Faber is delighted to announce that it has secured rights for Peggy Seeger’s First Time Ever: A Memoir for publication in February 2018.
Peggy is one of folk music’s most influential artists and songwriters, having spearheaded the 1960s folk revival alongside her late collaborator and partner, Ewan MacColl. As a founding member of the Critics Group, she helped nurture a generation of musicians. Her work on the BBC Radio Ballads went towards redefining documentary broadcasting. Many of her songs have become anthems for the women’s movement, such as ‘I’m Gonna Be an Engineer’ and ‘Carry Greenham Home’. And as Ewan’s muse, she was the inspiration for one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.
Peggy has released numerous albums, the most recent being last year’s Everything Changes, which received universal critical praise, and whose ‘Swim to the Star’, co-written with her son Calum MacColl, won Best Original Song at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Editor Dave Watkins: ‘Peggy has led, and continues to lead, an extraordinarily rich life, which she recounts in the most luminous and energised prose. Hers is a story of passion – for music, for her loves, for living – which lifts off the page. It is genuinely inspiring.’
Peggy Seeger: ‘At eighty-one, it’s about time I wrote a memoir. Remembering who I think I was and reflecting on who I think I am has helped me forge signposts for the twenty years I think I still have. It’s a chronological roller-coaster ride – up, down and diagonal. I’m dizzy with the writing of it. Come along for the trip – company always welcome.’
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.
It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’ . . . shortly before he was arrested for indecent exposure, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art, some of which resides as part of the Tate permanent collection.
And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, pornography and art.
Art Sex Music is the wise, shocking and elegant autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Art Sex Music – Spoken Word Events
September 1st–4th – Festival No.6, Estuary Stage
Q&A with Andrew Weatherall
October 26th – ICA Theatre, London
Q&A with Maria Fusco, rare screening of the COUM Transmissions film After Cease to Exist, an exhibition of Cosey’s original ICA Prostitution Magazine Actions plus DJ set by Richard Clouston’s Cosey Club.
We’re excited to announce that Underworld’s Karl Hyde will be appearing at the following select dates in support of publication of I Am Dogboy, a beautiful, full colour collection of Karl’s diaries and photographs.
Karl will be appearing at the following events in conversation about the book, with visual accompaniment, and signing copies afterwards.
Monday 31st October – London, Rough Trade East – Tickets
Wednesday 2nd November – Manchester, Home – Tickets
Friday 4th November – The Hague NL, Crossing Border Festival – Tickets
Saturday 5th November – Dublin IRE, Metropolis Festival – Tickets
In 1999 Karl Hyde began writing a public diary. Every day since then, Hyde has documented his thoughts, lyrical works-in-progress, poetry and biographical essays alongside ‘found’ visuals. For the last sixteen years, these entries have collectively created an on-going, utterly unique monologue on Underworld’s website.
I Am Dogboy handpicks a selection of diary entries and rearranges them, intercut with an autobiographical narrative, that follows Hyde from childhood through to the exploratory early years of Underworld, an electronic act who have been peerless for the last twenty-five years. Spliced throughout the narrative are standalone/abstract poetic pieces that offer occasional snapshots of life on the road and in the studio and give an insight into Hyde’s singular style of lyric writing.