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This Is Memorial Device

David Keenan

This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock.

It follows a cast of misfits, drop-outs, small town visionaries and would-be artists and musicians through a period of time where anything seemed possible, a moment where art and the demands it made were as serious as your life. At its core is the story of Memorial Device, a mythic post-punk group that could have gone all the way were it not for the visionary excess and uncompromising bloody-minded belief that served to confirm them as underground legends.

Written in a series of hallucinatory first-person eye-witness accounts that capture the prosaic madness of the time and place, heady with the magic of youth recalled, This Is Memorial Device combines the formal experimentation of David Foster Wallace at his peak circa Brief Interviews With Hideous Men with moments of delirious psychedelic modernism, laugh out loud bathos, and tender poignancy.

‘Beautifully believable and appallingly sad . . . One of the most acute, affecting and aphoristic novels of recent years . . . A hallucinatory and haunting vision.’  Guardian

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RRP: £14.99

Published: 02/02/2017

ISBN: 9780571330836

Length: 304 pages

Format: Paperback

About David Keenan

David Keenan is the author of England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underworld and a senior critic on The Wire.

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David Keenan and David F Ross at the Edinburgh Book Festival

August 19, 2017

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

David Keenan & David F Ross: Post-Punk’s Not Dead The decade that taste often forgot is brought back to some kind of life in new literary adventures from the two…


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This Is Memorial Device: David Keenan’s Scottish Postpunk Playlist

April 12, 2017

This Is Memorial Device: An exclusive playlist of Scottish postpunk from the world of the novel by David Keenan novel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMm28uJSgSQ&list=PLPMu4Xg4rGjDUnjZ7lNaEJPDy8OovHJaV The Prats – InvernessScrotum Poles – Pick The Cat’s…

Exemplars of Regional Madmanism: The First Ten

March 2, 2017

An exclusive new playlist by David Keenan collecting the wildest and crudest regional post-punk DIY tracks in existence. Tampax – “UFO Dictator” (Italy 1979) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFLBaFdMQSI Slugfuckers – “Deaf Disco” (Australia…