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Faber Social are pleased to announce the acquisition of The Rise, The Fall & The Rise by Brix Smith-Start, due for publication in early 2016.

The story of The Fall, one of Britain’s most cherished anti-establishment pop institutions, has been told several times in recent years. Renegade, by Mark E Smith was the first, quickly followed by Dave Simpson’s account of the entire dramatis personae in The Fallen. Last year we had The Big Midweek by Steve Hanley, described as ‘the sound of The Fall’ by Mark E himself.

But for much of the ’80s with The Fall in their postpunk pop prime, it was arguably Brix Smith, then married to Mark, who can claim that accolade. Moving to Manchester via Chicago and a fantastically eccentric upbringing in LA, Brix moulded The Fall’s sound into a more mainstream if still leftfield proposition, on albums like ‘The Wonderful and Frightening World Of’, ‘This Nations Saving Grace’, and ‘Bend Sinister’, which are now regarded as amongst the greatest achievements of a band whose legacy as the UK’s most influential postpunk group is secure.

At the heart of The Rise, The Fall & The Rise is almost a decade and a half in and out the shambling, chaotic world of The Fall and the story of her love for, and marriage to Mark, and its eventual disintegration. But there is much more to Brix’s memoir than the story of the band and the relationship at the heart of it. There’s her relationship with Nigel Kennedy, and her day spent in Hole; a spell waiting tables in downtown LA, living above Susanna Hoff’s garage, and her marriage to Philip Start and re-emergence as Brix Smith Start the fashion expert and TV presenter with a portfolio of three boutique shops in London.

Lee Brackstone, Creative Director of Faber Social, acquired World English Rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander. Brackstone says, ‘Brix’s story from childhood to her time in The Fall and beyond is pure rock n roll. She is unflinching in her presentation of the facts, the highs, and the damage done on a journey that at times beggars belief. Her story is wild, transcendent, and redemptive. This promises to be one of the highlights of the Spring 2016 season for Faber Social.’

To celebrate the publication of I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny by Mick Houghton (March 5), Faber Social will be presenting of night dedicated to all things Sandy.

Please join us on Tuesday March 3 2015 at one of London’s last original folk clubs, The Troubadour, for a night of music, discussion and film featuring:

Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells) playing the music of Sandy Denny

Mick Houghton in discussion with Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Joe Boyd and Mark Cooper (BBC)

Plus screening footage of Sandy and a gallary of rare photographs and sketches.

We will also have early copies of I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn for sale on the night.

March 3 2015

The Troubadour, 263-7 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 9JA

Doors 19:00. Programme starts at 19:30

Eventbrite - Faber Social presents A Night of Sandy Denny

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