Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

We will be launching ‘Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped Shape Modern Life’ by David Cavanagh on September 24 at Rough Trade East with a panel discussion about the great man and a book signing.

Joining David on the panel will be Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Brix Smith-Start (The Fall/The Adult Net) and Jen Long.

This is also an opportunity to get your copy of Good Night and Good Riddance a whole week early.

Click here for details.

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As copies of Psychedelia and Other Colours (available here) start dropping on doormats, author Rob Chapman has created the perfect psychedelic soundtrack to accompany.

It’s going to get weird!

To celebrate today’s publication of Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman, the author of the books foreword, Andrew Weatherall, has created this special acid-inspired mix.

Andrew on the mix:

“Deadlines were passing and and I needed a kick up the arse, but with an army of psychic skeletons waiting to surge across synapses should they be lysergically fired, going “gonzo” was not an option when I found myself lacking Caliope’s influence. I needed to get back on the bus but knew that the cost of a ticket was one I was unwilling to pay.My sanity is priceless. I needed a “madeleine moment” but tea and cake wasn’t going to cut it. Casting my mind back to my first trip I remembered a good part of it was spent on a large Victorian brass bed listening to the static between stations on a transistor radio.I heard my own internal soundtrack, music made of ether and electricity. It was then it struck me. A sonic key was required. After some hours spent in the bunker’s research library I compiled a collection of music that crackled and fizzed within a nebulous fog. Static charges mirroring synaptic fireworks. On mixing and playing the result was immediate. The foreword was written.”

Psychedelia and Other Colours is available to buy here.

From an undisputed national treasure, Faber & Faber are proud to announce the publication of the selected lyrics of Billy Bragg.

Billy Bragg is one of Britain’s most distinctive and accomplished songwriters, whose work has articulated the passions, both personal and political, of Britain during the past five decades. Published on November 4 2015, A Lover Sings contains over seventy of his best-known lyrics, selected and annotated by the author.

‘Sexuality’, ‘A New England’, ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’ – these are unadorned, poetic songs that skilfully interweave everyday observation with much broader concerns: of fairness and outrage, of generosity and love.

A Lover Sings reveals a unique sensibility: principled and proudly of the left, funny, forthright and tender. It is an inspiring collection.

Pre-order links coming soon.

Billy Bragg was born in 1957 in Barking. His albums include Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy, Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, Workers Playtime and Tooth & Nail.

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