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Fuzz Club Magazine

Issue 2

    Issue #2 of the Fuzz Club Magazine is packed with a story about digging cables and brit-pop bullshit by Will Carruthers, interview with Lumerians, The Gluts and Oliver Ackerman, Patrick Clark traces the history of krautrock, an extract from Craig Dyer's first novel, Jared Artaud writes about his time with Alan Vega and lots more. As with Issue 1, this is a beautifully printed, perfect-bound A5 mag with glossy pages and a soft-touch/matte laminated cover.

    Genre pick of the week Cover of Issue 1 by Fuzz Club Magazine.

    Fuzz Club Magazine

    Issue 1

      Issue 1 clocks in at 96 pages and includes interviews/features with the likes of Holy Wave, The Telescopes, RF Shannon, Nicholas Wood (The KVB/Saccades), The Oscillation, The Third Sound, Routine Death and Sherpa The Tiger, art spotlights on Olya Dyer of The Underground Youth and photographer Lilly Creightmore, João of 10 000 Russos reflecting on the singular legacy of Mark E. Smith and recalling a torturous interview with the man himself, a primer on the Swedish psych scene, Christian Bland, Al Lover and Bob Mustachio on the history of Levitation/Austin Psych Fest and an in-depth retrospective on 1988 as a pivotal moment in the early years of shoegaze.

      The Wire

      Issue 429: November 2019

        On the cover: Kevin Martin + Stephen O’Malley: Bottom end technicians and high priests of high volume Sunn O))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley and Kevin Martin aka The Bug meet in Paris to discuss their low lives. Mediated by Mike Barnes.

        Plus: Francis Gooding decodes the conceptually minded Ideologic Organ label; Abi Bliss talks to choreographer Gisèle Vienne; Phil Freeman on Martin’s close associate Justin Broadrick; and Joe Muggs on The Bug’s MC collaborators.

        Also inside this issue: Hanna Hartman: The Berlin based Swedish electroacoustician has amassed three decades of work. As composer-in-residence at this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, she’ll be bringing it to the stage. By Philip Clark.

        Jöelle Léandre: The French bassist has travelled the globe with the aim of collapsing barriers and conventions. On a stopover in Mexico City she discusses her self-described nomadic career ahead of a residency at London’s Cafe Oto. By Louise Gray.

        Plus: Invisible Jukebox: Jaimie Branch, Global Ear: Sokołowsko, Lara Rix-Martin, George Xylouris, Swing Ting, Corporate Ambient, Jessica Pavone, Apprentice Destroyer, Joe, hundreds of reviews and more.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Magazine Info: Free with this issue: The Wire Tapper 51

        Mojo

        Issue 312 - November 2019

          COVER STORY: THE WHO Townshend and Daltrey have laid down their cudgels to deliver the best Who album in decades. But don’t imagine the sparks don’t fly in these exclusive MOJO interviews. “Roger *chose not to visit the studio once,” says Pete. “That’s kind of sad.”

          COVERMOUNT CD: HEAVY NUGGETS VOL. V The latest in MOJO’S much-loved series of riffmungous connoisseur compilations features Hawkwind, Groundhogs, Acid Mothers Temple, The Heads, Fu Manchu, Crushed Butler and more.

          PiL Braving tales of dope and danger, MOJO reopens the Metal Box with the men who sealed it, 40 years ago. “Chemical warfare was going on!” recalls John Lydon.

          HAWKWIND As a new album looms, MOJO revisits the insanity of Space Ritual – the tour-cum-album that made their legend. “It was an idealistic thing,” learns Ian Harrison.

          JUDY COLLINS In the mid-’50s, her passion for folk music derailed a promising career as a concert pianist. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen had reason to thank their stars.

          UNDERWORLD How rave’s art-rock wing tore each other apart, and how, miraculously, 2019 became their most productive year. It’s been emotional, they tell Andrew Male.

          GENE CLARK The fragile founding Byrd had invented folk- and country-rock to little reward. Cue a lush pop makeover – in make-up! – and an ill-starred masterpiece...

          BIG THIEF A Christian cult, a controlling father: Adrianne Lenker made her escape from both with the help of her songs, and her band of brothers. Mat Snow reports.

          Thom Yorke

          I See You - Crack Magazine Present (A Zine) Curated By Thom Yorke

            As a companion piece to the 100th Issue of CRACK Magazine, which featured Thom Yorke on the cover, the magazine have worked with Thom on a limited edition zine, entitled I See You.

            Centred around resistance, pressure and panic in 2019, Crack Magazine and Thom Yorke have collaborated on a special limited-edition zine which unites the thoughts and messages of eight artists and activists chosen by Thom. All eight are asked the same set of questions written by Thom and the disparate answers are presented together alongside a patchwork of visual fragments from each interviewee’s world.

            The zine features pioneering synth legend Laurie Spiegel, prominent global warming activist George Monbiot, Edinburgh poet and writer Harry Josephine Giles, New York contemporary artist Amy Cutler, fashion designer Jun Takahashi, director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino, experimental musician Kali Malone and Brooklyn-based artist Christian Holstad.

            Featuring an exclusive foreword note from Thom, as well as artwork from Stanely Donwood and Dr Tchock the zine serves as an expansion on the themes explored in his cover story for Issue 100 of Crack Magazine – an assessment of anxieties, futures, sustainability and opposition.

            All profits from the zine go to Greenpeace. Approx 100pg.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Magazine Info: 100pg perfect bound book, foil blocking on the cover. Solid colour 3 edges.

            Ugly Things

            Issue #51 - Summer 2019

              This issue we turn up the volume all the way for the story of Randy Holden’s days with Blue Cheer along with the making of his heavy rock colossus Population II. From the sixties garage band universe, we’re presenting must-read features on the Night Shadows (a.k.a. Little Phil & the Night Shadows), and the Bad Seeds (“King of the Soap Box”).

              We also have fascinating interviews with Wally Bryson (the Choir, Cyrus Erie), John Dalton of the Kinks and the (pre-Creation) Mark Four, and the second and final installment of our interview with Lenny Kaye, rock writer supreme and Patti Smith’s right-hand man. Harvey Kubernik covers (Ike and) Tina Turner in the ‘60s and ‘70s; Eric Davidson takes the lid off the epic new Peter Laughner box set; King Khan reveals the secrets of the Black Power Tarot; and Tim Stegall pays tribute to the recently departed Roky Erickson.

              All this and more, including our expansive review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books.

              The Wire

              Issue 428: October 2019

                Inside this issue:

                The World Of Kim Gordon: As the musician, vocalist, author, artist, fashion designer and former Sonic Youth member prepares to release her debut solo album, she takes stock of her consistently adventurous career to date. By Abi Bliss. Plus: Dan Barrow on Gordon/Andy Warhol connection; Matt Krefting revisits Gordon’s former New Weird America homebase in Western Massachusetts; Jennifer Lucy Allan talks to Body/Head’s Bill Nace; and Tony Rettman rounds up her close collaborators

                Loré Lixenberg: The fearless experimental vocalist takes on Conlon Nancarrow’s famously complex player-piano compositions, testing her own limits in the process. By Emily Bick

                Invisible Jukebox: Hans-Peter Lindstrøm: Will the Norwegian producer get “Fast & Delirious” with The Wire’s mystery record selection, or will he feel his “Limitations”? Tested by Rob Young

                The Primer: Death Metal: From the primitive beginnings of Death and Possessed to the technical ecstasy of Necrophagist and Wormed, The Wire presents a user’s guide to one of rock’s most consistently innovative subgenres. By Phil Freeman

                Ka Baird: Flute-ful endeavours from the US multi- instrumentalist. By Claire Sawers

                Hey String: Korean trio move zither and yon. By Clive Bell

                The Big YES!: Scandinavian improv supergroup project a positive mental attitude. By Stewart Smith

                Loraine James: London based producer rolls out glitchy bangers. By Daniel Neofetou

                Global Ear: Hong Kong: The region’s experimental scene rallies against authoritarianism. By Josh Feola

                The Inner Sleeve: Pan Daijing: on Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes Of Time

                Epiphanies: A pilgrimage to New York engages body and mind for Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder

                Shindig!

                Issue 95

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

                  Shindig!

                  Issue 94

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

                    Phil Taggart

                    Slacker Guide To The Music Industry

                      What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Aside from selling a truckload of records and defying the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they've all given up their hard-earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you'll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry. With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business - and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters and marketers who made it happen for them - BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his industry expertise to give even the most basic beginner a road map to success.

                      But this is no scam or ‘get rich quick' scheme - Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry uses the knowledge of the people who've navigated the difficult waters of the music industry to ask all the questions you never even knew you had to ask, such as: At what point do I need a manager? What is sync? What does a sound person even do, anyway?! This book can't teach you how to write a killer song, or what moves to pull on stage, but it is brimming with invaluable advice that you'll need when you want to take your career to the next stage.

                      Phil said: “There are so many moving parts to the music industry to get a handle on when you are just starting out - hopefully the last few years gathering the great and the good of music together for this book will help a little bit and free up some brain space to focus on what’s important… playing and performing.”

                      Phil Taggart's The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry is Phil's first book, and he's poured all that experience into every page, drawing from the expertise of some of the key names in the business. Illustrated by the talented Jack Smith, this comprehensive 364-page guide has chapters including: Building a Fanbase, Music Videos, Management, Image, Publishing, Distribution and Streaming, PR and many more.

                      Gold Flake Paint

                      Issue Three

                        Big Thief, Weyes Blood, Cate Le Bon, Jamila Woods, The Tallest Man On Earth, Nilufer Yanya, Heather Woods Broderick, Charly Bliss, The Mountain Goats, Laura Stevenson, Self Esteem, Patience, The Get Up Kids, Partner, Ben Seretan, Christelle Bofale, Claire Cronin and more.

                        Reviews of The National, Lomelda, WH Lung, Tacocat, Lydia Ainsworth, Rosie Tucker, Joanna Sternberg, and more - Plus personal essays, new music recommendations, and photography. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Another thoroughly essential issue of the stunning GFP print run. Beautifully written and immaculately presented, this goes to show how nice physical magazines really can be. Lovely.

                        Shindig!

                        Issue 93

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

                          Shindig!

                          Issue 92

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

                            Various Artists

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

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

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

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

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                              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. 

                                Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

                                Beastie Boys Book

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

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

                                  Lizzy Goodman

                                  Meet Me In The Bathroom

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

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

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

                                    Kim Gordon

                                    Girl In A Band

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

                                      In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.

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

                                      Shaun Ryder

                                      Wrote For Luck

                                        30 of Shaun Ryder's lyrics with commentary by the 'Salford Dylan' collected for the first time

                                        In the mid-1980s the Happy Mondays emerged as the prime mischief makers on the Madchester scene. Chief protagonist was Shaun Ryder, a man whose lyrical street swagger in songs like Kinky Afro, 24 Hour Party People and Performance, would come to define a generation. Here, collected and edited for the first time, in trade and special editions, are his unforgettable lyrics with commentary by the man himself and an introduction by his literary collaborator, Luke Bainbridge.

                                        With characteristic understatement, Tony Wilson once compared Shaun William Ryder's lyrics to the poetry of W. B. Yeats. That is, if W. B. Yeats had been an inveterate drug-taker and occasional dealer, a compatriot of criminals and crazies, an aficionado of low life and high times; if he had painted artful sketches of endless parties and urban blight, of chancers, dead beats, fanatics and, always, an endless stream of pharmaceuticals; if W. B. Yeats had composed fractured, hilarious, grubby and shrewdly observed anthems for the Madchester generation. That W. B. Yeats: Shaun William Ryder.

                                        Cultural Bulletin

                                        Issue A - Winter 2018/19

                                          Cultural Bulletin is a biannual publication and website that looks at independent cinema, experimental music, conceptual design and contemporary art. Issue A reflects on the past year in music and cinema and talks to protagonists within these and other creative fields.

                                          Issue A features:
                                          OK-RM (design)
                                          Ian Bonhote (director of documentary McQueen)
                                          Tom Townend (cinematographer for You Were Never Really Here)
                                          Barry Adamson (musician, film composer)
                                          Hanyo Van Oosterom (musician – The Chi Factory)
                                          Ruth Bate (artist)
                                          Fanny Agren (photography)
                                          Rory Cook (poet)

                                          In Review – Music:
                                          Vanligt Folk
                                          Accolytes
                                          Steven Julien
                                          Suba
                                          Enhet För Fri Musik
                                          Tropa Macaca
                                          H.Takahashi
                                          Modern Blonde
                                          Jenny Hval
                                          The Field
                                          7FO
                                          Never
                                          Scott Gordon
                                          Waveform Transmission

                                          Film:
                                          McQueen
                                          Sicilian Ghost Story
                                          Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)
                                          Beast
                                          Les Gardiennes
                                          Apostasy
                                          Call Me By Your Name
                                          Jeune Femme
                                          Western
                                          General Magic
                                          The Wound
                                          You Were Never Really Here
                                          Cold War
                                          Funny Cow
                                          Lucky

                                          Ian Curtis

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

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

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

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

                                            Erased Tapes

                                            Solo Piano - Sheet Music Book

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

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

                                              Rob Chapman

                                              Psychedelia And Other Colours (Hardback Edition)

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

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

                                                Includes a foreward by Andrew Weatherall.


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                                Everett True

                                                The Electrical Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                  Richard Easter

                                                  Cover Stories

                                                    Would you like to find out…

                                                    Where The Beatles' Dear Prudence went out to play?

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

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

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

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

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

                                                    Nick Soulsby

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

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

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

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

                                                      Ian Tilton & Claire Caldwell

                                                      Set In Stone - Ian Tilton's Stone Roses Photographs

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

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

                                                        Kris Needs

                                                        Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story

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

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

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

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

                                                          Barry Miles & Chris Charlesworth

                                                          David Bowie Black Book

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

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

                                                            Robert Forster

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

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

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

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

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                                                              Wolfgang Flür

                                                              Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

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

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

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

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

                                                                Rudi Esch

                                                                Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music

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

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

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

                                                                  Johnny Rogan

                                                                  The Byrds - Requiem For The Timeless: Volume 2

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

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

                                                                    Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

                                                                    All Gates Open - The Story Of Can

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

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

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

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

                                                                      Tim Burgess

                                                                      Telling Stories

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

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

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

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

                                                                        'A vivid read' Independent on Sunday

                                                                        Gold Flake Paint

                                                                        Issue Two

                                                                          GoldFlakePaint's new music journal
                                                                          Issue Two, Winter - Released January 25th 2019

                                                                          Over 100 pages, beautifully curated and designed.

                                                                          Issue Two features: Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst, Lucy Dacus...

                                                                          Plus Martha, Tiny Ruins, Jessica Pratt, Advance Base, Damien Jurado, Free Love, Mat Riviere, Kat Gardiner, personal essays, photography, new music recommendations, and more.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: A beautifully written and perfectly presented waltz into the physical realm for the legendary Gold Flake Paint. Featuring interviews, articles and curios all presented with flair in a beautiful package. Finally in-store! Get 'em while you still can.

                                                                          Shindig!

                                                                          Issue 88

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

                                                                            Graham Jones

                                                                            The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

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

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

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

                                                                              Brix Smith Start

                                                                              The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                Chris Hewitt

                                                                                Martin Hannett, His Equipment And Strawberry Studios

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

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

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

                                                                                  Gwen & Michael Riley Jones

                                                                                  The Piccadilly Records Book

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                    Graham Jones

                                                                                    Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Records Shops

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

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

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

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

                                                                                      Graham Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                        Jeff Tweedy

                                                                                        Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)

                                                                                          Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the mainstream - and back again.

                                                                                          Funny, disarming, and deeply honest, his memoir casts light on his unique creative process and the stories that shaped his life and career, from a childhood spent in Illinois to the release of No Depression in the early 90s - which set the blueprint for alt-country – and later working with Mavis Staples and, posthumously, Woody Guthrie.

                                                                                          Lubomyr Melnyk

                                                                                          Continuous Music : Selected Works

                                                                                            Erased Tapes presents Continuous Music: Selected Works, the first printed collection of scores from prolific pianist and Continuous Music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, making his unique technique available to piano lovers all around the world. This first volume contains selections from each of Melnyk’s releases on Erased Tapes, including Corollaries (2013), Evertina (2014), Rivers and Streams (2015) and a very special handwritten score of Pockets of Light, serving as an entry point to his technique. Continuous Music Selected Works also contains a previously unreleased score, The Moving Window, plus detailed notes from the composer himself. Every copy comes with audio recordings of all six pieces including a new version of Butterfly, specially recorded for the reader. Melnyk’s mission with this sheet music book is for musicians and piano enthusiasts to gain a greater love and understanding of the instrument, while being inspired to delve further into the world of Continuous Music.

                                                                                            “This music offers you a new dimension of your own self that you did not know existed … a delightful place where you feel the total freedom of the music opening up before you, a vast open plain where you can sail and frolic freely anywhere you wish to go … Your ship is awaiting you, and the sea is endless and at peace … there are no dangers, and no reefs to shatter your journey … only the open, endless water for your discovery.” Only Parasol and Pockets Of Light are what Melnyk calls “pure” Continuous Music. The other four works are in a standard notation format and include Evertina, Awaiting, a hybrid of Butterfly — a mixture of both regular and Continuous Piano — and The Moving Window, containing elements of both worlds. Since Continuous Music is very different to standard piano music, it has been challenging to present it in a readable and playable notation as there are simply too many notes. Instead, Melnyk developed a new method of notation that can give a clear and immediate impression of the piece; “a notation that lets the music live in your fingers, a notation that offers you Freedom instead of Conformity!

                                                                                            “ Although his scores might look daunting at first — some pages are reminiscent of the avant-garde notation of composers like John Cage, Cornelius Cardew or George Crumb — these pieces offer the pianist a great degree of freedom to formulate their own personal vision of the moment they are playing. A particular kind of improvisation is a key part of performing this music and a technique that Lubomyr uses himself. Melnyk’s scores therefore are a unique combination of traditional notation, text and the occasional use of slightly more avant-garde symbology. Importantly, the written scores of Lubomyr are a fascinating insight into his mind, character and personality. “Do not be dismayed by any difficulties you might face in learning these pieces! It is more important that you use these notations to help you generate a living piece of music, rather than playing every note on the page…As the (in)famous pirate Jack Sparrow once said: “They are more a ‘guideline’ … than a ‘Book of Rules” — Lubomyr Melnyk.


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