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363. THE NEW WORLDWi-DE ISSUE

    The Summer 2021 issue of i-D is about how hopeful we are about the future. It's about freshness and newness. These are the new pioneers of music, sport, art, beauty, fashion and photography. This is our new world, worldwi-De!

    Featuring Gigi Hadid, Precious Lee, Phil Foden, Celina Ralph, Binx Walton, Digga D and City Girls

    Paul Morley

    From Manchester With Love: The Life And Opinions Of Tony Wilson - Signed Edition

      'When forced to pick between truth and legend, print the legend.' Tony Wilson

      To write about Tony Wilson, AKA Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form.

      At the helm of Factory Records and the Hacienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester's legacy of innovation and change.

      To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this book.

      From Manchester With Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre-stage.

      Tim Burgess

      One Two Another

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

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

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

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

        Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

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

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

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

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

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

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

          STAFF COMMENTS

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

          The Wire

          Issue 450 - August 2021 (+ THE WIRE TAPPER 56 CD)

            Inside this issue:

            The Wire Tapper 56: A track by track guide to this issue’s free CD

            Aaron Dilloway: The US noise artist and Wolf Eyes co-founder talks to Emily Pothast about a career of horror and transformation. Plus, Robin The Fog takes a look at tape alchemy in the computer age.

            Katalin Ladik: Born in the former Yugoslavia, the uncategorisable experimentalist’s multi-decade career has taken in confrontational performance pieces, electroacoustic collage, vocal exploration, and more. By Louise Gray.

            Jana Rush: The Chicago house and footwork veteran engages with the history of jazz on her soulful new album for Planet Mu. By Joe Muggs.

            Invisible Jukebox: Wei Wei × Li Jianhong: The laptop and guitar duo improvise their way through a mystery record selection. Tested by each other.

            Mabe Fratti: Reconfiguring language with the Guatemalan cellist. By Joe Muggs

            Hualun: Sublime soundtracks from the Wuhan post-rock group. By Jake Newby

            Andrew Mbaruk: Various identities and useful allusions from the Canadian MC. By Rob Turner

            Sunik Kim: The Hong Kong raised artist combats chaos with noise. By Raymond Cummings

            Unlimited Editions: purge.xxx

            Unofficial Channels: Blast Radio

            Global Ear: Crossing boundaries in the southwestern Russian city of Kazan. By Nikita Velichko

            The Inner Sleeve: SH Fernando Jr on Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers

            Epiphanies: Andrew Green and Eddie Otchere recall a trip to the urban jungle of New York

            Print Run: New music books: Marc Ribot unstrung, discovering Daft Punk, Sun Ra’s poetry, and more

            On Screen: New films and DVDs: Jon Davies’s Topology Of Sirens, Philip Hartmann’s From The 84 Days

            On Location: Recent live events and streams: M Sage, Streams From Africa, Alex Paxton, Matana Roberts, and more

            On Site: Recent art shows: Ryoji Ikeda

            Soundcheck: Ilyas Ahmed & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Acavernus & Yantra, Ambulance Vs Ambulance, April, Backxwash, Natalie Beridze, Judith Berkson, Black Midi, Blak Saagan, Michael J Blood, Dean Blunt, Jaimie Branch, Mark Broom, c/a, Lisa Cameron & Sandy Ewen, Coconut Dealers, Kevin Corcoran & Jacob Felix Heule, Melaine Dalibert, Dal:um, Damiana, Dead Neanderthals, Sally Decker, Bruno Duplant & Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Eight Point Star, Felinto, Michael Foster & Ben Bennett, Delores Galore, Giant Swan, Golden Hallway Music, The Grid & Robert Fripp, Ryan Van Haesendonck, Duncan Harrison, Jim Haynes, Joe Howe, Iceburn, Inkipak, Jack O’ The Clock, Jane & Barton, Matthijs Kouw & Gagi Petrovic, Leather Rats, Less Low More Mid, Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band, Liila, LNS & DJ Sotofett, Frantz Loriot, L’Rain, DJ Manny, Mofaya! featuring Jaimie Branch & Luke Stewart, Mike, Phil Minton, Liudas Mockūnas & Arvydas Kazlauskas, Thom Nguyen, Orphax, Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp, Josh Peterson, Pixelord, Plasmodium, Monsieur Pompier’s Travelling Freakshow, PremRock, Rakta, Rakta & Deafkids, Real Loud, Répéter, Reducer, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Ripatti, Vanessa Rossetto, Claire Rousay, Claire Rousay & Patrick Shirioshi, Scorn, Matthew Shipp & Whit Dickey, Siderean, Ches Smith & We All Break, Robin Stewart, DJ Stingray 313, Masahiro Takahashi, Vindicatrix, Lucie Vitková & James Ilgenfritz, Vonnegut Collective, Thov G Wetterhus, Matthew E White, White People Killed Them, WTCHCRFT, Yeongrak, Various I Mean Alarmed: The Toulon-Pedro Connect, Various Modern Love Doug Kaplan (Damiana), Various Resist To Exist

            Boomerang: Alice Coltrane, The Fourth World Quartet, Frost*, Allen Ginsberg, Wayne Horvitz, Jackie Leven, Alvin Lucier, Juana Molina, Mudhoney, Leslie Winer, Bobby Womack, Various The Electric Muse Revisited: The Story Of Folk Into Rock And Beyond, Various Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965–1972)

            Jeff Chang

            Can't Stop Won't Stop : A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation

              Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines.

              It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle. But where did hip-hop culture begin? Who created it? How did hip-hop become such a phenomenon?Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on hip-hop to date.

              He introduces the major players who came up with the ideas that form the basic elements of the culture. He describes how it all began with social upheavals in Jamaica, the Bronx, the Black Belt of Long Island and South Central LA. He not only provides a history of the music, but a fascinating insight into the social background of young black America.

              Stretching from the early 70s through to the present day, this is the definitive history of hip-hop. It will be essential reading for all DJs, B-Boys, MCs and anyone with an interest in American history.

              Johnny Cash

              The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

                Johnny Cash seemed like the stuff of legend when he was alive, and even more so as he achieved something close to sainthood in death. The interviews collected here bring us closer to the actual man: brilliant, falliable, introspective, and longing for redemption.

                Mythmaker, philosopher, sinner, and saint, Johnny Cash is perhaps the quintessential American icon. Though often rebellious and unruly, he rarely spoke without intention, sincerity, and a bit of poetry. Featuring an introduction by rock critic Peter Guralnick, the interviews here spotlight that inimitable rhetorical style, and the fascinating diversity of subjects that made him as relatable as he was mysterious. From a hopped up early interview with Pete Seeger, to a meditation on sobriety, to the last interview in which he stares calmly into the face of death, this collection brings together decades of insight as deeply profound as the unforgettable baritone of The Man in Black himself.

                Oasis

                Supersonic : The Complete, Authorised And Unabridged Interviews

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

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

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

                  Chris Frantz

                  Remain In Love

                    Forty years on from the release of their era-defining album Remain in Light, Chris Frantz's memoir tells the story of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.

                    Chris Frantz met David Byrne at the Rhode Island School of Art & Design in the early 1970s. Together - and soon with Frantz's future wife, Tina Weymouth - they formed Talking Heads and took up residence in the grimy environs of Manhattan's Lower East Side, where their neighbours were Patti Smith, William Burroughs and a host of proto-punk artists who now have legendary status. Building an early audience and reputation with many performances at CBGB alongside the Ramones, Television and Blondie, Talking Heads found themselves feted by Warhol (who famously referred to them as 'Talking Horses') and Lou Reed, and signed to Sire Records.

                    A band whose sensibility was both a part of, and apart from, punk, their early albums quickly became classics; until the Brian Eno produced masterpiece Remain in Light, saw them explode. Soon, however, relations within the band started to become strained as a band that had always operated democratically lost its team ethic. Chris and Tina started recording as Tom Tom Club in the early '80s; in the process creating a hybrid of funk, disco, pop, electro and world music that would have a huge impact on the club scene around the world.

                    Warm and candid, funny and heartfelt, Remain in Love charts the rise and fall of a band - in a decade they came to define - who combined the sensibility of artists with visionary songwriting talents. It is also the story of the once-in-a-lifetime love story and creative partnership between Chris and Tina Weymouth, one of the greatest rhythm sections to electrify the pop stage.

                    'As the Brits say: I'm gobsmacked. I devoured this book... one of the most potent examples of living the dream' Debbie Harry

                    'A great drummer who has written a great book' Bill Murray

                    'A revealing inside account of the highs and lows of a band who looked and sounded like nobody else' Olivia Laing, Guardian

                    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.

                      The Face

                      Summer 2021

                        Football! Fads! Fashion! Also starring Martine Rose, Martine Rose’s dad, Mason Mount, the Lost Lionesses, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs, ENNY, Sherelle, Blackhaine, a baby in a wig, a dog.

                        Justin Robertson

                        The Tangle - Signed Edition

                          LIMITED EDITION SIGNED EDITION.

                          A supernatural novel of collapse and metamorphosis from the occulted dimensions of the natural world

                          Justin Robertson's debut novel is a trans-dimensional trip into the mysterious knot of nature; a journey into the 'brilliant darkness' where the timeless divine spirit of the 'Tangle' weaves its spell and all mankind's hubris is rendered insignificant by the radically non-human force of phantom ecology. Salvation, revelation and a terrible reckoning dwell in the ancient roots ...

                          A time travelling account of what occurs when unknowable frontiers are breached and humanity finds itself, once again, lost in the woods, THE TANGLE invites us into a grotesque world of eco-horror, echoing with the spirit of writers such as Saki, Ballard, M R James, Ursula Le Guin, Brian Catling and Thomas Ligotti.

                          Author Biography
                          Justin Robertson is a renowned DJ, music producer, painter and broadcaster. For the past 30 years he has been a leading figure in the dance music world, falling in love with it whilst completing a degree in philosophy at The University of Manchester. He headlines clubs and festivals around the globe as a DJ and formerly with his band Lionrock. As well as his own musical productions, he is much in demand as remixer having worked with the likes of Bjork, New Order, Noel Gallagher & Erasure over the years. In the past decade, he has exhibited six acclaimed collections of his art around the UK and Europe, including producing a soundtrack and book to accompany them. He hosts two popular shows "The Temple of Wonders" and "The Rotating Institute" bi monthly on Soho Radio. He has written for Ransom Note, The Social and the Guardian on music, travel and philosophical matters, interviewing the likes of Rob Newman and Gary Lachman. THE TANGLE is his debut novel.

                          Blanc Magazine

                          Issue 14 : Metamorphosis

                            "We are constantly evolving. This evolution happens at both a cellular level and through cosmic changes over millions of years. Those who hate change and find comfort with the status quo are only comfortable with the world that they can see within their horizon. But to those who welcome the cold embrace of the unknown new world as it changes beneath our feet, we nestle within our cocoon, awaiting our great transformation."

                            Blanc is an independently published magazine that strives to provide a diverse and often underrepresented perspective of Fashion, Art, and Music.

                            Record Culture Magazine

                            Issue 8

                              Featuring Louise Chen, John Gómez, Apiento, Regularfantasy, Lauer, Beatrice Dillon, Public Possession, River Yarra, Sadar Bahar, and Anthony Naples.

                              Record Culture Magazine

                              Issue 9

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

                                The Face

                                Spring 2021

                                  Cosmic scallies, Palace skateboards, hyperpop musicians and 130 pages of pure, unadulterated fashion.

                                  The best music, style and photography in the world, starring FKA twigs, NQ, Dua Saleh, Lawrence Okolie, Teezo Touchdown, Kai-Isaiah Jamal and Rowetta.

                                  I-D Magazine

                                  362. THE UTOPIA IN DYSTOPIA ISSUE

                                    For the Spring 2021 issue we created stories around people, places and things that inspire us. Our own personal paradise, whether that be physical, spiritual or emotional. Featuring Travis Scott, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss.

                                    Stephanie Phillips

                                    Why Solange Matters

                                      The dramatic story of Solange: a musician and artist whose unconventional journey to international success was far more important than her family name.

                                      Growing up in the shadow of her superstar sister, Beyonce, and defying an industry that attempted to bend her to its rigid image of a Black woman, Solange Knowles has become a pivotal musician and artist in her own right. In Why Solange Matters, Stephanie Phillips chronicles the creative journey of Solange, a beloved voice of the Black Lives Matter generation.

                                      A Black feminist punk musician herself, Phillips addresses not only the unpredictable trajectory of Solange's career but also how she and other Black women see themselves through the musician's repertoire. First, she traces Solange's progress through an inflexible industry, charting the artist's development up to 2016, when the release of her third album, A Seat at the Table, redefined her career. With this record and, then, When I Get Home (2019), Phillips describes how Solange has embraced activism, anger, Black womanhood and intergenerational trauma to inform her remarkable art.

                                      'Why Solange Matters is a significant and sober treatist on popular music . . . This book is more than necessary.' - THURSTON MOORE

                                      David Keenan

                                      Monument Maker - SIGNED SPECIAL EDITION

                                        SPECIAL EDITION: pre-order this signed special edition of MONUMENT MAKER and you'll receive an exclusive chapbook containing FULL LENGTH MIRROR, a facsimile edition of the book within the book.

                                        "Is it possible for books to dream? For books to dream within books? Is there a literary subterranea that would facilitate ingress and exit points through these dreams?

                                        These are some of the questions posed by David Keenan's masterly fifth novel, Monument Maker, an epic romance of eternal summer and a descent, into history, into the horrors of the past; a novel with a sweep and range that runs from the siege of Khartoum and the conquest of Africa in the 19th century through the Second World War and up to the present day, where the memory of a single summer, and a love affair that took place across the cathedrals of Ile de France, unravels, as a secret initiatory cult is uncovered that has its roots in macabre experiments in cryptozoology in pre-war Europe.

                                        MONUMENT MAKER straddles genres while fully embracing none of them, a book within a book within a book that runs from hallucinatory historical epics through future-visioned histories of the world narrated by a horribly disfigured British soldier made prophetic by depths of suffering; books that interact with Keenan's earlier novels, including a return to the mythical post-punk Airdrie landscape of his now classic debut, THE IS MEMORIAL DEVIC E; whole histories of art and religion; books that are glorious choral appendices; bibliographies; imagined films; tape recorded interviews; building to a jubilant accumulation of registers, voices and rhythms that is truly C horal.

                                        Written over the course of 10 years, MONUMENT MAKER represents the apex of Keenan's project to create books that contain uncanny life and feel like living organisms. It is a meditation on art and religion, and on what it means to make monument; this great longing for something eternal, something that could fix moments in time, forever.

                                        The Wire

                                        Issue 446 - April 2021 (Inc. Wire Tapper CD)

                                          The Wire Tapper 55.

                                          Every copy of the April issue will come with a CD of the 55th volume in our ongoing series of underground music anthologies, featuring 16 new or archival tracks by Muslimgauze, João Lobo, Mariel Roberts, Maxx Mann, Carlos Niño & Friends, Nun Gun featuring Sohail Daulatzai, Gentle Fire, Craig Scott's Lobotomy, and more.

                                          Don Cherry in Watts
                                          As Don and Moki Cherry's work is the subject of a new book, Gabriel Bristow revisits the global music traveller's roots in the post-bop milieu of Watts, Los Angeles in the 1950s.

                                          Invisible Jukebox: Mike Paradinas x Lara Rix-Martin
                                          U-Ziq meets Meemo Comma and Planet Mu meets Objects Limited as the two UK electronica trailblazers sit down together with The Wire's mystery record collection.

                                          Warren Ellis
                                          As he releases a new collaboration with Marianne Faithfull, the Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist, and member of The Bad Seeds and Dirty Three, talks to Emily Pothast about channelling the Romantic poets, his experimental literary collaborations, and how he improvises the soundtrack to his own life.

                                          Nazar
                                          Ray Philip talks to the prolific dance music producer about using Angola’s frantic kuduro style as a lens to examine post-colonial conflict as well as the possibility of long distance collaborations and solidarity between music producers in Europe and Africa.

                                          Global Ear
                                          As another season of live music is thrown into chaos by Covid and regional regulations and lockdowns, Lee Etherington of Newcastle’s TUSK festival discusses how they are moving music into the virtual realm.

                                          Unlimited Editions
                                          Phil England gets to grips with the multifaceted operations of French label and promoter Murailles Music.

                                          The Inner Sleeve
                                          In another piece held over from last month’s issue, bassist William Parker discusses the cover of The Ornette Coleman Trio’s At The Golden Circle Stockholm.

                                          Epiphanies
                                          Val Wilmer discovers the true roots of free jazz in a Harlem gospel church.

                                          Unofficial Channels
                                          Sharon Gal’s scores and instructions project ÉtudeS

                                          Plus: interviews with Ann Rosen, Kohsuke Mine, Rizomagic and Nakul Krishnamurthy; and in the jam-packed reviews sections coverage of Patricia Brennan, Laraaji, Bob Ostertag, Steve Beresford, Jim O’Rourke, Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points, The Notwist, The Body, Mainliner, Lea Bertucci and a whole lot more.

                                          Third Man Books Present

                                          Maggot Brain (Issue #5)

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

                                            • Unseen, amazing photos of AC/DC from their first US tour in 1977.
                                            • Celebrated indie auteur filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s playful newspaper collages -- great interview plus lots of never before seen images!
                                            • Brilliant Americana guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler on their debut collaboration.
                                            • Composer Terry Riley and percussionist Hamid Drake on the importance of husband and wife spiritual jazzers Moki and Don Cherry.
                                            • 14 pages of rare comics by Pee Wee's Playhouse designer Gary Panter -- Jimbo goes to jail!
                                            • Mike Turner talks.

                                            Pete Shelley

                                            Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes

                                              When Pete Shelley, lead singer of legendary punk band Buzzcocks, passed away in 2018 we lost one of music's brightest stars - as well as the chance to hear his story in his own words. Or so it seemed. Now, recordings have surfaced of a series of remarkable interviews in which Pete tells the story of his life, his band and his place at the beating heart of the punk explosion in fascinating detail.

                                              Recorded over a series of late-night calls with a close friend, the tapes hear Pete talk song-by-song through Buzzcocks releases to reveal the personal memories behind the music and the inspiration for masterpieces such as 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' and 'What Do I Get?'. Published for the first time and with the blessing of Pete's estate, Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes is a tribute to a founding member of punk and a chance to hear one of music's true visionaries tell his own story at last.

                                              Pete Paphides

                                              Broken Greek

                                                Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?

                                                When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no money and only a little bit of English. They opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green. The Great Western Fish Bar is where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and Britishness. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age 4 to 7, and found refuge instead in the bittersweet embrace of pop songs, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc. From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided the safety net he needed to protect him from the tensions of his home life.

                                                It also helped him navigate his way around the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rod Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British. And the engine of that realisation? 'Sugar Baby Love', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 'Tragedy', 'Silly Games', 'Going Underground', 'Come On Eileen', and every other irresistibly thrilling chart hit blaring out of the chip shop radio.

                                                Never have the trials and tribulations of growing up and the human need for a sense of belonging been so heart-breakingly and humorously depicted.

                                                Annie Nightingale

                                                Hey Hi Hello : Five Decades Of Pop Culture From Britain's First Female DJ

                                                  Hey Hi Hello is a greeting we have all become familiar with, as Annie Nightingale cues up another show on Radio One. Always in tune with the nation's taste, yet effortlessly one step ahead for more than five decades, in this book Annie digs deep into her crate of memories, experiences and encounters to deliver an account of a life lived on the frontiers of pop cultural innovation. As a dj and broadcaster on radio, tv and the live music scene, Annie has been an invigorating and necessarily disruptive force, working within the establishment but never playing by the rules.

                                                  She walked in the door at Radio One as a rebel, its first female broadcaster, in 1970. Fifty years later she became the station's first CBE in the New Year's Honours List; still a vital force in British music, a dj and tastemaker who commands the respect of artists, listeners and peers across the world. Hey Hi Hello tells the story of those early, intimidating days at Radio One, the Ground Zero moment of punk and the epiphanies that arrived in the late 80s with the arrival of acid house and the Second Summer of Love.

                                                  It includes faithfully reproduced and never before seen encounters with Bob Marley, Marc Bolan, The Beatles and bang-up-to-date interviews with Little Simz and Billie Eilish. Funny, warm and candid to a fault, Annie Nightingale's memoir is driven by the righteous energy of discovery and passion for music. It is a portrait of an artist without whom the past fifty years of British culture would have looked very different indeed.

                                                  Mark Mordue

                                                  Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

                                                    An intensely beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become. A powerful account of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark rivers and ghost gums of country-town Australia to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and manic energy of the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb.

                                                    Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

                                                    John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                                    John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

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

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

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

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

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


                                                      Ian Curtis

                                                      So This Is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics And Notebooks

                                                        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.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: Beautiful words which are all the more haunting written in Curtis' own hand

                                                        Soul Jazz Books Presents

                                                        Cuba: Music And Revolution - Original Album Cover Art Of Cuban Music

                                                          ‘Cuba: Music And Revolution - Original Album Cover Art Of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90’ is a stunning new deluxe 250-page large format hardback book compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that features many 100s of stunning and unique Cuban record sleeve designs made since the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959. These albums have rarely been seen (nor heard) outside of Cuba and show a rich previously hidden history of both music and design.

                                                          ‘Cuba: Music And Revolution’ is the first ever book about Cuban record sleeve design and has been five years in the making, made in full co-operation with the Cuban government. The record sleeve designs reflect both the rich cultural Latin musical legacy of Cuba, as well as the political and aesthetic influence of revolutionary Communism, which manifests itself both in the music created on the island and the artwork of the designs included here.

                                                          Cuban music is the source of much Latin music in the 20th Century. Salsa, the all-encompassing Latin music that came out of New York in the 1970s and soon spread across Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, owes all of its success to the Cuban music on which it is fundamentally based. These record sleeves help document the dramatic change in Cuba’s identity from that of 1950s tourist paradise to socialist state. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the United States imposed a trade embargo which exists to this day and, as a consequence, the many 100s of Cuban records featured here have rarely been seen outside of Cuba.

                                                          The book is edited and compiled by Gilles Peterson, BBC broadcaster, record label owner, DJ, record collector and founder of Worldwide FM and Stuart Baker, founder of Soul Jazz Records. Together they have edited two earlier critically-acclaimed music and design books ‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83’ and ‘Bossa Nova and The Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s’. 

                                                          Viv Albertine

                                                          To Throw Away Unopened

                                                            What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.

                                                            Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.

                                                            To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.

                                                            Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

                                                            Mark Burgess Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                                            Mark Burgess: Confessions, Lyrics & Nostalgia

                                                              "I've always had a inquisitive side which has drawn certain characters into my life, some stay, some go, some tell you the real truth, those ones are keepers. In these series of confessions, lines and lyrics desires come through in a form of dreams, events and more. The individual is able to express themselves in a way they haven't been able to, and more importantly for me to add my interpretation to each piece. I hope you you love reading these as much as I have creating them." - Mark Burgess

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


                                                              Tony Skinkis & Iman Kakai-Lazell

                                                              The Chameleons : Tomorrow, Remember Yesterday 1980-2020

                                                                A photography book of over 120 hand sewn pages, capturing The Chameleons & Chameleons Vox band members through the years, from 1980 - 2020.

                                                                This beautiful collectable book, has been long overdue for any Chameleons fan, giving an insight of friendship, moments and road life all captured through the closest person to them. 

                                                                "My fascination for photography began in 1966 when I got my first camera a Kodak instamatic, I've been taking photos ever since, for me photography has always been about capturing the moment - a documentary really - to preserve that moment in the blink of a shutter. Photographing The Chameleons & ChameleonsVox has been a big part of that timeline this book is about that period, and I'm eternally grateful to Iman for publishing this book...She glances at the photo and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes..." Tony Skinkis

                                                                John Cooper Clarke

                                                                I Wanna Be Yours

                                                                  This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation. John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator.

                                                                  At 5 feet 11 inches (32in chest, 27in waist), in trademark dark suit, dark glasses, with dark messed-up hair and a mouth full of gold teeth, he is instantly recognizable. As a writer his voice is equally unmistakable and his own brand of slightly sick humour is never far from the surface. I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry, from Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson, Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso, Gil Scott Heron, Mark E. Smith and Joe Strummer, and on to more recent fans and collaborators Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey.

                                                                  Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and showbusiness - and much, much more, plus a few laughs along the way.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  says: Yes! THE poet of punk finally gives us a peek into his brilliant and back-combed head - and it's every bit as entertaining as you'd expect

                                                                  Tracey Thorn

                                                                  My Rock 'n' Roll Friend

                                                                    In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison first met. Tracey's music career was just beginning, while Lindy, drummer for The Go-Betweens, was ten years her senior. They became confidantes, comrades and best friends, a relationship cemented by gossip and feminism, books and gigs and rock 'n' roll love affairs.

                                                                    Morrison - a headstrong heroine blazing her way through a male-dominated industry - came to be a kind of mentor to Thorn. They shared the joy and the struggle of being women in a band, trying to outwit and face down a chauvinist music media. In My Rock 'n' Roll Friend Thorn takes stock of thirty-seven years of friendship, teasing out the details of connection and affection between two women who seem to be either complete opposites or mirror images of each other.

                                                                    This important book asks what people see, who does the looking, and ultimately who writes women out of - and back into - history.

                                                                    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

                                                                      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.

                                                                        Tim Burgess

                                                                        Tim Book Two

                                                                          In 2012, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two - a tale of Tim's lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them.

                                                                          In some ways, the biggest events in Tim's life happened in the couple of years after he had finished writing his first book rather than in the forty years before. So he had more to say, but instead of another autobiography he chose a different way of telling the story. Tim set himself a quest. He would get in touch with people he admired, and ask them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick. It would also offer a chance to see how record shops were faring in the digital age - one in which vinyl was still a much-treasured format.

                                                                          Tim assembled his cast of characters, from Iggy Pop to Johnny Marr, David Lynch to Cosey Fanni Tutti. Texts, phone calls, emails and handwritten notes went out. Here is the tender, funny and surprising story of what came back.

                                                                          Tim Burgess is a singer-songwriter and record label owner, best known as the lead singer of one of the defining bands of the 1990s, The Charlatans.

                                                                          Tim was born in Salford but grew up in a village near Northwich, Cheshire. Leaving school at 16 to work at ICI, his real love was music and soon afterwards he was invited to join new band, The Charlatans. They went on to have 3 number 1 albums and 17 top 30 singles. For 12 years, Burgess lived in Los Angeles but now lives back in the UK. 

                                                                          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.

                                                                            Dylan Jones

                                                                            The Wichita Lineman : Searching In The Sun For The World's Greatest Unfinished Song

                                                                              The sound of 'Wichita Lineman' was the sound of ecstatic solitude, but then its hero was the quintessential loner. What a great metaphor he was: a man who needed a woman more than he actually wanted her. Written in 1968 by Jimmy Webb, 'Wichita Lineman' is the first philosophical country song: a heartbreaking torch ballad still celebrated for its mercurial songwriting genius fifty years later.

                                                                              It was recorded by Glen Campbell in LA with a legendary group of musicians known as 'the Wrecking Crew', and something about the song's enigmatic mood seemed to capture the tensions in America at a moment of crisis. Fusing a dribble of bass, searing strings, tremolo guitar and Campbell's plaintive vocals, Webb's paean to the American West describes a telephone lineman's longing for an absent lover, who he hears 'singing in the wire' - and like all good love songs, it's an SOS from the heart. Mixing close-listening, interviews and travelogue, Dylan Jones explores the legacy of a record that has entertained and haunted millions for over half a century.

                                                                              What is it about this song that continues to seduce listeners, and how did the parallel stories of Campbell and Webb - songwriters and recording artists from different ends of the spectrum - unfold in the decades following? Part biography, part work of musicological archaeology, The Wichita Lineman opens a window on to America in the late-twentieth century through the prism of a song that has been covered by myriad artists in the intervening decades.

                                                                              Simon Reynolds

                                                                              Rip It Up And Start Again

                                                                                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.

                                                                                In this, the first book to take a big-picture view of the entire post punk period, acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Reynolds recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music.

                                                                                Full of anecdote and insight, and featuring the likes of Joy Division, The Fall, Pere Ubu, PiL and Talking Heads, Rip It Up And Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written.

                                                                                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.

                                                                                  Bob Stanley

                                                                                  Excavate! : The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall

                                                                                    A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before published essays and ephemera from fans, collectors and the artist and band themselves.

                                                                                    This is not a book about a rock band. This is not even a book about Mark E Smith. This is a book about The Fall group - or more precisely, their world. Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original; it was an education. Who wouldn't want to be armed with a working knowledge of M.R. James, contemporary dance and Manchester City? Bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans, EXCAVATE! is a vivid, definitive record - an illumination of the dark corners of the Fall's wonderful and frightening world.

                                                                                    'To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations, choc-stock-full of loving Acts by true Apostles, simultaneously both the scrapbook you wished you'd kept and a portal to futures & pasts, known & unknown, & a Fantastic Celebration of this Nation's Saving Grace. - 'DAVID PEACE

                                                                                    'A container sized treasure trove bursting at the hinges with strangeness and wonder . . . I strongly advise you to buy it.' - MAXINE PEAKE

                                                                                    David Cavanagh

                                                                                    Good Night And Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years Of John Peel Helped To Shape Modern Life

                                                                                      Goodnight and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain is a social history, a diary of a nation's changing culture, and an in-depth appraisal of one of our greatest broadcasters, a man who can legitimately be called the most influential figure in post-war British popular music.

                                                                                      Without the support of John Peel, it's unlikely that innumerable artists - from David Bowie to Dizzee Rascal, Jethro Tull to Joy Division - would have received national radio exposure. But Peel's influence goes much deeper than this. Whether he was championing punk, reggae, jungle or grime, he had a unique relationship with his audience that was part taste-maker, part trusted friend.

                                                                                      The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel's broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts. Peel comes alive for the reader, as do the key developments that kept him at the cutting edge - the changes in his tastes; the changes in his thinking. Just like a Peel show, Goodnight and Good Riddance is warm, informative and insightful, and wears its enthusiasm proudly.

                                                                                      Rob Chapman

                                                                                      Syd Barrett : A Very Irregular Head

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

                                                                                        Syd Barrett was the lead guitarist, vocalist, and principle songwriter in the original line up of Pink Floyd. During his brief time with the band (1966-68) he was the driving force behind the unit. After he left the band he made just two further solo albums which were both released in 1970, before withdrawing from public view to lead a quiet, and occasionally troubled life in Cambridge, the town of his birth.

                                                                                        Rob Chapman's book is the first authoritative and exhaustively researched biography of Syd Barrett that fully celebrates his life and legacy as a musician, lyricist and artist, and which highlights the influence that he continues to have over contemporary bands and music fans alike.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                            Lenny Kaye

                                                                                            Lightning Striking

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

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

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

                                                                                              Lenny Kaye

                                                                                              Lightning Striking - Special Collectors Edition

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

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

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

                                                                                                Bobby Gillespie

                                                                                                Tenement Kid - Independent Record Store Special Edition

                                                                                                  Tenement Kid is Bobby Gillespie's story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with 'starting the 90's', Screamadelica.

                                                                                                  Born into a working class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby's memoirs begin in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock n roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning shining from Phil Lynott's mirrored pickguard at his first gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. Filled with 'the holy spirit of rock n roll' his destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock which to Bobby, represents an iconoclastic vision of class rebellion and would ultimately lead to him becoming an artist initially in the Jesus and Mary Chain then in Primal Scream.

                                                                                                  Structured in four parts, Tenement Kid builds like a breakbeat crescendo to the final quarter of the book, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in an East Sussex field. As the '80s bleed into the '90s and a new kind of electronic soul music starts to pulse through the nation's consciousness, Primal Scream become the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.

                                                                                                  Ending with the release of Screamadelica and the tour that followed in the autumn, Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock n roll apostle who would radically reshape the future sounds of fin de siècle British pop. Published thirty years after the release of their masterpiece, Bobby Gillespie's memoir cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.

                                                                                                  Kevin Cummins

                                                                                                  Joy Division : Juvenes

                                                                                                    A new, expanded edition of the legendary book published more than a decade ago, now with added interviews and unpublished photographs.

                                                                                                    The definitive collection of the Joy Division photographs of Kevin Cummins, including new interviews with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.

                                                                                                    Originally published in 2007 in an ultra-limited run of just 226 copies, Juvenes is a book with legendary status among Joy Division devotees. The book consists of Kevin's selection of pictures from his Joy Division archive accompanied by short personal essays and memories from the band's family, contemporaries and fans and from several writers including Ian Rankin, David Peace and Natalie Curtis. The foreword is by Ian Rankin. Now comprehensively updated with new material and images that have never been published in a book before, this new edition will allow the band's many die-hard fans to own it for the first time.

                                                                                                    Spike Jonze

                                                                                                    Beastie Boys

                                                                                                      When they met for the first time in Los Angeles in 1993, the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze were rising stars of their respective fields - the golden ages of both east coast hip hop and MTV. Immediately a connection formed between the three MCs and the young filmmaker, which has lasted throughout their careers. Twenty-five years later, this book collects for the first time more than two hundred of Spike Jonze's personal photographs of his time spent with the Beastie Boys.

                                                                                                      Edited and with an afterword by Jonze, and including a foreword by Horovitz, this book shows the greatest act of the hip hop generation in their truest colours as only a close friend could see them. From going on stage at Lollapalooza to writing together at Mike D's apartment; getting into character for a video to dressing up as old men to hit the basketball court; recording an album in the studio in Los Angeles to goofing around in barber shops. From the music video to Sabotage to the cover of the Sounds of Science album, Spike Jonze is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the band ever made - but here, the emphasis is on the candid, the unexpected, and the real.

                                                                                                      The Wire

                                                                                                      Issue 447 - May 2021

                                                                                                        Inside this issue:

                                                                                                        People Like Us: As Vicki Bennett prepares for an ambitious audiovisual UK tour, the arch-collagist talks Buddhism, subverting popular culture and the autoregenerative art of cut and paste. By Abi Bliss

                                                                                                        Joe Chambers: A significant contributor to sessions led by Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson and many others, the US drummer and composer discusses his distinguished career and new solo album. By Daniel Spicer

                                                                                                        Embassador Dulgoon: Part of a global network of sonic adventurers, Chilean musician Nicolás Carcavilla explores uncanny landscapes populated by mythic creatures via free-ranging neo-exotica. By Spenser Tomson

                                                                                                        Invisible Jukebox: Cathal Coughlan × Sean O’Hagan: The former Microdisney bandmates and current collaborators test each other with a mystery record selection

                                                                                                        Alpha Maid: Deconstructed rock and polyrhythmic grunge from the London based CANVAS associate. By Mariam Rezaei

                                                                                                        Sunareht: Back to the future for the Parisian producer. By Chal Ravens

                                                                                                        Charmaine Lee: New York based composer rebuilds the body electric. By Joshua Minsoo Kim

                                                                                                        Jonáš Gruska: The field recordist and sound designer takes the LOM route. By Louise Gray

                                                                                                        Andrew Weatherall

                                                                                                        A Jockey Slut Tribute (Reprint)

                                                                                                          Andrew Weatherall was the acid house generation’s most inspiring DJ and producer, renowned for his work on Primal Scream’s epoch-defining ‘Screamadelica’ and his own bands Sabres Of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen. As a DJ he was peerless and unpredictable, helming club nights that played techno, rockabilly or music that “never knowingly exceeded 122 bpm.”

                                                                                                          Weatherall featured in seminal dance music magazine Jockey Slut many times during its lifetime. All his interviews from the publication are included within this tribute to The Guv’nor. Further articles cover the tenure of his professional life from the mid-80s to 2020. They include his beginnings at the influential Boy’s Own fanzine, his DJ sets at landmark nights Shoom and Sabresonic, and the plethora of ventures he still had running including the Woodleigh Research Project, A Love From Outer Space and festival Convenanza.

                                                                                                          Jockey Slut magazine ran from 1993 - 2004. The influential club culture publication was started by John Burgess and Paul Benney as a self published Manchester based fanzine. It became a monthly when it moved to London in 1999. Jockey Slut was notable for being more music-centric, left-field and irreverent than other dance music magazines. It also bagged some real exclusives during its tenure giving first ever interviews to The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and The Avalanches.

                                                                                                          Included in the 160 page, perfect bound book edited by founding Jockey Slut editor John Burgess is:

                                                                                                          - All Andrew Weatherall's Jockey Slut interviews collated (1993-2004) including Weatherall Gets His Tats Out, I’m A Classic Underachiever, Two Lone Swordsmen and An Audience With... and more.
                                                                                                          - Further new features and classic articles from Luke Una, Richard Norris, Kris Needs, Joe Muggs, Jim Butler, Mandi James, Lee Brackstone and more.
                                                                                                          - Brand new 10,000+ word oral history of Andrew Weatherall’s early years from Shoom & Screamadelica to Sabres of Paradise featuring interviews with Bobby Gillespie, Ed Simons, Danny Rampling, Justin Robertson, Andrew Innes, David Holmes, Keith Tenniswood, Anna Haigh, Terry Farley and more.
                                                                                                          - Retrospective of Andrew Weatherall’s club nights Sabresonic, Bloodsugar, Double Gone Chapel, Wrong Meeting, A Love From Outer Space by John Burgess.
                                                                                                          All proceeds from the book will go to the charities that were important to Andrew Weatherall: Amnesty International, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Thrombosis UK, Crisis.

                                                                                                          Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                          Maggot Brain (Issue #4)

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

                                                                                                            CONTENTS
                                                                                                            ● LUC SANTE on 'Crawdaddy' magazine
                                                                                                            ● Debut publication of often hilarious and always droll memoirs by STUART MOXHAM (Young Marble Giants, Gist, solo, etc)
                                                                                                            ● Murat Cem Mengüç' dramatic tale of when SUN RA and the Arkestra visited Istanbul, Turkey in 1990
                                                                                                            ● The fantastic and true story of electro-pop pioneer, runway model, and Eve Babitz-ish character ANN STEEL, which has never fully been told before now. ● In conversation with comedy guru TOM SCHARPLING in advance of the publication of his moving and hilarious new autobio.
                                                                                                            ● Archival interview by Steve Lafreniere with 'Honeymoon Killers' star SHIRLEY STOLER.
                                                                                                            ● Overviews of new music from DAVID NANCE, PATRICIA BRENNAN, and PHAROAH SANDERS with FLOATING POINTS. We're so enamored with the Floating Points/Sanders collaboration that we had no less than Andy Beta go off on it at length, for what is our first "real" record review (as we're a quarterly, that's not something we'll do too often but the stars aligned.)

                                                                                                            Tim Lawrence

                                                                                                            Hold On To Your Dreams : Arthur Russell And The Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992

                                                                                                              Hold On to Your Dreams is the first biography of the musician and composer Arthur Russell, one of the most important but least known contributors to New York's downtown music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. With the exception of a few dance recordings, including "Is It All Over My Face?" and "Go Bang! #5", Russell's pioneering music was largely forgotten until 2004, when the posthumous release of two albums brought new attention to the artist. This revival of interest gained momentum with the issue of additional albums and the documentary film Wild Combination.

                                                                                                              Based on interviews with more than seventy of his collaborators, family members, and friends, Hold On to Your Dreams provides vital new information about this singular, eccentric musician and his role in the boundary-breaking downtown music scene. Tim Lawrence traces Russell's odyssey from his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, to countercultural San Francisco, and eventually to New York, where he lived from 1973 until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Resisting definition while dreaming of commercial success, Russell wrote and performed new wave and disco as well as quirky rock, twisted folk, voice-cello dub, and hip-hop-inflected pop.

                                                                                                              "He was way ahead of other people in understanding that the walls between concert music and popular music and avant-garde music were illusory," comments the composer Philip Glass. "He lived in a world in which those walls weren't there." Lawrence follows Russell across musical genres and through such vital downtown music spaces as the Kitchen, the Loft, the Gallery, the Paradise Garage, and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Along the way, he captures Russell's openness to sound, his commitment to collaboration, and his uncompromising idealism.

                                                                                                              Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                              Maggot Brain (Issue #3)

                                                                                                                We’re back to print and stoked to bring you a Super-Packed special issue of our arts and music quarterly 'Maggot Brain’! For our cover story, we dive into the genesis and continued import of our namesake, with a lengthy feature by Detroit music journo Ana Gavrilovska on the mind-melting fifty year-old Funkadelic masterpiece 'Maggot Brain.’ We also have rare photos of the White Stripes live at Paychecks Lounge in Hamtramck Michigan from 1999 by noted photographer Doug Coombe.There’s a mini-roundtable discussion on gay rights pioneer Morris Knight and San Francisco's brilliant hippie queer activist pranksters the Cockettes and the must see pages with Rachel Leah Gallo's eight-page bio-comic on the delightful and obscure kitchen-folk singer Connie Converse.

                                                                                                                • Dynamic photographs by Mike Galinsky from the late 1980s to early 1990s indie/underground music scene.
                                                                                                                • RJ Smith dives deep on Fortune Records in a review of the 'Mind Over Matter' book.
                                                                                                                • Murat Cem Mengüç documents the impromptu art show that sprung up around the White House at the start of the Black Lives Matter movement.
                                                                                                                • Andy Beta on Brazilian composer, anthropologist, and musician Priscilla Ermel's gorgeous work.
                                                                                                                • Instagram sensation Tara Booth in an intimate interview with Amy Gillfeather.
                                                                                                                • Joshua James Amberson goes deep on poet Lydia Tomkiw and her stunning new wave band Algebra Suicide.
                                                                                                                • Michael Gonzales on 1990s neo-soul singer Ephraim Lewis.
                                                                                                                • Robert Gordon on Memphis' primitivist aesthete Tav Falco -- an excerpt from the final chapter to 'It Came From Memphis.'

                                                                                                                Also Featuring:
                                                                                                                Luc Sante on an unknown 1960s garage rock band! Australia's brilliant Stroppies! Reviews of cassette tapes! Dreams about Sam Elliott! A killer poem written by a fifteen year-old! Fiction by Mairead Case! Art by Nathaniel Russell, Davin Brainard, the Philadelphia Wireman, and Marc Bell! Tweets by John Brannon! Unseen photos of Detroit punk pioneers L-Seven!

                                                                                                                Gruff Rhys

                                                                                                                Resist Phony Encores!

                                                                                                                  Resist Phony Encores! is a selective memoir in the form of graphics, images, and mass communications by musician Gruff Rhys. Rhys weaves anecdotes from his life in performance through designer and long-term collaborator Mark James’ xeroxed graphics and doctored photos, as well as cue cards, which—for the past 15 years—Rhys has used as a part of his live performances.

                                                                                                                  Applause! Louder! Thank You! Etc. These cue cards have gradually become more ambitious and absurd: Wild Abandon! Burger Franchise Opportunity! Generic Festival Reaction! The crowd generally goes wild on cue, prompting Rhys to seek explanations for the unimaginable highs and weirdness of life in music through the lens of crowd psychology. The book will appeal to students of linguistics, propaganda, and graphic design, and anyone interested in music and live performance.

                                                                                                                  “Suddenly there was little pressure for me to communicate with the audience, when all I was interested in was writing and singing songs. Which was just as well as I had very little in the way of social skills and couldn’t speak very clearly or look an audience in the eye, and I wasn’t interested in people having a good time.”

                                                                                                                  From minority-language punk rock through crowd psychology and a critique of the buffoonish leaders of our times, the book is a chance to accompany Rhys’s singular imagination towards an understanding of our communal need for music, searching gently and comically for the meaning of life itself. This is a roadmap and call to arms for anyone seeking to Resist Phony Encores!

                                                                                                                  Tim Lawrence

                                                                                                                  Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983

                                                                                                                    As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a ferociously inventive period characterized by its creativity, intensity, and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions that took place in the city's subterranean party venues as well as the way they cultivated breakthrough movements in art, performance, video, and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discrete post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level of plurality, interaction, and convergence.

                                                                                                                    He also explains how the shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American culture to a troubled denouement.

                                                                                                                    Tim Lawrence

                                                                                                                    Love Saves The Day: A History Of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979

                                                                                                                      Opening with David Mancuso's seminal "Love Saves the Day" Valentine's party, Tim Lawrence tells the definitive story of American dance music culture in the 1970s-from its subterranean roots in NoHo and Hell's Kitchen to its gaudy blossoming in midtown Manhattan to its wildfire transmission through America's suburbs and urban hotspots such as Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newark, and Miami. Tales of nocturnal journeys, radical music making, and polymorphous sexuality flow through the arteries of Love Saves the Day like hot liquid vinyl. They are interspersed with a detailed examination of the era's most powerful djs, the venues in which they played, and the records they loved to spin-as well as the labels, musicians, vocalists, producers, remixers, party promoters, journalists, and dance crowds that fueled dance music's tireless engine.

                                                                                                                      Love Saves the Day includes material from over three hundred original interviews with the scene's most influential players, including David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Tom Moulton, Loleatta Holloway, Giorgio Moroder, Francis Grasso, Frankie Knuckles, and Earl Young. It incorporates more than twenty special dj discographies-listing the favorite records of the most important spinners of the disco decade-and a more general discography cataloging some six hundred releases. Love Saves the Day also contains a unique collection of more than seventy rare photos.

                                                                                                                      Syd Barrett

                                                                                                                      The Lyrics Of Syd Barrett

                                                                                                                        Despite just a three-year tenure with the band, co-founder Syd Barrett's influence on Pink Floyd was profound and long-lasting. If his guitar gave the early Pink Floyd a distinctive hallucinatory sound, his often obscure and surreal lyrics were perhaps even more intoxicating. The complete lyrics of Syd Barrett - 52 songs written for Pink Floyd and during his subsequent solo career - are presented together for the first time, along with rare photos and artwork, to form this beautifully illustrated book.

                                                                                                                        Compiled in collaboration with the Syd Barrett estate, and featuring a foreword from former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and a comprehensive introduction by biographer Rob Chapman, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett delves deep into one of rock'n'roll's most imaginative and searing minds.

                                                                                                                        DR.ME

                                                                                                                        Not Dead Or Famous Enough Yet

                                                                                                                          An unparalleled & in-depth artefact of studio projects from the first 10 years of DR.ME studio spanning 560 pages featuring every project we have ever worked on including work for Mick Jagger, The Tate, Domino Records, Tri Angle, Riposte Magazine, Thames & Hudson & Universal. Alongside never before seen posters, record sleeves, identities, books, personal projects & more. Rare behind the scenes photography, exhibitions the studio has both curated and created work for around the world, anecdotes, insights and stories of how certain projects came to pass, rejected and killed work, the definitive DR.ME journey from 2010—2020 all in one place for the first time. 

                                                                                                                          Tricky

                                                                                                                          Hell Is Round The Corner : The Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography

                                                                                                                            Tricky is one of the most original music artists to emerge from the UK in the past 30 years. His signature sound, coupled with deep, questioning lyrics, took the UK by storm in the early 1990s and was part of the soundtrack that defined the post-rave generation. This unique, no-holds barred autobiography is not only a portrait of an incredible artist - it is also a gripping slice of social history packed with extraordinary anecdotes and voices from the margins of society.

                                                                                                                            Tricky examines how his creativity has helped him find a different path to that of his relatives, some of whom were bare-knuckle fighters and gangsters, and how his mother's suicide has had a lifelong effect on him, both creatively and psychologically. With his unique heritage and experience, his story will be one of the most talked-about music autobiographies of the decade.

                                                                                                                            'Bookended by tragedy, shot through with violence, ultimately uplifting' - Guardian

                                                                                                                            'An insight into a singular artist' - New Statesman

                                                                                                                            'Fierce, funny and indomitable' - Observer



                                                                                                                            Stephen Morris

                                                                                                                            Fast Forward : Confessions Of A Post-Punk Percussionist: Volume II

                                                                                                                              Iconic drummer Stephen Morris presses play once more to the tune of the long-awaited second volume of memoirs . . .

                                                                                                                              Poised on the brink of success, the dizzying heights of the unknown lying ahead, Ian Curtis had taken his own life. Grieving yet determined, Stephen Morris emerged from the wreckage of Joy Division to the dawn of something new: a new band, a new tour, a new beginning. Under the name New Order, Morris and his bandmates set their sights on America, only to encounter new disasters.

                                                                                                                              Yet, in true northern spirit, not even this sudden tragedy could dissuade them from following their haphazard path to greatness. Following the highs and lows of New Order, Fast Forward tracks the changing rhythm of Morris's life and the music that shaped it. From 'music differences' to the ever-growing Joy Division legacy, music is the constant beat through the verses of Fast Forward as Morris's personal and professional life grew increasingly intertwined.

                                                                                                                              This came to a head when his girlfriend was invited to join the band. Tentatively stepping into their testosterone-filled world, Gillian was the right person at the right time for New Order. And for Morris.

                                                                                                                              What began as just a trial period in the band spun into a whirlwind of new projects and experiences, including The Other Two - a project born during one of New Order's (many) hiatuses. Blending entertaining anecdote with profound reflection, Fast Forward strips back a lifetime of fame and fortune to tell, with raw honesty, how New Order threatened to implode time after time. And yet, despite everything, the legacy of their music continued to hold them together.

                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                Piccadilly Records

                                                                                                                                End Of Year Review 2020

                                                                                                                                  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, the 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. 

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Chapter Breakdown
                                                                                                                                    1: History Of Manchester’s Slum Dwellings From The 19th Century To 1960’s.
                                                                                                                                    2: Interviewee’s Experiences Of Growing Up In The Inner City. Musical Influences And Access To Physical Musical Output.
                                                                                                                                    3; Nightclubs/Bars Of Manchester. The Gay Scene, Pips, The Ranch Bar. Bowie/Roxy
                                                                                                                                    4; The Electric Circus. Early Gigs Including Sex Pistols And Buzzcocks.
                                                                                                                                    5; So It Goes- Sex Pistols First Appearance On T.V. Recollections From The Producer.
                                                                                                                                    6; Early Punk Fashion In The City. People’s Stories Of Homemade Clothing.
                                                                                                                                    7; Violence On The Streets Of Manchester And The Terraces. Football And Punk.
                                                                                                                                    8; Venues Of Manchester; Band On The Wall, Rafters, The Oaks, Apollo Theatre.
                                                                                                                                    9; The Growth Of Punk In Manchester, Interviewee’s Gig Memories.
                                                                                                                                    10; So It Goes Second Series. Recollections Of Outside Broadcasts From Director And Video Assistant.
                                                                                                                                    11; The Closure Of The Electric Circus.
                                                                                                                                    12; The Dissolution Of Punk At The End Of 1977. The Lasting Legacy Of What Punk Meant To The People Interviewed For The Book.

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                      Kevin Cummins

                                                                                                                                      While We Were Getting High : Britpop & The '90s In Photographs With Unseen Images

                                                                                                                                        Nostalgic, anarchic and featuring contributions from icons of the Britpop era including Noel Gallagher and Brett Anderson, While We Were Getting High is a seminal portrait of a decade like no other.

                                                                                                                                        Remember Britpop and the '90s through hundreds of its most striking images - with many seen here for the very first time. Taken by renowned photographer Kevin Cummins, chief photographer at the NME for more than a decade, the images in this book explore the rise and fall of Cool Britannia and all that came with it. Artists featured include:Oasis, Blur, Suede, Pulp, Elastica, Supergrass, The Charlatans, Gene, Sleeper, and many more




                                                                                                                                        Amy Raphael

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                          Mark Lanegan

                                                                                                                                          Sing Backwards And Weep

                                                                                                                                            From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive reality beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history-from a survivor who lived to tell the tale. When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' roll." Within less than a decade, he would rise to fame as the front man of the Screaming Trees, then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict, all the while watching some of his closest friends rocket to the pinnacle of popular music.

                                                                                                                                            In Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and saturated with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of the Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favourites with an enduring legacy that still resonates. Lanegan's personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends, is documented with a painful honesty and pathos.

                                                                                                                                            Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, Sing Backwards and Weep is a book about more than just an extraordinary singer who watched his dreams catch fire and incinerate the ground beneath his feet. Instead, it's about a man who learned how to drag himself from the wreckage, dust off the ashes, and keep living and creating.

                                                                                                                                            Shaun Ryder

                                                                                                                                            Twisting My Melon: The Autobiography

                                                                                                                                              Shaun Ryder has lived a life of glorious highs and desolate lows. As lead singer of the Happy Mondays, he turned Manchester into Madchester, combining all the excesses of a true rock'n'roll star with music and lyrics that led impresario Tony Wilson to describe him as 'the greatest poet since Yeats'. The young scally who left school at fifteen without ever learning his alphabet had come a very long way indeed.

                                                                                                                                              Huge chart success and a Glastonbury headline slot followed, plus numerous arrests and world tours - then Shaun's drug addiction reached its height, Factory Records was brought to its knees and the Mondays split. But was this the end for Shaun Ryder? Not by a long shot. Two years later he was back with new band Black Grape, and their groundbreaking debut album topped the charts in possibly the greatest comeback of all time.

                                                                                                                                              Even his continuing struggle with drugs did not stem the tide of critically acclaimed tracks and collaborations as he went on to prove his musical genius time and again. And then there was the jungle... Rock'n'roll legend, reality TV star, drug-dealer, poet, film star, heroin addict, son, brother, father, husband, foul-mouthed anthropologist and straight-talking survivor, Shaun Ryder has been a cultural icon and a 24-hour party person for a quarter of a century.

                                                                                                                                              Told in his own words, this is his story.

                                                                                                                                              Richard Russell

                                                                                                                                              Liberation Through Hearing : Rap, Rave And The Rise Of XL Recordings

                                                                                                                                                When I stopped wanting things for the wrong reasons, they became possible. For almost 30 years as label boss, producer, and talent conductor at XL Recordings, Richard Russell has discovered, shaped and nurtured the artists who have rewritten the musical dictionary of the 21st century, artists like The Prodigy, The White Stripes, Adele, M.I.A., Dizzee Rascal and Giggs.

                                                                                                                                                Growing up in north London in thrall to the raw energy of '80s US hip hop, Russell emerged as one part of rave outfit Kicks Like a Mule in 1991 at a moment when new technology enabled a truly punk aesthetic on the fledgling free party scene. For most of the 90s identified with breakbeat and hardcore, Russell's stewardship at the label was always uncompromising and open to radical influences rather than conventional business decisions. Liberation through Hearing tells the remarkable story of XL Recordings and their three decades on the frontline of innovation in music; the eclectic chorus of artists who came to define the label's unique aesthetic, and Russell's own story; his highs and lows steering the fortunes of an independent label in a rapidly changing industry, his celebrated work with Bobby Womack and Gil Scot Heron on their late-career masterpieces, and his own development as a musician in Everything is Recorded.

                                                                                                                                                Always searching for new sounds and new truths, Liberation through Hearing is a portrait of a man who believes in the spiritual power of music to change reality. It is also the story of a label that refused to be categorised by genre and in the process cut an idiosyncratic groove which was often underground in feel but mainstream in impact.

                                                                                                                                                David Gedge

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

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

                                                                                                                                                  Tracey Thorn

                                                                                                                                                  Another Planet : A Teenager In Suburbia

                                                                                                                                                    Before becoming an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living. Returning to the scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters, the pub car parks and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children and the children who wanted none of it.

                                                                                                                                                    With great wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.

                                                                                                                                                    The Design Museum

                                                                                                                                                    Electronic : From Kraftwerk To The Chemical Brothers

                                                                                                                                                      At more than 120 bpm, electronic music sets the tempo on dancefloors around the globe. Accompanying the exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, this book offers an insight into the visual culture of electronic music, and how technology, design, art and fashion have contributed to its power. With its roots in Detroit and Chicago in the early 1980s, electronic dance music was popularised across Europe through underground rave parties.

                                                                                                                                                      Its impact on contemporary culture is still unfolding today. Containing interviews with early pioneers such as techno legend Jeff Mills, The Designers Republic's Ian Anderson, and those pushing the political dimension of electronic music, such as ballroom dancer and DJ Kiddy Smile, Electronic bears witness to the shifting nature of the genre. Illustrated with over 300 images, some published here for the first time, Electronic features Jean-Michel Jarre's virtual studio; work by pioneer Daphne Oram of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; audiovisual performances by musicians like Bicep and the Chemical Brothers; fashion collections by Raf Simons and Charles Jeffrey of Loverboy; iconic photography by Jacob Khrist and Tina Paul; artwork by Christian Marclay; club graphics from Peter Saville and Mark Farrow; and iconic venues such as the Hac ienda, Gatecrasher, Fabric, Berghain and the Warehouse Project.

                                                                                                                                                      Reflecting the shifts in society over the past thirty years, electronic music has generated distinct visual languages as well as its own political and cultural ideals.

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      says: Posters, circuit boards, nightclubs and album art - a gorgeous compendium of all things electro

                                                                                                                                                      John Robb

                                                                                                                                                      The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop : The Reunion Edition

                                                                                                                                                        'The Stone Roses have become folk heroes, frozen in time. And their story, with roots in punk through post-punk, scooter boys, skinheads, Northern Soul, psychedelia, acid house and Madchester, is everything that is great about British street culture.'

                                                                                                                                                        Reni. Mani. Ian Brown. John Squire. Names that will forever be remembered for creating their defining album The Stone Roses and a unique but inimitable baggy style. Their phenomenal story was first documented by the man who was with them every step of the way: John Robb. And now, in this special edition of his acclaimed and intimate biography, Robb brings the ultimate rock 'n' roll tale fully up to date.

                                                                                                                                                        Peter Hook

                                                                                                                                                        Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                          Marcus J Moore

                                                                                                                                                          The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited The Soul Of Black America

                                                                                                                                                            Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game. He has been described as the poet Laureate of hip-hop, perceptive, philosophical, unapologetic, fearless, and an innovative storyteller whose body of work has been compared to James Joyce and James Baldwin.

                                                                                                                                                            He is a visionary who will go down as history as one of the most important artists of all time. But what's so striking about Kendrick Lamar, aside from his impressive accolades, is how he's effectively established himself as a formidable opponent of oppression, a force for change. Through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for many people in America.

                                                                                                                                                            Written by veteran journalist and music critic Marcus J. Moore, this is the first biography of Kendrick Lamar. It's the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist, his resurrection of jazz, his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap.

                                                                                                                                                            The book traces not only Lamar's powerful impact on music but also on our current society, especially under the weight of police brutality, divisive politics, and social injustice. With exclusive interviews with his family, friends, and record producers, this book is the must-read for any fan. The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling under the weight of systemic oppression, reminding everyone that through it all, "we gon' be alright".

                                                                                                                                                            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.




                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Spring
                                                                                                                                                              Spring (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                                                              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. 



                                                                                                                                                                The Wire

                                                                                                                                                                Issue 439 - September 2020

                                                                                                                                                                  Inside this issue:

                                                                                                                                                                  Mourning [A] BLKstar: The prolific Cleveland, Ohio ensemble speak to the power of community with a continually evolving amalgam of soul, funk, blues and jazz. By Neil Kulkarni

                                                                                                                                                                  Beverly Glenn-Copeland: The resurgent Philadelphia born singer-songwriter’s new age folk-pop promotes compassion and kindness in defiance of harsh reality. By Joshua Minsoo Kim

                                                                                                                                                                  Lao Dan: The Chinese multi-instrumentalist blends formal training with strategies of unlearning to create stark and physically demanding works. By Josh Feola

                                                                                                                                                                  Bunita Marcus: The post-minimalist composer and conductor quietly reclaims the spotlight. By Louise Gray

                                                                                                                                                                  Invisible Jukebox: Marcia Bassett × Samara Lubelski: New York psych/folk/noise lifers experience both sides of The Wire’s mystery record selection

                                                                                                                                                                  Unlimited Editions: Anòmia

                                                                                                                                                                  Unofficial Channels: CHEWn!

                                                                                                                                                                  Theresa Wong: The rulebreaking cellist gets sensitive. By Julian Cowley

                                                                                                                                                                  No Home: London bedroom punk artfully bemoans the rat race. By Stephanie Phillips

                                                                                                                                                                  Alan Braufman: Second wind for the New York saxophonist. By Philip Clark

                                                                                                                                                                  Eve Maret: Electronic therapy, Eno homages and community soundcraft from the Nashville synthesist. By Emily Bick

                                                                                                                                                                  Global Ear: Our regular column continues to report on music in the time of pandemic. This month: record shop survivalism in Leeds and clubbing compilations in Lisbon

                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                    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


                                                                                                                                                                      Yuck Magazine

                                                                                                                                                                      Volume Three: Autumn 2020

                                                                                                                                                                        Yuck Magazine is an independent arts, culture and music
                                                                                                                                                                        publication based out of Manchester. Founded in late 2018 by
                                                                                                                                                                        a group of young creatives, the magazine is a growing family of
                                                                                                                                                                        artists, writers, photographers and designers. The latest volume
                                                                                                                                                                        features interviews & collaborations with creatives, musicians
                                                                                                                                                                        and cultural figures, accompanied by stunning visual imagery
                                                                                                                                                                        and artwork.

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pockets Of Light ? With Handwritten Score
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Evertina
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Awaiting
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Butterfly ? New Recording Included
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Parasol
                                                                                                                                                                            6. The Moving Window ? Previously Unreleased

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                              Jon Savage

                                                                                                                                                                              1966: The Year The Decade Exploded

                                                                                                                                                                                The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics -- often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature -- the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. The 7 inch single outsold the long-player for the final time. It was the year in which the ever lasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.

                                                                                                                                                                                Jon Savage's 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future of the balance of the century. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.

                                                                                                                                                                                Jon Savage

                                                                                                                                                                                England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols & Punk Rock

                                                                                                                                                                                  Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anedcote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock'n'roll band and the cultural moment they came to define. The critical reputation of England's Dreaming has grown over the past decade and a half, and now it joins the Faber Modern Classics list. This updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Johnny Marr, an account of the Sex Pistols 1996 reunion, and a comprehensively updated discography.

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Garth Cartwright

                                                                                                                                                                                    Going For A Song

                                                                                                                                                                                      The in-depth history of the rise, fall and rise of the independent record shop in the UK. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Garth Cartwright conducted 100+ interviews with many record shop pioneers, noted musicians and record collectors. Utilising comprehensive research, Cartwright traces record retail history across a century of unprecedented social, cultural and political change.

                                                                                                                                                                                      With foreword by Stewart Lee

                                                                                                                                                                                      From market traders selling music hall 78s via HMV's gloved classical emporium through Soho's post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk scene to mods hungry for imported ska and soul 45s, Going For A Song documents how popular music and youth fashions took shape around influential record shops. Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool's NEMS shops, utilises his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. Psychedelia's golden dawn is overseen at Mayfair's One Stop (Jimi Hendrix's being a regular) while A Clockwork Orange is filmed in the Chelsea Drug Store. The '70’s finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail. Rough Trade and Small Wonder launch punk record labels from within their respective shops. Disco and reggae, techno and dubstep, are all shaped by visionary record shops. Then, at the dawn of this century, hundreds of record shops crash. From these ruins rise independent shops surfing the vinyl revival and Record Store Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Never before published research documents how a young Bob Dylan records in the basement of a Soho shop while David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Danny Baker and Pete Burns all first entered the music industry via working in record shops. Here friendships were forged, knowledge shared, bands formed and history shaped.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bobby Gillespie

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tenement Kid - Standard Hardback Cover Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tenement Kid is Bobby Gillespie's story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with 'starting the 90's', Screamadelica.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Born into a working class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby's memoirs begin in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock n roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning shining from Phil Lynott's mirrored pickguard at his first gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. Filled with 'the holy spirit of rock n roll' his destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock which to Bobby, represents an iconoclastic vision of class rebellion and would ultimately lead to him becoming an artist initially in the Jesus and Mary Chain then in Primal Scream.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Structured in four parts, Tenement Kid builds like a breakbeat crescendo to the final quarter of the book, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in an East Sussex field. As the '80s bleed into the '90s and a new kind of electronic soul music starts to pulse through the nation's consciousness, Primal Scream become the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ending with the release of Screamadelica and the tour that followed in the autumn, Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock n roll apostle who would radically reshape the future sounds of fin de siècle British pop. Published thirty years after the release of their masterpiece, Bobby Gillespie's memoir cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Carl Cox

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh Yes, Oh Yes - Special Edition Box Set

                                                                                                                                                                                          Carl Cox was instrumental in the birth of dance music culture and is still the heartbeat of the global dance music scene. From warm up DJ at Paul Oakenfold's 'Future' to the opening night of the legendary 'Shoom' and unlicensed rave DJ billed as 'The People's Choice' at unlicensed raves to a global headline main stage artist playing across the world, Carl has been everything from a recording artist and producer to label owner, radio DJ and broadcaster. Oh yes, oh yes! tells the story, in his own words, of the man known as 'the three deck wizard' and the King of Ibiza; a DJ who remains at the very top of his game and continues to innovate and thrill music-lovers on the world's biggest stages.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Starting off as a shelf-stacker and a scaffolder in the south London suburbs, Carl's phenomenal talents as a DJ grew out of his love of music and knowledge of soundsystem culture. In Oh yes, oh yes! he looks back over a life lived at the heart of the party, from Ibiza to Melbourne to Burning Man, and a career that in many ways is the story of club culture and a righteous inspiration to all those who choose to follow their dreams. Told in the voice of a true evangelist, Oh yes, oh yes! is a remarkably candid and intimate portrait of an artist who has never lost touch with the people who share the dancefloor with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                          'Carl is one of the few true pioneers of UK club culture internationally. He has opened the door to so many DJs and inspired so many, including me.' Gilles Peterson.

                                                                                                                                                                                          'Carl Cox wrote the script of what it means to be a DJ.' David Guetta.

                                                                                                                                                                                          'People use the term legend far too easily for my liking but Carl is legend personified.' Grooverider.

                                                                                                                                                                                          'Carl has always been my favourite. He is the complete DJ, also the DJs DJ. Records come to life when he plays them, rooms come to life when he rocks them. His enthusiasm is infectious, his commitment complete.' Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Carl Cox

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh Yes, Oh Yes

                                                                                                                                                                                            Carl Cox was instrumental in the birth of dance music culture and is still the heartbeat of the global dance music scene. From warm up DJ at Paul Oakenfold's 'Future' to the opening night of the legendary 'Shoom' and unlicensed rave DJ billed as 'The People's Choice' at unlicensed raves to a global headline main stage artist playing across the world, Carl has been everything from a recording artist and producer to label owner, radio DJ and broadcaster. Oh yes, oh yes! tells the story, in his own words, of the man known as 'the three deck wizard' and the King of Ibiza; a DJ who remains at the very top of his game and continues to innovate and thrill music-lovers on the world's biggest stages.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Starting off as a shelf-stacker and a scaffolder in the south London suburbs, Carl's phenomenal talents as a DJ grew out of his love of music and knowledge of soundsystem culture. In Oh yes, oh yes! he looks back over a life lived at the heart of the party, from Ibiza to Melbourne to Burning Man, and a career that in many ways is the story of club culture and a righteous inspiration to all those who choose to follow their dreams. Told in the voice of a true evangelist, Oh yes, oh yes! is a remarkably candid and intimate portrait of an artist who has never lost touch with the people who share the dancefloor with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                            'Carl is one of the few true pioneers of UK club culture internationally. He has opened the door to so many DJs and inspired so many, including me.' Gilles Peterson.

                                                                                                                                                                                            'Carl Cox wrote the script of what it means to be a DJ.' David Guetta.

                                                                                                                                                                                            'People use the term legend far too easily for my liking but Carl is legend personified.' Grooverider.

                                                                                                                                                                                            'Carl has always been my favourite. He is the complete DJ, also the DJs DJ. Records come to life when he plays them, rooms come to life when he rocks them. His enthusiasm is infectious, his commitment complete.' Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Baxter Dury

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chaise Longue

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              Warren Ellis

                                                                                                                                                                                              Nina Simone's Gum

                                                                                                                                                                                                From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                'Warren has turned this memento, snatched from his idol's piano in a moment of rapture, into a genuine religious artefact.' NICK CAVE

                                                                                                                                                                                                On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave's Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone's piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, growing in significance with every passing year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                In 2019, Cave - his collaborator and great friend - asked Warren if there was anything he could contribute to display in his Stranger Than Kindness exhibition. Warren realised the time had come to release the gum. Together they agreed it should be housed in a glass case like a holy relic. Worrying the gum would be damaged or lost, Warren decided to first have it cast in silver and gold, sparking a chain of events that no one could have predicted, one that would take him back to his childhood and his relationship to found objects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Nina Simone's Gum is about how something so small can form beautiful connections between people. It is a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Robby Krieger

                                                                                                                                                                                                Set The Night On Fire - Signed Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                  In his first book ever, legendary Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," opens up about The Doors' meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock 'n' roll.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Few bands are as shrouded in the murky haze of rock mythology as The Doors, and parsing fact from fiction has been a virtually impossible task. But now, after fifty years, The Doors' notoriously quiet guitarist is finally breaking his silence to set the record straight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Through a series of vignettes, Robby takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents' living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Robby also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life's most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction to cancer, but he balances out the sorrow with humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is at once an insightful time capsule of 1960s counterculture and a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician. It's not only a must-read for Doors fans, but an essential volume of American pop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tanya Pearson

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A remarkable feminist history and biography that features fragments from the five-decade career of an iconic artist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    First as a doe-eyed ingenue with 'As Tears Go By', then as a gravel-voiced phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1960s with a landmark punk album, Broken English, and finally as a genre-less icon, Marianne Faithfull carved her name into the history of rock 'n' roll to chart a career spanning five decades and multiple detours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why, then, was Faithfull absent from the male-dominated history of the British Invasion?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Putting memoir on equal footing with biographical accounts, historian Tanya Pearson writes about Faithfull as an avid fan, recovered addict and queer musician at a crossroads. Whether exploring Faithfull's rise to celebrity, her drug addiction and fall from grace as a spurned 'muse' or her reinvention as a sober, soulful chanteuse subverting all expectations for an ageing woman in music, Pearson reaffirms the deep connection between creator and listener in this remarkable feminist history of the iconic artist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Excellent . . . Fans of Faithfull will find so much to love in this book . . . Pearson deserves the widest possible audience.' POPMATTERS

                                                                                                                                                                                                    'With vulnerability and a smart sense of humor, Tanya Pearson exposes the profoundly misogynistic music industry that abused Marianne Faithfull . . . heroic and hiliarious.' JD SAMSON, of LeTigre and MEN

                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Witty, passioante, and provactive. Finally, a feminist appreciation for Marianne Faithfull.' VIVIEN GOLDMAN, author of Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark Andrews

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paint My Name In Black And Gold : The Rise Of The Sisters Of Mercy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leeds, 1980. From the chaos of the city's vibrant post-punk scene emerges an unlikely band of young men who will, over the next five years, go on to invent goth as we know it and change the course of rock music forever, before blowing apart spectacularly on the verge of stardom. This is the story of the rise of the Sisters of Mercy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It focuses on the Sisters' two classic line-ups: Andrew Eldritch on vocals, Craig Adams on bass, Gary Marx and Ben Gunn - and later Wayne Hussey - on guitars, and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche. Hussey and Adams were hard-living road dogs with fascinating musical back-stories; neither Gunn nor Marx were natural rock 'n' roll animals, but the latter performed with such abandon that it was hard to believe he also wrote the Sisters' most delicate and beautiful songs. Lead singer Eldritch was the most peculiar and compelling of them all, a singular and mesmerising amalgam of T.S. Eliot and David Bowie: in the period covered by this book, he staked a powerful claim to be the greatest rock star of his generation. Drawing on dozens of interviews with band members and key figures in the Sisters' journey, Paint My Name in Black and Gold is the definitive account of how - against the odds and all reasonable expectation - these men came to make transcendent and life-altering music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is also about the glorious stupidity of being in a Leeds rock band in the early eighties, with tales involving a milk float, a hibernating snake, a wardrobe in a tree, an amyl nitrate-soaked effects pedal and the inopportune consumption of Dutch hash cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Will Sergeant

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bunnyman : A Memoir

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s and '70s, when skinheads, football violence and fear of just about everything was the natural order of things, a young Will Sergeant found the emerging punk scene provided a shimmer of hope amongst a crumbling city still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War. From school-day horrors and mud flinging fun to nights at Liverpool's punk club, Eric's, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was this devotion that led to the birth of the Bunnymen, to the days when he and Ian McCulloch would muck around with reel-to-reel recordings of song ideas in the back parlour of his parents' council estate house, and to finding a community - friends, enemies and many in between - with those who would become post-punk royalty from the likes of Dead or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Teardrop Explodes to name a few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was an uphill struggle to carve their name in the history of Liverpool music, but Echo and the Bunnymen became iconic, with songs like 'Lips Like Sugar,' 'The Cutter' and 'The Killing Moon'. By turns wry, explicit and profound, Bunnyman reveals what it was really like to be part of one of the most important British bands of the 1980s.


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