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The Wire

Issue 431 - January

    Inside this issue:

    2019 Rewind: the year in underground music

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

    Critics’ Reflections: Our contributors look back on 2019’s cultural highs and lows

    Science Fiction: Worlds beyond. By Claire Sawers

    Residencies: Adventures with the avant jet set. By Clive Bell

    Columnists’ Charts: Our specialist critics select music that shook their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to noise

    Criticism: Shade tolerance. By Emily Bick

    Streaming: Clouding the issue. By Mark Sinker

    Hobbyism: Scene unheard. By Rob Hayler

    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: Hildur Guðnadóttir: Will the cellist and composer bow under the weight of The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Lizzie Davis

    Unlimited Editions: Discus Records

    Unofficial Channels: 64 Quartets

    Empath: Philadelphia four-piece let their feelings flow. By Neil Kulkarni

    Pod Blotz: Tech trash and future flash from the Los Angeles polymath. By Louis Pattison

    Adam de la Cour: High art and kitsch meet in the UK film maker/composer’s work. By Robert Barry

    Global Ear: Mexico City: The capital city is a melting pot for contemporary jazz. By Howard Mandel

    The Inner Sleeve: Joe Muggs on ’Ard Corrr by Well ’Ard

    Epiphanies: Nature nurtures, according to Ben Ponton of :zoviet*france:

    The Wire

    Issue 430: December 2019

      Inside this issue:

      Clipping: Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson pool their combined experience in noise, modern composition, film scoring and performance to create abrasive mutant hiphop, as demonstrated by new album There Existed An Addiction To Blood. By Emily Pothast

      Once Upon A Time In Glasgow: In the 1970s playwright, poet and musician Tom McGrath was a key figure in Scottish jazz, bringing Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Mahavishnu Orchestra to Glasgow while promoting the city’s fertile homegrown scene. By Stewart Smith

      Jahtari: For 15 years Jan Gleichmar aka Disrupt has been cross-breeding the sounds of video games with dub. Now he is preparing to wind down the label to make way for his new imprint Zonedog. By Chal Ravens

      Invisible Jukebox: Howe Gelb: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection cause the Giant Sand man to kick up dust? Tested by David Mittleman

      Unlimited Editions: Public Bath Press

      Unofficial Channels: Hainbach

      Last Yearz Interesting Negro: Dancer and choreographer Jamila Johnson-Small pits flesh against fetishisation. By Stephanie Phillips

      Philip Thomas: The UK pianist walks the line between improv and composition. By Philip Clark

      Amirtha Kidambi: The vocalist and composer talks channelling, collaboration and Carnatic music. By Claire Sawers

      Global Ear: Nalchik: Punk ethnography is thriving in the Caucasus. By Nikita Velichko

      The Inner Sleeve: Beverly Glenn-Copeland on Chard Chénier

      Epiphanies: Ain Bailey receives revelations via parties, radio and hymns

      Shindig!

      Issue 98

        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.

        Piccadilly Records

        End Of Year Review 2019

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

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

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

          Tim Burgess

          One To Another

            Tim Burgess is lead singer of one of the defining bands of the ’90s, The Charlatans. In One Two Another, the singer presents and annotates his lyrics – from The Charlatans to The Chemical Brothers – allowing an insight into a very idiosyncratic and creative song-writing process.

            As Tim writes: ‘That’s the thing. I imagine almost everybody writes songs in different ways, but then again each person may use all the different ways to come up with the lyrics to a song. From lists to experiences and stories, there are no rules. A good song is a good song whoever writes it and however the writing happens. I only know what I do. In this here book I have collected some of the ideas and thoughts and words.’

            ‘Tim Burgess is a crusader and vinyl’s epic voyager. He knows why pop’s art, a culture and a cure. Learn and listen. He knows good things’ Johnny Marr

            ‘You can’t feel blue around Tim. He makes you feel happy, not just about music but about life. Even the most cynical of souls (mine) become infected by his gorgeous energy. Plus he gives good vinyl’ Sharon Horgan

            Mojo

            Issue 314 - January 2020

              A BUMPER SEASONAL PACKAGE, pairing a deep dive inside the genius of Leonard Cohen (plus the exclusive story of the posthumous new album, Thanks For The Dance) with our indispensable Review Of The Year, featuring the 75 Best New Albums of 2019, best reissues and the best releases in specialist genres – all presented in a handy and stylish additional book. The covermount CD is a comprehensive Best Of 2019, including tracks by Nick Cave, Underworld, Sharon Van Etten, Bill Callahan, Cate Le Bon and Fat White Family. Also in the issue: Ginger Baker – the full story; Brittany Howard’s solo breakout; the birth of Madness; Beck’s back pages; and Fontaines DC’s brilliant year. Not to mention: Springsteen, Hendrix, Nilsson, Lana Del Rey, Paul Butterfield, Jaz Coleman, Mark Hollis, Weller’s avant garde EP… and Ivor Cutler. Plus: Officially The Greatest Christmas Albums Of All Time!

              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.

                Gareth Ashton

                Manchester; It Never Rains.....

                  In 1976, a brand new, exhilarating musical revolution was beginning to gather momentum in London, instigated by grown ups, but embraced and spearheaded by a dissatisfied youth, bored of the stagnant stench of a music industry that said, and meant, nothing to them. 200 miles North up the M1 was a city that was primed ready and able to play it’s part in the growth of punk rock in the U.K; Manchester.

                  This book aims to explain why punk was the ideal natural musical progression in the city, as told by the people who were there at that embryonic stage before it entered into mainstream consciousness. In a time when hairstyle and dress sense defined your personality, nailing your colours to the mast of a grey and monochrome backdrop. Where people’s indifference to difference was measured in punches, and intolerance of tolerance was metered out in kicks. Working class kids from the inner city council estates who found escape from their surroundings in music and fashion. Not off the peg fashion, but homemade ingenuity, glamour through austerity, there’s nothing like a bit of individuality to make the natives restless.

                  Manchester has been the home of many musical firsts; Halle Orchestra, Top Of The Pops, Sex Pistols on television, Independent record release. An infamous gig that spawned a plethora of bands, writers, photographers, artists. It was home to The Electric Circus, Pips, Rafters, Band On The Wall, venues which are all (predominantly) fondly remembered as memories of a well spent youth.

                  The book charts those protagonists from their early life growing up, socially and musically, the impact that punk had on their lives, including the bands that sprung up from it, how it allowed them to express their beliefs, and how it’s ideology has stayed with them up to the present day. The time line is between the early 1960’s until December 1977 (ish). The story is predominantly told through the words of the subjects, after hours of editing face to face interviews and emails, interspersed with my narrative connecting and introducing the differing topics and chapters.

                  It is a social history document as well as a musical coming of age memoir, a time capsule of days of which we will never again see the like.

                  Mojo

                  Issue 313 - December 2019

                    COVER STORY: NEIL YOUNG From high up in the Rockies, the patron saint of Doing Your Thing delivers his latest thunderbolt, forged with the help of weed hits, eco ire and rock’n’roll’s most storied backing band: Crazy Horse.

                    DEBBIE HARRY The Blondie singer has told her own story at last: adoption, acid, punk, Bowie’s junk, the secrets and lies. But why did it feel like pulling teeth?

                    THE ROLLING STONES From Olympic to Altamont via Hyde Park and Cotchford Farm, Ethan Russell’s peerless photographs tell the story of Let It Bleed, the Stones’ first masterpiece.

                    LOU REED As a book of his complete lyrics emerges, Reed’s partner Laurie Anderson offers blazing insight into his world – Rotten Rita, Newspaper Joe and all.

                    CATE LE BON Back to her West Wales hometown with Britain’s most unusual songwriter, fêted by John Cale, Deerhunter and more for her psychedelic spirit and studio suss.

                    MARK LANEGAN An elemental voice. A helluva life – from peak grunge to 8-day coma to solo salvation. The takeaway? “You don’t have to get shittier as you get older.”

                    R.E.M. Folk-rock gave way to glam, irony and volume when Athens’ finest unleashed their Monster. 25 years on, the band relive a divisive album and watershed tour.

                    BETTY WRIGHT How to survive and thrive in the rigged game of showbiz, with one of ’70s soul’s great unsung voices. “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” she advises.

                    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.

                      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.

                                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.

                                    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.

                                      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

                                        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.

                                            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.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

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                                                      Wolfgang Flür

                                                      Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

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

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

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

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

                                                        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.

                                                            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.

                                                                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.

                                                                            Third Man Books Present

                                                                            Maggot Brain

                                                                              Third Man Records is excited to announce Maggot Brain, a new, full-color quarterly edited by noted Detroit music scribe Mike McGonigal. Inside the Premiere Issue - Dec/Jan/Feb 2020:

                                                                              Alice Coltrane, Swell Maps, Malls Across America, Mia Zapata, Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, Luc Sante, Vibrant Detroit Sign Painting, Mayakovsky, Index, Big Joanie, How To Resist Ice, Daniel Johnston, Les Filles Des Illeghidad, Swampfest, The KLF’s Greatest Pranks + More!


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