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The Wire

Issue 437 - July 2020

    Inside this issue:

    Tangerine Dream: The members of the kosmische music institution discuss deep space, evolution and late leader Edgar Froese with Phil Freeman. Plus: David Burraston on the group’s synthesizers, Matt Krefting on their 1970s albums, Emily Pothast on their artwork, and Philip Brophy on their decades-spanning relationship with cinema

    Armand Hammer & Backwoodz Studioz: Joined by ShrapKnel, Duncecap and other comrades affiliated to Brooklyn’s Backwoodz Studioz label, MC Billy Woods and rapper/producer Elucid carve out a fresh future for rap. By John Morrison

    John Russell & Mopomoso: Having provided generations of improvisors with inspiration and support, guitarist John Russell’s Mopomoso meetings are now in jeopardy due to the Covid-19 crisis. By Philip Clark

    Invisible Jukebox: Moor Mother × Rasheedah Phillips: The Black Quantum Futurism duo test each other’s mettle via The Wire’s mystery record selection

    Global Ear: Our regular column from around the world continues to report on the varied experiences of and responses to the Covid-19 crisis. This month: views from Manchester and Warsaw

    Shindig!

    Issue 104

      Judee Sill In search of the original beatnik outlaw

      Tim Buckley The British TV and radio sessions

      Amon Duul II Krautrock’s most psychedelic adventurers

      The Vapors ‘Turning Japanese’, Jam tour supports and beyond

      The Yorkshire Folk, Blues And Jazz Festival A disastrous August weekend in 1970

      Regulars

      Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the Shindig! turntable

      Thoughts & Words Your letters, tweets and emails

      It’s A Happening Thing Sonic Boom, Bananagun, El Michels Affair, The Association, Gloria, Jon Anderson & The Warriors, Quarantine Screen, Children Of The State, Sam Burton, Hippies Vs Ghosts, Malcolm Goldie, Kai Clark, Moura

      Family Album Plush’s Fed

      Deep Cuts Giallo soundtracks

      20 Questions The Chesterfield Kings’ frontman and voice, Greg Prevost

      Reviews The best in reissues, new releases, 45s and books

      Vinyl Art Procol Harum’s Shine On Brightly

      Prize Crossword Bag yourself a copy of The Belfast Gypsies’ Them Belfast Gypsies CD anthology from Grapefruit

      The Wire

      Issue 436 - June 2020

        Inside this issue:

        Arca: For over a decade Venezuelan producer, vocalist and performer Alejandra Ghersi has been queering electronic music and the discourse around it. With her fourth album KiCk i imminent she talks cyborgian fantasies and non-binary futures. By Steph Kretowicz

        Once Upon A Time In Williamsburg: In the 1970s, the then rundown New York borough was home to a progressive black music community involving Rashied Ali, Marzette Watts, Carol Blank, and others. By Val Wilmer

        Greg Fox: From his work in Guardian Alien, Liturgy and Uniform to his solo excursions, the New York based drummer refracts rock via an avant garde prism. By Antonio Poscic

        Global Ear: Ten more artists, writers and organisers from around the world including Jennifer Walshe, Astral Social Club and WFMU respond to the new realities presented by the Covid-19 pandemic

        Invisible Jukebox: AGF × Vladislav Delay: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection leave Finland’s electronic power couple out in the cold?

        Unlimited Editions: Yes No Wave Music

        Unofficial Channels: The Leaf Explorers

        DJ Marcelle: Atypical turntable action from the anti-careerist eclecticist. By Chal Ravens

        Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman & Rob St John: Their UK arts collaboration is beginning to see the light. By Julian Cowley

        Robert Ridley-Shackleton: Life and times of a bargain bin Prince. By Stewart Smith

        The Inner Sleeve: Mourning [A] BLKstar’s RA Washington on Archie Shepp’s The Cry Of My People

        Epiphanies: Sonic Boom on the benefits of a psychedelic mindset

        Third Man Books Present

        Maggot Brain (Issue #2)

          OVER FEATURE is a three-parter on MOONDOG. Our editor’s phone interview with him from 1998, some amazing never-before-seen-images, and crucially this series of archival interviews from 1953.

          SHANA CLEVELAND The singer-songwriter / La Luz leader’s hand-written / illustrated tour diary chronicles a European tour with her own newborn baby, and it’s really unlike anything you’ve seen or read before. 

          GAINESVILLE RIOT ‘88 On tour supporting ‘Bug,’ the immense DINOSAUR JR’S laconic wall of sound helped to start a riot at their show in a Florida university hall. Thankfully our old pal Kevin Arrow was there with slide film in his camera to capture the event. These images have never been seen before.

          Shindig!

          Issue 103

            Features:
            Carole King, The legendary song-smith’s transition from writer to singer

            Mike Hurst Amazing tales from the producer’s chair

            Amanda Trees Hendrix accomplice tells all

            Eric Burdon & The Animals Farewell Newcastle Brown. Hello LSD. The psych years

            Regulars:
            Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the Shindig! turntable

            Thoughts & Words Your letters, tweets and emails

            It’s A Happening Thing Paul Weller, Bob Stanley, Tim Burgess, The Eighteenth Day Of May, Paul Orwell, Man Man, Marie LaForet, Spring, Bobby Conn, Fire In Her Eyes.

            Happening Right Now Brand new music from Sairie, Surprise Chef and The Bobby Lees

            Family Album France Gall’s 1968

            Deep Cuts Roy Wood tunes

            Songbook Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni’s majestic ‘Picture Me Gone’

            20 Questions Iain Matthews 50+ years in the business: The Pyramid, Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort, Plainsong and his enduring solo career

            Reviews The best in reissues, new releases, books and live shows

            Vinyl Art Marvin, Welch & Farrar’s Second Opinion

            Prize Crossword Bag yourself a copy of Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs’ wonderful new Occasional Rain compilation

            The Wire

            Issue 435 - May 2020

              Inside this issue:

              Diamanda Galás: The vocalist, composer and interpreter returns to the subjects of disease and diaspora via new work De:formation and her reissued debut album. By Louise Gray

              David Behrman: The career of the composer, performer, producer, artist and instrument builder has taken in some of the most significant advances in contemporary culture. By Julian Cowley

              Dale Cornish: Retaining the mordant wit and performative verve of his electroclash days, the Croydon based producer and performer bristles at the cutting edge of UK electronics. By Chal Ravens

              Global Ear: Artists, writers and organisers from around the world including Mariam Rezaei, Yan Jun, Mai Mai Mai, Cafe Oto and Bruce Russell respond to the new realities ushered in by Covid-19

              Invisible Jukebox: Amon Tobin: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection show the Brazilian electronicist fear in a handful of tracks? Tested by Steph Kretowicz

              Unlimited Editions: Old Heaven Books

              Unofficial Channels: Dubplates

              Sheng Jie: The Beijing cellist and composer seeks unseen worlds. By Josh Feola

              JC Leisure: Liverpool tape addict puts rave through the wringer. By Antonio Poscic

              ONO: Chicago’s post-industrial griots say sodom if they can’t take the funk. By Dave Segal

              Gavilán Rayna Russom: Decay and deep currents inform the work of the New York synth savant. By Steph Kretowicz

              The Inner Sleeve: Octo Octa on Boards Of Canada’s A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

              Epiphanies: Shrimper Records boss Dennis Callaci on his portable cassette player pal

              Mojo

              Issue 318 - May 2020

                COVER STORY: FOO FIGHTERS Twenty-five years on, Dave Grohl and co return to the mid-’90s’ post-Kurt crunch, when success was far from assured. Plus! US alt-rock’s broader crisis, the Foos’ new film (with Ringo!) and new album news.

                1970: THE GREAT DIVIDE James Taylor or the MC5? Supine singer-songwriters or revolting rockers? Jon Savage relives 1970 – the first year rock seriously considered its past, and future.

                ART GARFUNKEL The eccentric top end of the disharmonious duo rues his Bad Timing and regrets S&G’s untaken Irish direction. “I’m trying to be normal,” he insists.

                MARGO PRICE Obscurity and family trauma were the neo-outlaw country star’s formative ordeals. But neither is success stress-free: “I still don’t know why I’m here!”

                JARVIS COCKER Sex, cave art, Britpop: an eclectic smorgasbord of topics is served by the ex-Pulp frontman, back with his best music since the mid-’90s.

                JOHN ENTWISTLE Fellow musicians regarded The Who’s bassist with awe; fellow carousers thought him unfellable. But the rock star life he loved had his number in the end.

                THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN How the battling bros of ’80s UK indie survived the Psychocandy shitstorm to prove doubters wrong on Darklands: “We thought, Let’s make an album about the songs.”

                PUNK IN LONDON Sheila Rock’s photographs of Lydon, Strummer, Siouxsie (and incinerated human remains?) recreate a scene shot through with innocence and idealism.

                Shindig!

                Issue 102

                  Features

                  Barnabus Warwickshire ’70s heavies unearthed

                  The Hollies Bobby Elliott’s Californian memories

                  Neil Innes The remarkable career of a singular talent

                  Rod McKuen The many sides of a true musical maverick

                  Supersister Brilliantly bonkers prog, Dutch-style

                  Regulars

                  Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the turntable

                  Thoughts & Words Your letters, tweets and emails

                  It’s A Happening Thing Espers, The Sonic Dawn, Michael Rault, A Girl Called Eddy, Eyelids, elvinyl, Pink Floyd, Jack Sharp, Saba Lou, competition

                  Happening Right Now Brand new music from The Small Breed, Extraa and Magick Brother & Mystic Sister

                  Family Album The Rain Parade’s influential 1983 LP Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

                  Deep Cuts Sixties Cat Stevens

                  20 Questions Graham Day’s modest recollections of The Prisoners and beyond

                  Reviews The best in reissues, new releases, books and live shows

                  Vinyl Art Astrud Gilberto’s I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do

                  Third Man Books Present

                  Maggot Brain (Issue #1)

                    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!

                    The Wire

                    Issue 434 - April 2020

                      Inside this issue:
                      Thundercat: Schooled in jazz, funk, punk and more, the flamboyant bassist, vocalist and songwriter brings mischief, mirth and melancholy to that most misunderstood of genres – fusion. By Phil Freeman. Plus essays on fusion past, present and future by Greg Tate and John Morrison.

                      Gal Costa: Ahead of a rare UK live date, the Brazilian musician and vocalist discusses bossa nova, tropicália, political engagement and remaining open to the unexpected. By Russ Slater.

                      Jarboe: The erstwhile Swans vocalist and Neurosis collaborator returns with an intimate collection of reflective songs inspired by her travels. By Claire Biddles.

                      Roger & Brian Eno: With a collaborative album in the can, the Eno brothers discuss the anatomy of ambient music. By Philip Clark.

                      Invisible Jukebox: William Gibson: Can the visionary science fiction author hack The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Bick


                      Shindig!

                      Issue 101

                        Features

                        Hypnotic Bridge Sampler Contemporary psychedelia to download and keep

                        Chris Darrow Remembering the country-rock pioneer

                        The Box Tops The Memphis blue-eyed soul hitmakers

                        Tangerine Dream Peter Baumann discusses the kosmiche German’s early ’70s ascension

                        The Beach Boys The end of pop stardom: the Brother years

                        Regulars

                        Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the Shindig! turntable

                        Thoughts & Words. Your letters, tweets and emails

                        It’s A Happening Thing.

                        Jonathan Wilson, Cornershop, King Khan, Mapache, Heliocentrics, The New Tweedy Brothees, RPM Records, Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters, Le Beat Bespoke

                        Happening Right Now.

                        Brand new music from Emile, Moon Attendant and The Homesick

                        Family Album MGMT’s career-changing 2009 album Congratulations

                        Reviews. The best in reissues, new releases, books, DVDs and live shows

                        Vinyl Art. Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends

                        Mojo

                        Issue 316 - March 2020

                          MARKING 40 YEARS SINCE their epic final album, Closer, and Ian Curtis’s tragic suicide, Joy Division’s surviving members revisit their 1980, while MOJO’s covermount CD, Atmospheres, traces the band’s fertile milieu and legacy through Wire and A Certain Ratio to Idles, Jehnny Beth and Black Country, New Road.

                          Also in this issue: how The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway spelt the end for Peter Gabriel’s Genesis; Curtis Mayfield’s early-’70s bid for autonomy; The Black Crowes’ battle royale. Plus: Beastie Boys, John Prine, Peter Green, The Necks, Maria McKee, Mosey Sumney, Hank Williams, Tame Impala, Etta James, The Chocolate Watch Band, Neil Innes RIP, and Brian Jones… on acid!

                          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.

                            Shindig!

                            Issue 99

                              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. 

                                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.

                                  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.

                                      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.

                                        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.

                                              Jon Savage

                                              This Searing Light, The Sun And Everything Else - Joy Division: The Oral History

                                                Jon Savage's magisterial oral history is the last word on Joy Division and a must-read for any fan.

                                                Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.

                                                In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honore, and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist.

                                                This searing light, the sun and everything else presents the history of Joy Division in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music writing, Jon Savage.

                                                Will Carruthers

                                                Playing The Bass With Three Left Hands

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

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

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

                                                  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.

                                                    Viv Albertine

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                      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.

                                                                    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.

                                                                          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.

                                                                              Shindig!

                                                                              Issue 72

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

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

                                                                                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.

                                                                                      Robin Turner

                                                                                      Believe In Magic - Heavenly Recordings: The First 30 Years - Saint Etienne Exclusive Edition

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

                                                                                        We fell in love with Saint Etienne from the off here at Piccadilly, when they released their Kiss And Make Up single back in 1990. This was the year we took over the shop and their debut album Fox Base Alpha was a firm favourite back in our old Brown Street base. 

                                                                                        This exclusive edition includes a 7" single: Spring b/w Spring (instrumental). 
                                                                                        Spring is taken from Saint Etienne’s debut LP, Foxbase Alpha. It is the first time it has been released as a single. The instrumental on the flip side is previously unreleased.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




                                                                                        Robin Turner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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