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The Wire

Issue 423: May 2019

    Inside this issue:
    Tanya Tagaq: Through extended vocal technique and dedication to oral tradition, the Inuk composer and performer draws attention to Canada’s destructive colonial past. By Phil England

    A Tribe Called Red: First Nation resistance takes on sonic force and physical form in the performances and recordings of the radical Canadian collective. By Marcus Boon

    The Primer: William Parker: Over a career of nearly 50 years, the bassist, composer, improvisor, poet and theorist has taken numerous paths to enlightenment. Here we present a user’s guide to his work. By Daniel Spicer

    Angel Marcloid: The Chicago based producer builds sci-fi popscapes from Weather Channel jazz and 1980s prog. By Emily Bick

    Sholto Dobie: The instrument builder and improvisor weaves myth and magic from his South London base. By Claire Sawers

    Ava Mendoza: Derek Bailey and Trey Azagthoth meet in the Brooklynite’s fiery guitarrorism. By Phil Freeman

    Julia Reidy: Adventures in microtonality with the Australian 12-string guitarist. By Abi Bliss

    Global Ear: Bristol: The West Country’s most musical city nurtures a fertile Indian classical music scene. By George Howlett

    Collateral Damage: The voices of Indigenous musicians must be heard. By tanner menard

    Invisible Jukebox: Dylan Carlson: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection bring the drone metal pioneer down to Earth? Tested by Emily Pothast

    The Inner Sleeve: Wayne Shorter on fantasy and action figures

    Epiphanies: The London Sound Survey’s Ian Rawes finds inspiration in the spectral echoes of the city.

    Mojo

    Issue 309 - June 2019

      As he returns with an atmospheric solo album that keys into classic Bruce themes and landscapes, MOJO tells the story of its gestation and explores Springsteen’s America with the help of Steve Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and more. Our covermount CD celebrates 10 years of Jack White’s Third Man label and includes Jack acts The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and Raconteurs, while inside the mag we hang out in Nashville with the last-named, reconstituted and rocking hard. Also in this issue, Captain Beefheart, Idles, P.P. Arnold, Spiritual Jazz, Jane’s Addiction and Madonna in the MOJO Interview. Plus: back to art school with Pete Townshend; Brittany Howard – inside the Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman’s solo album; a Roky Erikson tribute; Diana Ross; Youth’s y-fronts and more.

      COVER STORY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Boss’s new album, Western Stars, is a deep delve into his multi-layered America. David Fricke mines his Bruce encounters to explore its long gestation and epic sounds. Loyal E Streeters Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren fill out the picture.

      COVERMOUNT CD: LET’S SHAKE HANDS 15 incredible tracks from Jack White’s Third Man vault. Acts include The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Alabama Shakes, Bush Tetras, Joshua Hedley, A-Moms and more.

      MADONNA World rhythms, gun laws, the Book Of Revelations: it’s all go in La Ciccone’s MOJO Interview. “I did a dance to Baba O’Riley,” she informs a startled Danny Eccleston.

      THE RACONTEURS Jack White relaxes with his buds in Nashville’s greatest supergroup since Dolly, Linda and Emmylou. Meanwhile, Third Man turns 10 with typical brouhaha.

      CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Fifty years on from Trout Mask Replica – the weird album’s weird album – MOJO finds its cast nearly recovered: “There was so much hell emotionally.”

      IDLES The angry, heartfelt music of Britain’s most fervently followed band is catching on abroad. MOJO’s Mr Cameron goes to Washington for one hell of a filibuster.

      P.P. ARNOLD In the ’60s, she coulda been a contender. Now the Anglo-US Queen of the Mods is having a second wind. “I made a lot of bad decisions,” she tells Tom Doyle.

      JANE’S ADDICTION When Hollywood’s funky grunge alchemists made 1990’s Ritual De Lo Habitual, they poured in all the drugs, sex and pain that fit. No wonder it finished them off.

      REVIEWED
      David Berman’s Purple Mountains / The Black Keys / Prince / black midi / The Rolling Stones / Lloyd Cole / Aretha Franklin / Sarathy Korwar / 75 Dollar Bill / Willie Nelson / Youssou N’Dour / David Bowie

      PLUS Pete Townshend: The Art School Years / How To Buy… Spiritual Jazz / Bob Dylan’s Mockumentary / Diana Ross – in the flesh / Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard goes solo / Sabbath superfans go ape / Bedouine and The Budos Band rise up / Clem Cattini’s Tornados triumph… and torment / Ricky Lee Jones gets out the art materials / Roky Erickson and Leon Redbone – missing you already / And… Maceo Parker!

      Genre pick of the week Cover of Issue 93 by Shindig!.

      Shindig!

      Issue 93

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

        The Wire

        Issue 425: July 2019

          Moor Mother - Philadelphia poet, punk, polymath and noise maker Camae Ayewa has been kicking against the system with collaborations including Irreversible Entanglements, Kevin Martin aka The Bug, alongside her own mixtapes and albums addressing the legacy of colonialism and present day police violence.

          Plus: Latin freestyle - Peter Shapiro provides a user's guide to 1980s-era New York's freshest and flyest dance sound; Ellen Arkbro - the Swedish composer and La Monte Young student talks drones and tones. 

          The Wire

          Issue 424: June 2019

            Inside this issue:
            Charles Hayward: With a discography spanning progressive rock, post-punk and beyond, the former This Heat drummer/vocalist surveys a rich career ahead of a moving new solo album. By Daniel Spicer

            Equiknoxx: The polymorphous Jamaican production unit walk the line between dancehall, pop and noise. By Chal Ravens

            75 Dollar Bill: The durational jams of New York duo Che Chen and Rick Brown open up dialogues between continents. By Dave Mandl

            Mike Falana: The talented Nigerian trumpeter was a star of UK jazz until he vanished from the London scene. By Val Wilmer

            Ernstalbrecht Stiebler: The German minimalist seizes the means of reduction. By Julian Cowley

            UVB-76: Haunted science from the Bristolian drum ’n’ bass unit. By Louis Pattison

            Mort Garson: US Moog magus undergoes a plant based revival. By Dave Segal

            Caterina Barbieri: Trance as mission with the Milan based composer. By Lewis Gordon

            Invisible Jukebox: Alexander von Schlippenbach: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection strike a chord for the German pianist and improvisor? Tested by Harald Kisiedu

            The Inner Sleeve: Arturas Bumšteinas on Ganelin Trio’s Con Anima

            Epiphanies: An unknown track on the radio schools Jennifer Walshe in the mysteries of funk.

            Shindig!

            Issue 92

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

              Mojo

              Issue 308 - July 2019

                CONTENTS MOJO 308
                COVER STORY: QUEEN Exclusive! Brian May and Roger Taylor, still processing the success of their Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, re-examine the group’s musical watersheds. Plus Queen’s Greatest Misses, MOJO’s Rock Biopic Hall Of Fame, Foo Fighters pay tribute, and more!

                CD: KING CRIMSON: A MOJO ANTHOLOGY Exclusive 15-track collection co-curated with Robert Fripp. Includes a rare radio edit of 21st Century Schizoid Man, plus extraordinary live and alternate versions of songs from many phases of the band.

                KING CRIMSON As Robert Fripp’s art/prog institution hits 50, the guitarist invites MOJO to explore his art and soul. “I was nearly a vicar!” he tells Ben Thompson.

                CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL CCR forget their spats to relive 1969, the zenith of their chooglin’ country-folk-R&B ascendancy, but also 12 manic months that sowed the seeds of doom…

                OMD From electro-hippies to imperial hit-makers, the Wirral synth duo’s adventures in modernism. Cash, cocaine, compressors, capacitors – the works!

                BILL CALLAHAN Mr Smog, the enigmatic Laughing Leonard of American indie rock, takes MOJO on a tramp in the Texan scrub, where much is revealed about life, love… and Lou Reed.

                MAVIS STAPLES The rich tones of the empress of gospel-soul have soundtracked America’s social revolution, and its reversal. And at 80, she’s pulling no punches.

                THE FLAMING LIPS Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma nu-psych freaks’ epochal LP, *The Soft Bulletin, with its survivors: “It was like walking a maze in the dark.”

                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.

                  Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

                  Beastie Boys Book

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

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

                    Lizzy Goodman

                    Meet Me In The Bathroom

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

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

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

                      Kim Gordon

                      Girl In A Band

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

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

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

                        Shaun Ryder

                        Wrote For Luck

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

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

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

                          Robert Pollard

                          Eat 15 - (Dislodge) - The Imortal Orangemen

                            8.5in x 10.5in 240 page book + 6 Song 7inch EP.

                            Since 1986 Robert Pollard has been the most prolific songwriter and musician on the planet. This is not news. Since 2003 he has also been producing an incredible amount of visual art which comes as a surprise to many. His unique collage pieces have been featured in multiple galleries around the country including having his own art shows in New York City. Eat, his series of 14 art books, have been fan favorites.

                            Now, for the first time, Robert Pollard is including music with Eat and for the first time, Rockathon is offering Eat for sale in stores.

                            This full color book contains a pocket which holds the 6 song, 7inch one-sided EP and is poly-bagged. These songs are exclusive to Eat and were recorded for the project.

                            Cultural Bulletin

                            Issue A - Winter 2018/19

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

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

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

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

                              Ian Curtis

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

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

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

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

                                Erased Tapes

                                Solo Piano - Sheet Music Book

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

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

                                  Rob Chapman

                                  Psychedelia And Other Colours (Hardback Edition)

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

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

                                    Includes a foreward by Andrew Weatherall.


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                    Everett True

                                    The Electrical Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                      Various Artists

                                      We Were Strangers - Stories Inspired By Unknown Pleasures

                                        Joy Division are one of the most influential and best-loved bands Britain has produced. Formed in 1976 in Salford, the band developed a unique sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the late-1970s post-punk movement. Their combination of weighty themes and raw, brooding music has impacted on the imagination of countless listeners since 15th June 1979 when Unknown Pleasures was released. It was the only Joy Division album released during lead singer Ian Curtis's lifetime. Curtis suffered from depression and epilepsy and committed suicide in May 1980, aged just 23. The remaining band members re-formed under the name New Order, achieving global success and acclaim.

                                        We Were Strangers is a new anthology of ten original short stories inspired by Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures. The collection includes new fiction from the award-winning authors Toby Litt (shortlisted for the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award), Jenn Ashworth (winner of the 2010 Betty Trask Award), Nicholas Royle (shortlisted for the inaugural Edge Hill Short Story Prize, 2006), Sophie Mackintosh (winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, the 2016 Stylist/Virago Short Story competition and longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize) and Eley Williams (winner of the 2018 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction).

                                        The songs which make up Unknown Pleasures are dark and powerful – morose and menacing in both their composition and lyrical content. We Were Strangers, with its eclectic mix of narrative styles, forms and voices, delivers a thoughtful, absorbing and intense response almost 40 years on. The stories range from the bleak and sinister to the moving and thrilling, much like the songs on the album.

                                        Richard Hirst, Editor says:
                                        “Ian Curtis’s legacy lies principally in his distinctive lyrics, suggestive as they are of some kind of story, a chronicle of isolation, anguish, biblical conflict and ecstasy, but one whose plot, characters and structure are all lost in the dark and the fog. The listener feels a temptation to shade in between the lines of Curtis’s oblique words and the group’s cavernous melodies, a flame lit in their imagination. What better medium than the short story – a form currently enjoying an uncanny renaissance – to discover what that blaze will illuminate?...The following stories constitute a contemporary literary snapshot of the impact (the) energy (of Unknown Pleasures) has had: what we heard, what it has done for our imaginations, and where it has led us.”


                                        Richard Easter

                                        Cover Stories

                                          Would you like to find out…

                                          Where The Beatles' Dear Prudence went out to play?

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

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

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

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

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

                                          Nick Soulsby

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

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

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

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

                                            Ian Tilton & Claire Caldwell

                                            Set In Stone - Ian Tilton's Stone Roses Photographs

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

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

                                              Kris Needs

                                              Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story

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

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

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

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

                                                Barry Miles & Chris Charlesworth

                                                David Bowie Black Book

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

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

                                                  Robert Forster

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

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

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

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Hardback Book Info: Limited Signed Edition!

                                                    Wolfgang Flür

                                                    Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

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

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

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

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

                                                      Rudi Esch

                                                      Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music

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

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

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

                                                        Johnny Rogan

                                                        The Byrds - Requiem For The Timeless: Volume 2

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

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

                                                          Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

                                                          All Gates Open - The Story Of Can

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

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

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

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

                                                            Tim Burgess

                                                            Telling Stories

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

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

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

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

                                                              'A vivid read' Independent on Sunday

                                                              Gold Flake Paint

                                                              Issue Two

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

                                                                Over 100 pages, beautifully curated and designed.

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

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

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                Shindig!

                                                                Issue 88

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

                                                                  Piccadilly Records

                                                                  End Of Year Review 2018

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

                                                                    Now over two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now comes packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 10 reissues/collections, Genre charts, staff charts, Celeb charts, and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush perfect bound artwork by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). 
                                                                    The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

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

                                                                    Graham Jones

                                                                    The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

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

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

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

                                                                      Brix Smith Start

                                                                      The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                        Chris Hewitt

                                                                        Martin Hannett, His Equipment And Strawberry Studios

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

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

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

                                                                          Gwen & Michael Riley Jones

                                                                          The Piccadilly Records Book

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                            Graham Jones

                                                                            Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Records Shops

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

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

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

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

                                                                              Graham Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                Jeff Tweedy

                                                                                Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)

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

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

                                                                                  Ugly Things

                                                                                  Issue #50 - Spring 2019

                                                                                    We have some exceptional cover stories for this one, including the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye (Nuggets, Patti Smith Group), beat group maniacs the Renegades, and girl garage group the Debutantes. Other interviews include glam rock hero Alan Merrill (Vodka Collins, Arrows) and Mike Tingley, who tells the story behind his sought-after 1968 baroque pop album The Abstract Prince. Plus Bob Mosley of Moby Grape, Dutch beat punks the Selfkick and Dat En Wat, Howlin’ Wolf, the Doors’ Waiting For the Sun, the Pretty Things’ Last Stand, and Cyril Jordan explaining folk-rock in his imitable style. Not to forget our popular review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books.



                                                                                    The Wire

                                                                                    Issue 426 - August 2019

                                                                                      The Wire Tapper 50: Special Edition

                                                                                      Attached to the cover of every copy of the August issue will be a special double CD marking 50 volumes of The Wire's ongoing series of underground music compilations. The CD will feature 40 new and archival tracks by Guapo, Arthur Russell, Rhys Chatham, Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, Tirudel Zenebe, Carl Stone, Félicia Atkinson, Michael Donnelly, Headboggle, Minyo Crusaders, SSSS and more.

                                                                                      On the cover...
                                                                                      Oren Ambarchi

                                                                                      The globetrotting Australian guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and label runner is part of the glue that holds the international underground together via his Black Truffle label and collaborations with Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Ash Ra Tempel, Vibracathedral Orchestra and countless others. He talks to Bruce Russell of The Dead C about liberating the guitar, the nomadic life of the modern musician, and his brand new Brazilian influenced collaboration with percussionist Cyro Baptista, Simian Angel.

                                                                                      Meanwhile, inside the issue...

                                                                                      Keith & Julie Tippetts

                                                                                      Mike Barnes meets the godparents of British spiritual jazz and improvisation to discuss half a century of playing, from Spontaneous Music Ensemble to King Crimson, and their recent return to life on the road

                                                                                      Rangers

                                                                                      Joseph Stannard explores the blasted rock soundscapes of Texas's Joe Knight

                                                                                      Peter Laughner

                                                                                      Tony Rettman unpacks the rust belt rock legacy of the late Pere Ubu co-founder with the release of a new box set

                                                                                      Invisible Jukebox

                                                                                      Pierre Bastien - rhythmic explorer and instrument inventor

                                                                                      Epiphanies

                                                                                      David Toop on Dr John.


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