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.
‘They are always different; they are always the same.’ John Peel
Over the course of their prolific forty-year career The Fall were consistently one of the most influential and unique groups Britain has ever produced, with frontman Mark E. Smith hailed as one of the country’s sharpest lyricists. Following Mark E. Smith’s death in January 2018, there was an outpouring of tributes from a surprising spectrum of admirers.
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 […]149 SEK
Music - Pop Culture - Society
A Hidden Landscape Once a Week: The Unruly Curiosity of the British Music Press from the ’60s to the ’80s…
An anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary from the heyday of British pop music writing. In it’s heyday, from the 1960s to the 1980s, the UK music press was the forging ground for a new critical culture, where readers could encounter anything from comics and cult films to new musical forms and radical […]225 SEK
Music - Non Fiction
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Modern pop began in 1952 when the first British chart was published and the first 7″ singles were released. It ended (perhaps) in 1995 when Robson and Jerome reached the top of the charts with the…..295 SEK
Bob Stanley is a music writer and a founder member of Saint Etienne the three piece who emerged with the classic album Foxbase Alpha in 1991, and went on to become one of the best loved British groups of their generation. Here, he writes about the influences and impulses behind his own songwriting. Includes photographs by […]139 SEK