                                                                                            A band ripe for rediscovery.' - The Guardian

                                                                                                                                            Welcome to World of Twist: the greatest lost band of all time. While fame, glory and untold riches seemed like an inevitability for this group at the turn of the '90s, the world was simply not ready for a band of retro futurists, psychedelic adventurers and cosmic tunesmiths.

                                                                                                                                            Too late for Madchester, too early for Britpop and too much fun to pigeonhole, World of Twist went on to face a demoralising string of 'what could have been's. First, their debut single, 'The Storm', peaked two places outside of the UK top forty, meaning they missed out on a guaranteed Top of the Pops spot; then, when they were close to signing with Alan McGee's Creation Records, the label decided to go with an unknown band called Oasis instead. Finally, World of Twist fell apart in a torrent of drugs, mental illness, musical differences, sartorial contretemps and all-round shoulder-shrugging apathy.

                                                                                                                                            But they burned bright and left an indelible mark on everyone who looked deep into their light, including fellow Mancunians and Oasis superstars Noel and Liam Gallagher. Now, for the first time, co-founder, guitarist and principal songwriter Gordon King tells the incredible inside story of his time with the band. Revealing the jealousy, anguish and personal demons experienced by the clashing personalities of King and late singer Tony Ogden, this compelling memoir is the story of triumph, tragedy, comedy, drama, demise and recovery.

                                                                                                                                            Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                                                            Maggot Brain (Issue #10)

                                                                                                                                              Cover art by Detroit-based graphic artist Lucy Cahill depicts Wanda Jackson as an alien because why not; with additional recent works by her inside the issue.

                                                                                                                                              Glasgow’s justly beloved Belle & Sebastian, hot on the heels of a US tour and their best record in ages, deliver unto us decades’ worth of posters and ephemera, with an interview with Suart Murdoch on the history of the group’s aesthetics.

                                                                                                                                              Novelist and longtime friend David Gordon lets us run the full text of his archival talk with celebrated painter and author Duncan Hannah (RIP – and yes he goes into detail about the Lou Reed incident described in Please Kill Me).

                                                                                                                                              Kevin Esquire spent hours with Motown’s almost-star from the 1960s and ’70s, Christina Carter, and we have unpublished archival images and many amazing anecdotes.

                                                                                                                                              Speaking of Motown, did you know that the son of the great Marxist/ Black liberation activist CLR James was in “mixed race” band Odyssey, who had a record on Motown? We have a great feature on that.

                                                                                                                                              Fascinating discussion between guitarist-singer-songriter-innovators Chris Forsyth and Steve Wynn.

                                                                                                                                              We have an amazing excerpt from Ben Berton’s new book on Dan Treacy and the TV Personalities, detailing how the first 7” came together and John Peel inadvertently named the band.

                                                                                                                                              Nate Carlson goes deep on the Tony Iommi era of Black Sabbath.

                                                                                                                                              Why Buffy Saint-Marie matters, now more than ever, by writer and musician Emily Pothast.

                                                                                                                                              One of our favorite writers, Sara Jaffe, tells us how her own grandfather wrote the song “I’m My Own Grandpa”! No, really! That alone is worth admission.

                                                                                                                                              Plus also too – there’s a terrific and long and excellently illustrated feature on the country and experimental steel guitarist Barry Walker Jr by Tom Humphrey. Our SF Indie Scene Report: 2022 is so well done that it’s going to knock your socks off. Plus Lucy Sante and Mimi Lipson and the tape column and Katie Lass on her soon-to-be classic ‘Hypnopomp’ LP and the great Jay Ruttenberg on Sessa, whew. Plus also of course beautiful images galore, and more besides.

                                                                                                                                              Douglas MacIntyre And Grant McPhee

                                                                                                                                              Hungry Beat The Scottish Independent Pop Underground Movement (1977-1984) - SIGNED EDITION WITH FREE 7"

                                                                                                                                                Signed with a 7 inch vinyl single featuring the first Josef K release on Postcard (Radio Drill Time) on one side, and a track (Everything’s Roses) from the debut release by Fire Engines on their Codex Communication label on the other side.

                                                                                                                                                The definitive oral history of Scottish postpunk, from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Postcard label and Fast Product Description.

                                                                                                                                                The immense cultural contribution made by two maverick Scottish independent music labels, Fast Product and Postcard, cannot be underestimated. Bob Last and Hilary Morrison in Edinburgh, followed by Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins in Glasgow helped to create a confidence in being Scottish that hitherto had not existed in pop music (or the arts in general in Scotland). Their fierce independent spirit stamped a mark of quality and intelligence on everything they achieved, as did their role in the emergence of regional independent labels and cultural agitators, such as Rough Trade, Factory and Zoo.

                                                                                                                                                Hungry Beat is a definitive oral history of these labels and the Scottish post-punk period. Covering the period 1977-1984, the book begins with the Subway Sect and the Slits performance on the White Riot tour in Edinburgh and takes us through to Bob Last shepherding the Human League from experimental electronic artists on Fast Product to their triumphant number one single in the UK and USA, Don't You Want Me. Built on interviews with Last, Hilary Morrison, Paul Morley and members of The Human League, Scars, The Mekons, Fire Engines, Josef K, Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens and The Bluebells, Hungry Beat offers a comprehensive overview of one of the most important periods of Scottish cultural output and the two labels that changed the landscape of British music.

                                                                                                                                                Miki Berenyi

                                                                                                                                                Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me From Success

                                                                                                                                                  'Compelling, funny, vivid.' Mojo
                                                                                                                                                  'Beautifully written.' Stylist
                                                                                                                                                  'Remarkable, revelatory.' The Times

                                                                                                                                                  Formed in 1988, Lush were part of the London gig scene during one of the most vibrant and creative periods in UK music. Now, Miki Berenyi tells all. From the bohemian ways of her father's social circle to the privileged glamour of her mother's acting career, Miki's young life was a blur of travel, celebrities and peripatetic schooling.

                                                                                                                                                  But frequent relocation, parental neglect and the dark presence of her abusive grandmother resulted in crippling shyness, mental-health issues and a vulnerability to exploitation. The route out of this hole was music - a passion shared by schoolmate Emma Anderson. The teenagers began attending gigs together and would ultimately go on to form Lush.

                                                                                                                                                  Talented and exuberant, the band became hot property, swiftly transitioning from shoegaze icons to Britpop darlings. Re-living the tours, recording sessions and music-industry madness they experienced along the way, this uncompromising memoir documents Lush's thrilling rise and untimely fall. Yet at the heart of the book are Miki's own battles: the conflict between her mouthy public persona and her thin-skinned private identity; the trials of being a woman in an infuriatingly male world; the struggle to find a middle ground between 'safe' indie obscurity and 'sell-out' international success.

                                                                                                                                                  Miki also explores her complicated relationship with Emma - one that has fluctuated between camaraderie and rivalry over the years - and addresses the devastating tragedy that led to the band's split. Told through frank confession, wry humour and searing emotional honesty, this is the incredible tale of a trailblazing woman and a seminal band.


                                                                                                                                                  Issue #2

                                                                                                                                                    The second issue of embryo is another dive into the contemporary underground - a new album from Black Zone Myth Chant on slime green CD-R (housed in DVD case with large artwork print), DJ Warzone QR code mix and 50 page magazine, featuring:

                                                                                                                                                    - Cardinal & Nun
                                                                                                                                                    - Shane English 'Fringe Self-released Tapes'
                                                                                                                                                    - Tape House USA: Label Profile
                                                                                                                                                    - Tower 7 'Exclusive Embryo Interview'
                                                                                                                                                    - Gabrielle K. Brown
                                                                                                                                                    - Valentina Magaletti (Holy Tongue / Vanishing Twin)
                                                                                                                                                    - Genesse P. Orridge (daughter of industrial music)
                                                                                                                                                    - Black Zone Myth Chant
                                                                                                                                                    - Sin of the Father
                                                                                                                                                    - Doomlode

                                                                                                                                                    * Includes download of new Black Zone Myth Chant album 'Bad Decisions'
                                                                                                                                                    * Housed in a metallic silver zip-lock pouch with A3 poster
                                                                                                                                                    * All purchases get free entry to our launch party with Black Zone Myth Chant (live) in Manchester on 16th September
                                                                                                                                                    * Original front cover artwork by Final Dead
                                                                                                                                                    *Limited edition, one-press deal.

                                                                                                                                                    --- Voice of a Failed Species ---

                                                                                                                                                    and Black Zone Myth Chant 'Bad Decisions' album info:Embryo Issue #2 comes with new material from Black Zone Myth Chant after underground hits on Editions Gravats and Winged Sun.

                                                                                                                                                    Forget what you think you know, this is BZMC at his most visceral and uncompromising, switching out his style of grotty spiritual jazz and industrial footwork for downer rap wired straight into the circuit board. A DJ Screw mixtape pulled from quicksand and fed through a matrix of early SPK, Wolf Eyes, Bone Awl, Morgue Tar, The Toll and Bottomfeeder?

                                                                                                                                                    For the freaks, by freaks, this is real beats for the pit. Now worship your new god!!

                                                                                                                                                    The Wire

                                                                                                                                                    Issue 465 - November 2022

                                                                                                                                                      Includes the Wire Tapper 60 CD!

                                                                                                                                                      Inside the magazine...
                                                                                                                                                      Tyshawn Sorey
                                                                                                                                                      : The Genre Straddling Polymath Unifies Improvisation And Composition Into His Own Rigorous And Powerful Sense Of Expression. By Stewart Smith. Plus: Black Composers: After A Century Of Racist And Eurocentric Marginalisation, The AACM And Others Forged New Strategies For Creative Experimentation. By Paul Steinbeck

                                                                                                                                                      Devin Townsend: The Canadian Studio Wizard Gets Emotional With Synaesthetic Prog Pyrotechnics. By Joseph Stannard

                                                                                                                                                      Joyce: After Facing Industry Sexism And Blacklists, The Brazilian Singer-songwriter Is Back On Her Own Terms. By Joshua Minsoo Kim

                                                                                                                                                      Horse Lords: The Baltimore Noise Rock Quartet Gallop Through A Panoply Of Tunings And Philosophical Ideas. By Dan Wilson

                                                                                                                                                      Invisible Jukebox: Big Joanie: Will The UK Feminist Punk Trio Want To Take The Wire’s Mystery Selection Back Home? Tested By Leah Kardos.

                                                                                                                                                      Andrew Poppy: Wobbly Words And Mischief From The Erstwhile ZTT Composer. By Leah Kardos

                                                                                                                                                      Backxwash: The Zambian-Canadian Producer Returns With A Cathartic Album Of Horror Rap. By Emily Pothast

                                                                                                                                                      Xhosa Cole: Birmingham Saxophonist Illumines The Words Behind The Rhythm Makers. By Francis Gooding

                                                                                                                                                      Camille Émaille: French Percussionist And Improvisor Gets Into The Flow Of The Natural Environment. By Clive Bell

                                                                                                                                                      Unlimited Editions: BLTNM

                                                                                                                                                      Unofficial Channels: No Choice Records

                                                                                                                                                      Global Ear: Arahama

                                                                                                                                                      The Inner Sleeve: Adrian Corker

                                                                                                                                                      Epiphanies: Raymond MacDonald

                                                                                                                                                      Print Run: Identity Pitches By Stine Janvin & Cory Arcangel; Desperado: An Autobiography By Tomasz Stańko With Rafał Księżyk; The Guitar Circle By Robert Fripp; Bone Music By Stephen Coates; 69 Exhibition Road: Twelve True-Life Tales From The Fag-End Of Punk, Porn And Performance By Dorothy Max Prior; Listening After Nature By Mark Peter Wright; Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story By Joe Coscarelli; Sun Ra: Art On Saturn: The Album Cover Art Of Sun Ra’s Saturn Label By Sun Ra, Edited By Irwin Chusid & Chris Reisman

                                                                                                                                                      On Screen: Beth B Glowing Woman; Danny Garcia Nightclubbing: The Birth Of Punk Rock In NYC

                                                                                                                                                      On Location: Grimalkin Music Fest 2022, Richmond, US/Bandcamp; Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra + Brooklyn Raga Massive + Gift Of Gnawa Honouring Don Cherry + Brandee Younger & Joel Ross + Angel Bat Dawid, New York, US; Ceol Nua: Blarvuster & Malin Makes Music, Glasgow, UK; Deep In The Valley, Red Hook, US; Dip In The Pool, Tokyo, Japan; Dublab Presents Alice Coltrane: An Expansive Spirit, Los Angeles, US; Praxis, New York, US; Éliane Radigue & Carol Robinson: OCCAM HEXA VI, Paris, France; Ian Rawes & The London Sound Survey: A Celebration, London, UK; Kiezsalon, Berlin, Germany; Jack Callahan & Jeff Witscher + Territorial Gobbing + Ash Reid, London, UK

                                                                                                                                                      On Site: Future Shock; Trevor Mathison From Signal To Decay: Volume 1

                                                                                                                                                      Soundcheck: 33, The Advisory Circle, Siavash Amini & Eugene Thacker, Suzi Analogue, Vicente Hansen Atria, Badge Époque Ensemble, Belbury Poly, Björk, Mykki Blanco, The Bug, John Carpenter/Cody Carpenter/Daniel Davies, Cindytalk, William Fowler Collins, Lucrecia Dalt, Dez Dare, Dead Cross, Dungen, Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant, Enablers, Brian Eno, Christoph Erb/Magda Mayas/Gerry Hemingway Trio, Faxed Head, Gamardah Fungus, Lori Goldston, Catherine Graindorge Featuring Iggy Pop, Great Waitress, High Castle Teleorkestra, Robyn Hitchcock, Horse Lords, Leech, Charles Lloyd, Max Loderbauer, Maral, Trevor Mathison, Nicole Mitchell & Fabio Paolizzo, MonoNeon, Gloria De Oliveira & Dean Hurley, Pauline Oliveros & James Ilgenfritz, OM, Open Mike Eagle, Jessica Pavone/Lukas Koenig/Matt Mottel, Pumpkin Witch, Horatiu Radulescu, Safety Trance, Laila Sakini, Eryk Salvaggio, Senyawa + Lawrence English/Aviva Endean/Peter Knight/Helen Svoboda/ Joe Talia, Wayne Shorter/Terri Lyne Carrington/Leo Genovese/Esperanza Spalding, Paul G Smyth/John Wiese, The Soft Pink Truth, Special Interest, Carl Stone, Sun Ra Arkestra, Lewis Taylor, Titan To Tachyons, Tess Tyler, Tom Ward/Cath Roberts/Olie Brice/Johnny Hunter, Wench, Various Luke Schneider Presents Imaginational Anthem Vol XI: Chrome Universal – A Survey Of Modern Pedal Steel, Various Sounds To Make You Shudder!

                                                                                                                                                      The Boomerang: Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett, David Blue, Can, Cheval De Frise, Dead Kennedys, Arnold Dreyblatt & Paul Panhuysen, Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh, Këkht Aräkh, Dickie Landry, Main Source, Pavement, Prolapse, Tintern Abbey, Max Tundra, Mal Waldron, Lawrence Weiner & Dickie Landry, Various Bound For Hell: On The Sunset Strip

                                                                                                                                                      James Brown

                                                                                                                                                      Animal House

                                                                                                                                                        Music, Magazines & MayhemBetween 1994 and 1997, James Brown's loaded magazine became the must-buy and must-be-in publication of the decade. It won every award going, year after year, and came to define not only its audience but also a generation. Bright, loud, funny, provocative, ambitious and careless, loaded was read from the barracks of Afghanistan to the England dressing room at Euro '96.

                                                                                                                                                        It captured a hedonistic lifestyle of alcohol, cocaine and more. The last great hurrah before the end of the century. It was the biggest noise in the golden generation of magazine publishing, rocketing from zero to half a million sales in a matter of months.

                                                                                                                                                        What MTV had been to the 80s, loaded was to the 90s. ANIMAL HOUSE follows James Brown's remarkable career from a high school drop-out fanzine writer with few qualifications to NME features editor aged 22, and loaded founder at 27. In between, his mother died in tragic circumstances and gradually his own drug and alcohol use began to take over.

                                                                                                                                                        Loaded's unexpected success legitimised (and paid for) James's lifestyle, and it wasn't until he crashed and burned at GQ, and went through rehab, that any sense of perspective kicked in. Recuperating on the island of Mustique whilst plotting his return with Oz founder Felix Dennis, James was asked by neighbour Lord Patrick Lichfield: "How on earth did you manage to sell so many magazines whilst taking so many drugs?"This book is his answer.

                                                                                                                                                        Record Culture Magazine

                                                                                                                                                        Issue 9

                                                                                                                                                          Featuring Bradley Zero, Sébastien Tellier, Yu Su, Gerd Janson, June Jones, The Twilite Tone, Eug, Vanessa Worm, Ana Roxanne, Oskar Mann, and the Beats in Space visual feature, “Postcards Through Time and Space”

                                                                                                                                                          Andy Ellison

                                                                                                                                                          Stunt Rocker

                                                                                                                                                            Autobiography of one of rock music’s ‘Enfant Terrible’...from the mod beat of the mid 60s, Psychedelic Pop of the late 60s glam rock of the mid seventies punk rock of the late seventies. Andy Ellison fronted many cult bands like John’s Children (with Marc Bolan) Jet with members of Sparks and Roxy Music, The Radio Stars, all of which would see Andy performing hanging from Lighting rigs atop of speaker stacks, starting a riot on The Who’s tour of Germany and getting thrown off said tour, leaping into audiences from the stage and subsequently damaging himself in most performances...but aside from all that the real stories start to come through...of which they appear to be relentless like a machine gun each one more incredulous than the other. The book is liberally sprinkled with many photographs all the way through not clumped into two or three batches like most books and boasts a foreword by the one and only Simon Napier-Bell. Andy has some of THE Best stories of anyone from the music industry...and they’re in this book! 

                                                                                                                                                            The Face

                                                                                                                                                            Autumn 2022

                                                                                                                                                              New look. New season. New in. New frock. New ideas. By new graduates and bedroom designers. Celebrated here. The future of fashion across 40 pages. New for you. In the new issue of THE FACE.⁠

                                                                                                                                                              Aug Stone

                                                                                                                                                              Nick Cave's Bar

                                                                                                                                                                "In June 1999, Aug Stone flew to Germany with his best friend to find a bar that Nick Cave was rumoured to own in Berlin. Nine days of "confusion, thwarted plans, and perpetual drunken misery" later the establishment remained elusive, if not apocryphal, but he left with a great tale to tell.

                                                                                                                                                                Road-trip stories are never really about the destination and this one is hilarious, chaotic and character filled. Taking place in those strange, hazy, pre-internet times when travelling unprepared was a more perilous proposition (and a whole afternoon could be lost trying to find a specific record shop) there is a pleasingly shambolic quality to the book that will be familiar to anyone who ever had a really great idea they didn't quite think through.

                                                                                                                                                                Whilst it isn't exactly The Dirt levels of excess (there is a bit too much reading of Nabakov and hotels being booked by mothers for that) it contains plenty of the kind of fun, foolishness that is possibly better to experience secondhand than for real. Sort of like a Louis Theroux weird weekend mixed with Withnail & I.

                                                                                                                                                                If you are a fan of Nick Cave there is a decent amount of drunken discussion of his merits, but it's not a requisite to enjoying the book and like all good autobiographies it's engaging regardless of your prior interest in the subject." - Susan Sloan, Louder Than War

                                                                                                                                                                Kim Gordon & Sinead Gleeson

                                                                                                                                                                This Woman's Work : Essays On Music - SIGNED EDITION

                                                                                                                                                                  VERY LIMITED SIGNED EDITION.

                                                                                                                                                                  This Woman's Work: Essays on Music is edited by Kim Gordon and Sinead Gleeson and features contributors Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Rachel Kushner, Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Yiyun Li and Zakia Sewell.

                                                                                                                                                                  Published to challenge the historic narrative of music and music writing being written by men, for men, This Woman's Work seeks to confront the male dominance and sexism that have been hard-coded in the canons of music, literature, and film and has forced women to fight pigeon-holing or being side-lined by carving out their own space. Women have to speak up, to shout louder to tell their story - like the auteurs and ground-breakers featured in this collection, including: Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship.

                                                                                                                                                                  This Woman's Work also features writing on the experimentalists, women who blended music and activism, the genre-breakers, the vocal auteurs; stories of lost homelands and friends; of propaganda and dictatorships, the women of folk and country, the racialised tropes of jazz, the music of Trap and Carriacou; of mixtapes and violin lessons.

                                                                                                                                                                  Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                                                                                  Maggot Brain (Issue #9)

                                                                                                                                                                    WE HAVE COLUMNS FOR YOU, by Lucy Sante (their first autobiographical writing for us, touching and brilliant); we have a tear-jerker of an advice column by Mimi Lipson; the tapes column is more succinct this time; the forgotten hip-hop column is on the enigmatic Son of Bazerk!; we revisit the roadside America column with a dinosaur theme because why not; we take a look at forgotten early Hawaiian music in the reissue column; we go into detail about why the mysterious Seymour Glass from Bananfish matters so much; and there’s a terrific first-person account of growing up in DC right when Fugazi hit and why that band was such a crucial signpost for misfits of all stripes at the time. Our columns alone are worth the price of admission, hah.


                                                                                                                                                                    Raymond Pettibon: In a wide-ranging and sweet interview by Adam Woodhead Pettibon walks us through his entire career, and even makes economics sound interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                    John Waters: We have a beautiful discussion on the merits of transgression in today’s climate by Feral House publisher and old friend Christina Ward.

                                                                                                                                                                    Cheri Knight: The great Seattle-based scribe Dave Segal goes deep on this neglected experimental pop musician from Olympia in the '80s.

                                                                                                                                                                    David Nance: Editor Mike McGonigal is fascinated by the way Nance manages to mix up tributes to other artists, and collaborations, with such deeply strong solo material.

                                                                                                                                                                    Amy Ruhl:The cinematic visual artist is explored in depth by Chelsea Wolfe.

                                                                                                                                                                    John Brannon: Check it out: we have the most epic and excellent career spanning photo packed feature by Brannon’s longtime photographer Doug Coombe.

                                                                                                                                                                    Melvins photo tour diary: Entirely by Buzz Osbourne, photos and words -- this is like a dozen pages and so and taken just months ago. It’s really rad, all shot on their first tour in forever!

                                                                                                                                                                    Lidia Yuknavitch: Alex Behr turned in a brilliant interview with the cult writer.

                                                                                                                                                                    Kan Mikami: The Japanese outsider blues-folk musician and actor is interviewed by the LA-based saxophone player and composer Patrick Shiroishi

                                                                                                                                                                    The Willies: And here we have thanks to Tyler Wilcox the most Maggot Brain type article, a big in-depth, lyrical feature on the Feelies ambient offshoot who have never been written on in-depth. The band’s connection to Downtown minimalism has never been written on this way, and basically you will for the first time understand how the band morphed from the first record into the second, and at least part of why there was so much time in between. We’re not worthy!

                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Elizabeth Schantz: We have some brilliant and timely fiction that deals with gun violence by this great writer.

                                                                                                                                                                    Doorman Memories: Tim Abbondelo delivers a poignant set of memories (in the style of Joe Brainard’s celebrated long poem I Remember) on his days as the doorman to a midsize indie venue.

                                                                                                                                                                    Benjamin Berton

                                                                                                                                                                    Dreamworld - The Fabulous Life Of Dan Treacy & His Band The Television Personalities

                                                                                                                                                                      Enriched with plenty of scene and period colour from British pop from the 1960s to the present, "Dreamworld" tells of all the ups and downs of a legend who once ironically (but quite rightly) described himself in an interview as the "Godfather of Indie Pop".

                                                                                                                                                                      Shaun Ryder

                                                                                                                                                                      How To Be A Rock Star

                                                                                                                                                                        As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he's had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world numerous times, taken every drug under the sun, been through rehab - and come out the other side as a national treasure.

                                                                                                                                                                        Now, for the first time, Shaun lifts the lid on the real inside story of how to be a rock star. With insights from three decades touring the world, which took him from Salford to San Francisco, from playing working men's clubs to headlining Glastonbury and playing in front of the biggest festival crowd the world has ever seen, in Brazil, in the middle of thunderstorm. From recording your first demo tape to having a number-one album, Shaun gives a fly-on-thewall look at the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - warts and all: how to be a rock star - and also how not to be a rock star.

                                                                                                                                                                        From numerous Top of the Pops appearances to being banned from live TV, from being a figurehead of the acid-house scene to hanging out backstage with the Rolling Stones, Shaun has seen it all. In this book he pulls the curtain back on the debauchery of the tour bus, ridiculous riders, run-ins with record companies, drug dealers and the mafia, and how he forged the most remarkable comeback of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                        Kim Gordon & Sinead Gleeson

                                                                                                                                                                        This Woman's Work : Essays On Music

                                                                                                                                                                          This Woman's Work: Essays on Music is edited by Kim Gordon and Sinead Gleeson and features contributors Anne Enright, Fatima Bhutto, Jenn Pelly, Rachel Kushner, Juliana Huxtable, Leslie Jamison, Liz Pelly, Maggie Nelson, Margo Jefferson, Megan Jasper, Ottessa Moshfegh, Simone White, Yiyun Li and Zakia Sewell.

                                                                                                                                                                          Published to challenge the historic narrative of music and music writing being written by men, for men, This Woman's Work seeks to confront the male dominance and sexism that have been hard-coded in the canons of music, literature, and film and has forced women to fight pigeon-holing or being side-lined by carving out their own space. Women have to speak up, to shout louder to tell their story - like the auteurs and ground-breakers featured in this collection, including: Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship.

                                                                                                                                                                          This Woman's Work also features writing on the experimentalists, women who blended music and activism, the genre-breakers, the vocal auteurs; stories of lost homelands and friends; of propaganda and dictatorships, the women of folk and country, the racialised tropes of jazz, the music of Trap and Carriacou; of mixtapes and violin lessons.

                                                                                                                                                                          Martin James

                                                                                                                                                                          French Connections : From Discotheque To Daft Punk - The Birth Of French Touch

                                                                                                                                                                            Revised reissue of the acclaimed first-ever book-length investigation into French Touch.

                                                                                                                                                                            "Updated version features previously unpublished interviews with Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Cerrone, Jean Jacques Perrey, Motorbass, Chris Le Friant (aka Bob Sinclar), Air, Etienne de Crecy, La Funk Mob, Cassius, The Micronauts, Stardust, Benjamin Diamond, Modjo, DJ GilbR, i-Cube, DJ Cam and many more...

                                                                                                                                                                            During the second half of the 1990s, Paris experienced a dance music revolution thanks to groundbreaking artists like Daft Punk, Air, Super Discount, Motorbass, Cassius, Dimitri from Paris, Bob Sinclar and many, many more. It was a scene that became known as French Touch and was heralded throughout the world as the epitome of dance music cool, forever placing Paris on the dance culture map.

                                                                                                                                                                            Journalist and author Martin James was there right from the start, documenting the scene from its inspirations to its earliest moments and onto its global breakthrough. In the process, he inadvertently provided the French Touch moniker that became adopted throughout the world.

                                                                                                                                                                            Drawing on a dazzling array of exclusive interviews with the biggest names in French electronic music history, French Connections explores France’s significant contribution to dance music culture that paved the way for the French Touch explosion."

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Edwards

                                                                                                                                                                            The Tao Of Bowie: 10 Lessons From David Bowie's Life To Help You Live Yours

                                                                                                                                                                              What would David Bowie do?

                                                                                                                                                                              When life gets tough, who can we turn to for help? Who will help us find happiness, meaning and purpose? The Tao of Bowie suggests that we turn to David Bowie for guidance - and use his amazing journey through life as a map to help us navigate our own.

                                                                                                                                                                              Buddhism was central to David Bowie's life, but he was a wide-ranging thinker who also drew meaning from other sources including Jungian psychology, Nietzschean philosophy and Gnosticism. The Tao of Bowie condenses these concepts - the ideas that inspired and supported Bowie throughout his life and career - into ten powerful lessons, each with a series of exercises, meditations and techniques to encourage readers to apply these learnings to their own lives.

                                                                                                                                                                              The Tao of Bowie will help readers understand who they really are, clarify their purpose in life, manage their emotions and cope with setbacks and change. This fresh approach to the search for spirituality and happiness unites the perennial human quest for answers with the extraordinary mind and unique career of one of the most important cultural figures of the past halfcentury

                                                                                                                                                                              The Face

                                                                                                                                                                              Summer 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                To be a fan of something is a wonderful thing. It’s sort of what we do for a living here at THE FACE. Be excited about people in the hope that you will be, too. And few people inspire excitement like this issue’s three cover stars.

                                                                                                                                                                                Take Beabadoobee. Despite releasing her debut album just weeks before the UK went into its second lockdown, the 21-year-old indie star has managed to build a fanatical following: one that walks like her, talks like her and dresses like her. As writer Emma Garland notes, Bea’s style ​“embraces today’s environmentally-conscious looks, while taking inspiration from the archives of legendary Tokyo street fashion mag FRUiTS”. And Bea received her own fan moment when FRUiTS’ 67-year-old founder, Shoichi Aoki, flew to London to shoot her for this cover story (safe to say Shoichi became a fan of Bea, too – watching the two of them hang out on set possibly being the sweetest moment of making the issue).

                                                                                                                                                                                Then there’s Tems, the Nigerian superstar whose famous fans include Drake, Justin Bieber, Adele and former US President Barack Obama. As Olive Pometsey writes in her interview with the singer: ​“Afrobeats is now just as much of a part of wider British music culture as it is a cornerstone of West African immigrants’ heritage.” And judging by the roof-raising when Tems joined Wizkid to perform their Grammy- nominated collab, Essence, at London’s O2 last December, the 26-year-old is the scene’s most exciting prospect – with a red-hotly- anticipated debut album due this summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                Last but not least, we have Manchester City footballer Jack Grealish. Has there been an English player since Beckham that has transcended the game quite so much? In the unbeatable words of TJ Sidhu: ​“Tough blokes think he’s alright, the girls and gays hold up ​‘Mrs Grealish 69’ signs and follow Instagram pages dedicated to his legs and arse. The rest only think he’s one of the most naturally gifted talents to have run out for his country since Gazza.” If the office’s swooning reaction to his cover story, shot by Alasdair McLellan, is anything to go by, it’s fair to say Jack has a few fans at THE FACE HQ, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                Yours, a fan of it all.

                                                                                                                                                                                Matthew Whitehouse, Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                Bob Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                                Let's Do It: The Birth Of Pop

                                                                                                                                                                                  The prequel to Bob Stanley's universally acclaimed Yeah Yeah Yeah, Let's Do It is the only book that brings together all genres to tell the definitive story of the birth of Pop, from 1900 to the mid-fifties.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pop music didn't begin with the Beatles in 1963, or with Elvis in 1956, or even with the first seven-inch singles in 1949. There was a pre-history that went back to the first recorded music, right back to the turn of the century . . . Who were the earliest record stars, and were they in any meaningful way 'pop stars'?

                                                                                                                                                                                  Who were the likes of George Gershwin writing songs for? Why did swing, the hit sound for a decade or more, become almost invisible after the Second World War? The prequel to Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah, Let's Do It is the first book to tell the definitive story of the birth of pop, from the invention of the 78 rpm record at the end of the nineteenth century to the beginnings of rock and the modern pop age. Taking in superstars such as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra alongside the unheralded songwriters and arrangers behind some of our most enduring songs, Stanley paints an aural portrait of pop music's formative years in stunning clarity, uncovering the silver threads and golden needles that bind the form together.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Bringing the eclectic, evolving world of early pop to life - from ragtime, blues and jazz to Broadway, country, crooning and beyond - Let's Do It is essential reading for all music lovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeffrey Boakye

                                                                                                                                                                                  Musical Truth: A Musical Journey Through Modern Black Britain

                                                                                                                                                                                    This extraordinary retelling of black British history will dazzle readers of all ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Music can carry the stories of history like a message in a bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Lord Kitchener, Neneh Cherry, Smiley Culture, Stormzy... Groundbreaking musicians whose songs have changed the world. But how? This exhilarating playlist tracks some of the key shifts in modern British history, and explores the emotional impact of 28 songs and the artists who performed them. This book redefines British history, the Empire and postcolonialism, and will invite you to think again about the narratives and key moments in history that you have been taught up to now. Thrilling, urgent, entertaining and thought-provoking, this beautifully illustrated companion to modern black music is a revelation and a delight.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ian Winwood

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bodies: Life And Death In Music

                                                                                                                                                                                      Money, freedom, adoring fans: professional musicians seem to have it all. But beneath the surface lies a frightening truth: for years the music industry has tolerated death, addiction and exploitation in the name of entertainment. In Bodies, Ian Winwood explores the industry's reluctance to confront its many failures in a far-reaching story which features first-hand access to artists such as Foo Fighters, Green Day, Trent Reznor, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan, Pearl Jam. Much more than a touchline reporter, Winwood also tells the tale of his own mental-health collapse following the shocking death of his father. Written with warmth, humour and bracing honesty, Bodies is a deeply personal story and essential reading for musicians and fans alike.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Caryn Rose

                                                                                                                                                                                      Why Patti Smith Matters

                                                                                                                                                                                        A radical exploration of the artistry and influence of Patti Smith: the Poet Laureate of Punk whose uninhibited creativity inspired an entire generation and triggered a cultural revolution.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Patti Smith arrived in New York City at the end of the Age of Aquarius in search of work and purpose. Through her poetry, her songs, her unapologetic vocal power, and her very presence as a woman fronting a rock band, she kicked open a door that countless others walked through. No other musician has better embodied the "nothing-to-hide" rawness of punk, nor has any other done more to nurture a place in society for misfits of every stripe.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Why Patti Smith Matters is the first book about the iconic artist written by a woman. The veteran music journalist Caryn Rose contextualizes Smith's creative work, her influence, and her wide-ranging and still- evolving impact on rock and roll, visual art, and the written word. Rose goes deep into Smith's oeuvre, from her first album, Horses, to acclaimed memoirs operating at a surprising remove from her music. The portrait of a ceaseless inventor, Why Patti Smith Matters rescues punk's poet laureate from "strong woman" cliches. Of course Smith is strong. She is also a nuanced thinker. A maker of beautiful and challenging things. A transformative artist who has not simply entertained but also empowered millions.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeff Tweedy

                                                                                                                                                                                        How To Write One Song

                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the century's most feted singer-songwriters, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, digs deep into his own creative process to share his unique perspective about songwriting and offers a warm, accessible guide to writing your first song, championing the importance of making creativity part of your everyday life and experiencing the hope, inspiration and joy that accompanies it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Amy Raphael

                                                                                                                                                                                          A Seat At The Table : Interviews With Women On The Frontline Of Music

                                                                                                                                                                                            Writer and critic Amy Raphael has interviewed some of the world's most iconic musicians, including Courtney Love, Patti Smith, Bjoerk, Kurt Cobain and Elton John. In 1995 she wrote the critically-acclaimed Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, which included a foreword by Debbie Harry. More than two decades on, the music business has changed, but the way women are regarded has not.

                                                                                                                                                                                            In this new book, A Seat at the Table, Raphael interviews eighteen women who work in the music industry about learning to speak out, #MeToo, social media, queer politics and the subtleness of everyday misogyny. Featuring interviews with: CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS, IBEYI, KATE TEMPEST, ALISON MOYET, NADINE SHAH, JESSICA CURRY, MAGGIE ROGERS, EMMY THE GREAT, DREAM WIFE, NATALIE MERCHANT, LAUREN MAYBERRY, POPPY AJUDHA, KALIE SHORR, TRACEY THORN, MITSKI, CATHERINE MARKS, GEORGIA, CLARA AMFO

                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 

                                                                                                                                                                                              Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                                                                                                              Maggot Brain (Issue #8)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content – art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more – with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page. The cover feature is an epic, really long timeline of images and interview with the modern king of arts portrait photography, Michael Lavine. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazing archival images by Gail Butensky and reflections on Pavement + what we think is the band’s first new interview in a decade in anticipation of their reusion shows and events later this year

                                                                                                                                                                                                •Tom Scharpling talks about prog rock with Matt Berry

                                                                                                                                                                                                •a lengthy interview with the SF-based dreamy pop band Cindy by editor Mike McGonigal + Reuben Radding’s killer photos and review of a recent show in Brooklyn by Chicago’s Irreversible Entanglements

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ana Gavrilovska on why sax player and drone composer Lea Bertucci matters +Sara Jaffe on how essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan is a genius

                                                                                                                                                                                                Phill Gatenby

                                                                                                                                                                                                Morrissey's Manchester

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyrically unique, Morrissey saw 1980s Manchester differently. Where most recognised the derelict remains of a Victorian warehouse, he saw humour, where others saw post-industrial squalor, he felt the frission of romance. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As a result, the city became as much a aprt of The Smiths' output as the guitars, drums, and vocals. Unusually, these places still exist and provide the devotee with a place of pilgramage. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The most fundamental change any reader will notice are the continual changes to Manchester itself - a city in perpetual flux. Since the first edition, venues have been demolished, refurbished, or shorn of their identity. Now updated, Morrissey's Manchester has added new places to visit, more lyrical references and more background information on one of the world's most influential bands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Viv Albertine

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A new edition as part of the Faber Social Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                    MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maggot Brain (Issue #7)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Winter 2021/22 issue of Third Man Books & Records’ MAGGOT BRAIN magazine (DEC/ JAN/ FEB) is extra packed with killer stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • THE FRONT COVER is a gorgeous 1981 backstage photo of LOU REED, subject of a phenomenal feature by former NY Rocker contributor LISA JANE PERSKY

                                                                                                                                                                                                      INSIDE you will also find:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • GRATEFUL DEAD: KURT VILE tries to explain them to none other than TOM SCHARPLING
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • A special new piece about the making of the Velvet Underground’s LOADED
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • MYRIAM GENDRON: Track by track guide to her highly anticipated second album
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY: Reprint of the best feature we ever read about him, by ERIK DAVIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • KINKE KOOI: Recent works on paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • MICHAEL HURLEY: Talks to old friend TARA JANE O'NEIL on Hurley's first studio album in years
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DOUG HENNING: The magician’s radical roots in Canada’s thriving 1970s prog/glam scene
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • SISTER ROSETTA THARPE: Why she rules so hard, but there’s no need to call her the “godmother of rock 'n' roll” again, thanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • GRETCHEN GONZALES DAVIDSON: The mystery and mastery of Detroit’s drone warrior, by Destroy All Monsters’ CARY LOREN
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • THE GOATS: The 1990s’ most forgotten hip-hop collective?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DEAN WAREHAM: A multi-page comic strip by MARLY BEYER, on drinking coffee with Dean and Britta and why his new solo record is so excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • PHEW: Japanese experimental artist gets the ANDY BETA treatment
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ORCHESTRE TOUT POUISSANT MARCEL DUCHAMP by the great SARA JAFFE

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maggot Brain (Issue #6)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content – art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more – with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This issue contains pieces on: Bikini Kill, Boris, Endless Boogie, New Kingdom, The Clean, ELO, Archie Shepp, Echo and the Bunnymen, Primal Scream, The Guerilla Girls, Planetary Peace

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ON THE COVER:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amazing unseen image of Bikini Kill live at CBGB in 1990, by MIKE GALINSKY, with accompanying lengthy photo essay exploring indie-rock in the early 1990s, including behind-the-scenes, unpublished black-and-white film images of Sonic Youth, Unwound, Mary Timony, Sleepyhead, Half Japanese, and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baxter Dury

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chaise Longue

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Methods of parenting and education have progressed in recent years, especially compared to some of the more casually experimental routes inflicted on children of artistic professionals in the 70s and 80s. One experience that would take some beating is that endured by Baxter Dury. When punk rock star Ian Dury disappeared to make films in the late 80s, he left his teenage son in the care of his roadie, in a rundown flat in Hammersmith.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But this was no ordinary roadie; this was the Sulphate Strangler. The Strangler, having taken a lot of LSD in the 60s, was prone to depression, anger and hallucinations. He was also, as the name suggests, a drug dealer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What could possibly go wrong?In a period that we can now only imagine, a young Baxter ricocheted from one adventure to another, narrowly swerving one disaster only immediately to collide with another. At times, his situation was perilous in the extreme - the world is lucky to have him at all. CHAISE LONGUE is an intimate account of those escapades, evocatively illuminating a bohemian west London populated with feverishly grubby characters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Narrated in Dury's candid tone, both sad and funny, this moving story will leave an indelible imprint on its readers.

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