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Six Things: Lizzy Goodman’s essential MMITB record selection

August 14, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

On a recent trip to London, we persuaded (with very little force necessary) Meet Me in the Bathroom author Lizzy Goodman to browse the shelves at Rough Trade East and select …

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (in a bathroom).

The official Meet Me in the Bathroom playlist

August 8, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

Meet Me in the Bathroom author Lizzy Goodman, who is taking over the Faber Social website this month, has put together a banging – and pretty addictive – playlist, featuring …

Faber Social meets Lizzy Goodman (in the bathroom)

August 1, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

This month Faber Social publishes Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman. An oral history of rock and roll in New York from 2001 to 2011, the book contains hundreds of …

From skiffle to Sgt Pepper – Billy Bragg on the evolution of British pop

June 26, 2017| by johng

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World was published on the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that, more than …

Skiffle band Peepel play for holidaymakers on a beach in Millport 26th July 1957 PIC: SMG Newspapers Ltd

Billy Bragg’s Essential Skiffle Reading List

June 9, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

If Roots, Radicals and Rockers has given you the Skiffle bug then these five titles – recommended by the book’s author, and our guest editor, Billy Bragg – should be …

Skiffle group

Sizzlin’ Hot: Billy Bragg’s Skiffle playlist

June 2, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

To celebrate the publication of his new book Roots, Radicals and Rockers, our guest editor Billy Bragg has put together a playlist of some of his favourite Skiffle tracks. Featuring …

Billy Bragg

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: A Q&A with Billy Bragg

June 1, 2017| by Hannah Marshall

This month Faber Social publishes Billy Bragg’s Roots, Radicals and Rockers, the first book to explore the 1950s Skiffle phenomenon in depth. In this author Q&A, Billy Bragg tells us …

Dig If You Will playlists

Three Prince Playlists by Ben Greenman

May 4, 2017| by Faber Social

Prince has been gone more than a year, but his music is as present as ever—more present, in a sense, since his catalog has reappeared on the majority of available …

Cosey Fanni Tutti Web takeover

Meet Cosey Fanni Tutti

April 13, 2017| by johng

Cosey Fanni Tutti’s autobiography Art Sex Music has just been published to widespread acclaim. While she was writing it filmmaker Gavin Toomey interviewed her, and so here is a rare …

‘I Dared Him To Lick It But He Drew The Line At That’

March 17, 2017| by Faber Social

I Dared Him To Lick It But He Drew The Line At That: Peter Solly went to Israel with Sam Shreds where he stuck an ancient artefact down his pants. …

Tonight All About Robert Quine

March 17, 2017| by Faber Social

Tonight All About Robert Quine: Tam Gracie says that once upon a time everyone in Airdrie was in awe of Danny D’Angelo. The best solo ever recorded is by Robert …

Anthropoid & UFO

March 8, 2017| by Faber Social

David Keenan on Anthropoids in Airdrie: There was a great short-lived Industrial synth group who came out of Airdrie in 1983 called Anthropoid & UFO. This is the cover of …

The two best hippy albums are So Far and Mass In F Minor

March 7, 2017| by Faber Social

Untitled: Richard Starkey’s famous poem that he put to music under the name The Beguiled never had a proper title but it was all about hippy music at the end …

Punk Religion by Nina Lyon

March 9, 2016| by Faber Social

On 3 March, Faber Social published Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man by Nina Lyon, a provocative, wry and searching investigation of the Green Man and our relationship with it today. Having completed the book, Nina here looks back at this ancient, complex symbol, in  the context of ritual and religion. It isn’t a solstice or an equinox, and there is nothing unusual going on with the moon  tonight, and it’s February and cold so there is no strong argument in favour of a bonfire. It is  a Sunday, though, and I have an insistent feeling that we must go for a walk. I feel this with a  religious sort of fervour; if asked to define it further I might say that it is necessary in order  to wake up physically, and that in an animated state it becomes possible to perceive things  more immediately and to think about them more clearly. But there’s a bit more to it than that and I only realised this recently. Over the course of a  conversation with non‐churchgoing friends about family and our religious heritage, every  atheist and agnostic at the table admitted to missing the ritual of church, the introspective  space that was set aside and unlike the rest of daily life. We came out, one by one, as serial  attenders of Christmas carol services: you can love the ritual without necessarily loving the  institution, and its ancient seasonal underpinnings pre‐date the Christian church anyway.  How do we fill that gap now? At some point in the process of writing Uprooted the walk zealotry began. I have dragged my  children, my partner and assorted family and friends on walks that show little concern for  weather or appropriate footwear, are over‐ambitious given time and light considerations,  and that are simply unsafe – my younger child nearly got blown off a snow‐drifted mountain  ridge a few weeks back. We tend to mark the solstice and the other old festivals with a  bonfire in the woods, affairs lacking in solemnity and heavy on burnt marshmallows. These things feel important. They mark out a sense of place or points in time whose scales  are bigger than our own. This idea of the limits of the human sphere and the way that we  get stuck in a vision limited to the human scale was what first provoked me to write the  book. Two years ago we had just had a wave of floods very like those that hit the North of England  in particular this January. This year, the Welsh borders where I live didn’t do too badly; that  winter, roads crumbled, schools were closed, and much of the infrastructure we take for  …

Mystery Train Playlist

January 22, 2016| by Faber Social

We all know that Mystery Train by Greil Marcus is one of the greatest music books ever written. Now, thanks to some industrious soul, there’s a 200 song playlist to …

A Crash Course for a Raver: Rob Chapman on David Bowie

January 14, 2016| by Faber Social

1. It’s a warm Saturday evening in the early summer of 1969. I’m walking up town, cradling my transistor radio, dreaming small town dreams, listening to Radio One because there …

David Bowie (1947–2016)

January 11, 2016| by Faber Social

Remembered by Jon Savage. In case anyone cares to remember, the first couple of years of the 1970’s were something of a hard rock desert. It was all singer songwriters …

Rob Chapman – Psychedelia Spotify Playlist

September 4, 2015| by Faber Social

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!

New Andrew Weatherall Mix

September 3, 2015| by Faber Social

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 …

Original Rockers Beatbox Hour Playlist

August 19, 2015| by Faber Social

April 2015 saw the publication of Original Rockers by Richard King, and today, for your listening pleasure we bring you a perfect playlist curated by King himself. Featuring 20 songs on …

‘Secrets’ at The Social

July 28, 2015| by Faber Social

Last night, our friends at English PEN collaborated with us to bring you a night of exceptional writers. ‘Secrets’ at The Social, featured Jack Underwood, Max Porter, Sadie Jones, Emma Jane Unsworth, …

Mick Houghton’s Sandy Denny Playlist

February 17, 2015| by Faber Social

Sandwiched between Sandy Denny’s first home tape of ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’ and the last song she demoed, ‘Makes Me Think of You”, is an inevitably flawed overview …

A Fresh Perspective on Metallica’s Load and Reload Albums by Paul Brannigan

February 4, 2015| by Faber Social

Haircuts! Guy-liner! That infamous blood-and-spunk artwork! A fair proportion of Metallica’s always vocal and vociferous fan-base had already made up their minds that the Californian quartet’s controversial sixth album was …

Recipes from The MEATliquor Chronicles

November 4, 2014| by Faber Social

There are many ways to cook a burger, to mix a drink, to serve some fries. Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins, the men behind #MEATEASY, MEATliquor and MEATmission, share their …

Limited Edition of Stanley Donwood’s Humor

September 15, 2014| by Faber Social

There was disaster coming; that was blindingly obvious. Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. I couldn’t believe that I …

The MEATliquor Chronicles Playlist

September 5, 2014| by Faber Social

MEAT TRANSMISSION RADIO RULES: NO COLDPLAY | NO BEATLES NO CELINE DION | NO MORRISSEY NO BIEBER | NO ENYA NO SHIRTCOCKING | NO HIPPIES NO BONGOS | NO SPORTS …

Future Days Krautrock Playlist

July 21, 2014| by Faber Social

Here’s a Spotify list as an appetite-whetter for my book Future Days: Krautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany. There are one or two notable omissions – Ash Ra Tempel …

Some Kind of Monster

June 18, 2014| by Faber Social

Metallica: bear-hunting, gun-toting, out-of-time, evil, sacred-festival-impostors, or one of the most thrilling and unpredictable rock bands ever, the Led Zeppelin of our time? To help you decide, and ahead of …

Viv Albertine on Film

June 3, 2014| by Faber Social

In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the …

Clothes Music Boys On Camera

May 28, 2014| by Faber Social

From Lauren Laverne on instagram to our friends at Tatty Devine on twitter, we’ve loved seeing fan photos of Viv Albertine’s Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. …

The Final Transmission by Andrew Weatherall

April 11, 2014| by Faber Social

Andrew Weatherall’s final mixtape as the Faber Social Artist in Residence. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141530392″ params=”color=ff9900&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Featuring… 1. Suite of Culto Solar – Luis Perez 2. Life Child …

‘Is man no more than this?’ Ben Marcus on the ‘blasted heath’

April 7, 2014| by Faber Social

In a lucid essay published eight years ago in Harpers Magazine, Ben Marcus refers to his literary forbear, the legendary Austrian misanthrope, Thomas Bernhard as ‘an architect of consciousness, rather …

Irmin Schmidt on the CAN Biography

March 31, 2014| by Faber Social

Every morning Hildegard wakes up with the sentence: ‘I have an idea!’ Exhausting. In the morning I only want to the listen to the emptiness of my head and stare …

Artist in Residence Handover

March 28, 2014| by Faber Social

Next weekend at House of St Barnabus in Soho we will celebrate Andrew Weatherall’s year as our inaugural Artist in Residence with an afternoon and evening of literary conversation and …

The Deep Hum (at the Heart of It All)

March 23, 2014| by Faber Social

Michael Smith was not an attendee of R. D. Laing’s ‘Anti-University of London’, situated in Hoxton’s Rivington Street in 1968. He did not buy Post-New Romantic kecks from Willie Brown’s …

Matt Thorne on 3RDEYEGIRL

March 5, 2014| by Faber Social

Prince isn’t the first musician to turn to hard rock as a form of renewal—Bob Dylan did it when we went on tour with the Heartbreakers, Neil Young when he …

Andrew Weatherall’s Mixtape

February 25, 2014| by Faber Social

To get us in the mood for his Faber Social at the House of St Barnabus on the 29th March, Andrew Weatherall has put together a glorious mixtape entitled STONE …

In the Summer of 1966… JP Bean on Alex Campbell

February 4, 2014| by Faber Social

Some nights stick in my memory. A Saturday evening in the summer of 1966, walking into the Three Cranes pub in Sheffield. I turned and saw a taxi draw up …

Cultural Highlights: 2013

December 20, 2013| by Faber Social

2013 is drawing to a close and what a year it’s been. We’ve asked some of our authors, staff and friends to give us a rundown of their cultural highlights …

Bob Stanley’s Christmas Quiz

December 12, 2013| by Faber Social

This year Bob Stanley brought us the audacious and addictive Yeah Yeah Yeah. Telling the story of the modern pop era: the era of vinyl, the Top 40, the NME, …

Birth School Metallica Death

November 22, 2013| by Faber Social

On 07.11.13 buskers played Metallica at tube stations across London to celebrate the publication of Birth School Metallica Death, the definitive book on the fastest, heaviest band on the planet. …

DBC Pierre, Michael Smith and Andrew Weatherall

October 30, 2013| by Faber Social

Faber & Faber publish new books by DBC Pierre and Michael Smith as special editions, fusing literary talent with art, film – and music from DJ Andrew Weatherall. With a …

Bob Stanley Reviews Morrissey

October 28, 2013| by Faber Social

The first third of Autobiography is finely honed and lyrical, with Manchester’s red brick walls the constant backdrop. It will remind everyone, and not in a nostalgic way, why they …

Bob Stanley’s Pop Playlist

October 9, 2013| by Faber Social

Bob Stanley’s Yeah Yeah Yeah tells the chronological story of the modern pop era, from its beginnings in the fifties with the dawn of the charts, vinyl, and the music …

Faber to publish Original Rockers by Richard King

September 25, 2013| by Faber Social

In Autumn 2015, Faber will publish Original Rockers: A Meditation on the Disappearing Landscape of Record Shops, a new book by author Richard King. Richard King has worked at the …

So Farr So Good

September 24, 2013| by Faber Social

A few weeks ago I attended Farr Festival – a small dance-music event in the middle of a forest in Hertfordshire. It started a few years back as a private …

David Peace In Pictures

September 16, 2013| by Faber Social

Red or Dead is the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly, perhaps the first truly great football manager of the modern age. And the story …

Talking Shop with Cope, Collins and Cale at Green Man 2013

August 23, 2013| by Faber Social

There’s a beautiful festival in Wales called Green Man. It’s a decent sized festival for a man of my age. No major queues for the Real Ale and the Goan …

Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley to tell the story of modern pop on tour with special guests

August 12, 2013| by Faber Social

Faber Social is proud to present a national tour of one-off events to mark the publication of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley. Throughout October, …

Red or Dead by David Peace – An Extract

August 9, 2013| by Faber Social

Ahead of our event with David Peace at the Lexington on Wednesday 21st August, watch this trailer of Red or Dead, his new novel about the rise of Liverpool Football …

Embrace the Fuck Buttons

August 9, 2013| by Faber Social

Back in the Summer of 2010 I bored people stiff with my, as I then thought, uniquely inspired vision that Olympians by Fuck Buttons should be the ‘theme’ of the …

Between Auster and Berryman…

July 16, 2013| by Faber Social

Last Tuesday, after a busy week of shows in Paris and London – including a unique performance of Song Reader with an All-Star Cast* at the Barbican – Beck visited …

We’re Making Our Own Entertainment: An exclusive new poem by Luke Wright

July 10, 2013| by Faber Social

Kick the slanket, fling the flicker telly’s bile makes you bitter paper, scissors, pens and glitter we’re making our own entertainment. Don’t become a connoisseur of crappy culture’s drip-fed bleurgh …

Energy Flash

June 10, 2013| by Faber Social

This month, Faber publishes a new edition of Simon Reynolds’s classic history of rave music and dance culture, Energy Flash, containing a substantial new section on developments such as dubstep …

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of a Vinyl Record Freak: Part 3

June 4, 2013| by Faber Social

England, Vienna, Scotland In the third of four instalments, MD of Document Records Gary Atkinson describes the scales falling from his eyes and his introduction to the Document back catalogue …

Stoned Love

June 4, 2013| by Faber Social

The first warehouse party in Manchester was in 1985. The Stone Roses headlined. Over a quarter of a century on, and the great and good of Manchester and the world’s …

New Order in 1983

June 3, 2013| by Faber Social

In the Summer of ’83 I went to the USA to cover New Order’s first headline tour. It involved: missed flights; melonball cocktails; Hooky missing the beginning of the DC …

Win a Signed Copy of Primal Scream’s More Light

May 31, 2013| by Faber Social

We have four signed copies of Primal Scream’s new album More Light (read Lee Brackstone’s review here) to be won. Just answer the question below and send us your answer …

Screamadelica, XTRMNTR, More Light: Excess, Distress, Protest

May 31, 2013| by Faber Social

The past twelve months have seen the return in live and studio form of three bands who, two decades ago, wrote the last chapter in the story of innovation in …

Of Soldiering and Rugby: Literature Reminds Us That We Are More Alike Than Not

May 30, 2013| by Faber Social

At first glance my two events at this year’s Hay festival might appear to be particularly disparate – a verse drama and a non-fiction sports book; Afghanistan and Wales; the …

Beware of Mr Baker

May 24, 2013| by Faber Social

Last night I went to see Jay Bulger’s documentary film about the rock ‘n’ roll legend, Ginger Baker. It is an instant classic, and will surely end up sitting on …

Music’s Not For Everyone – Weatherall’s Mix Tape

May 1, 2013| by Faber Social

I have been an admirer of the work of Ian F. Svenonius ever since meeting him and his first band, The Nation Of Ulysses *, in a Memphis recording studio …

Andrew Weatherall in the Archive (Part 2)

April 25, 2013| by Faber Social

In this second interview with our Artist-in-Residence, Andrew Weatherall talks in the Archive about ‘the slightly sleazy, fruity side of Sir John Betjeman’. This is the second in our series …

Kim Fowley, Lord of Garbage

April 25, 2013| by Faber Social

Kim Fowley once looked into the eyes of my muse and wife to be, Lady Elizabeth Jane Walker, pointed to me and offered up a prediction. ‘You will bear that …

Napoleon Crossing the Rhine

April 19, 2013| by Faber Social

Earlier this week, Faber announced that Jarvis Cocker, our Editor-at-Large, had acquired a history of British folk clubs from the 1950s to the present day, Singing from the Floor by …

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of a Vinyl Record Freak: Part 2

April 18, 2013| by Faber Social

The Rise In this, the second of four instalments, Gary Atkinson, MD of Document Records, tells us how his vinyl addiction really took hold. The first albums that I bought …

Introducing Peter Leonard’s Harry Levin

April 16, 2013| by Faber Social

The opening scene tells you everything you need to know about Harry Levin. In three terse pages Peter Leonard sets his protagonist up for the remarkable two-hander that is Voices …

The Rhythm of Prose and the Rhythm of Music

April 15, 2013| by Faber Social

Hans Christian Andersen said, ‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ Gustav Mahler said, ‘If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to …

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of a Vinyl Record Freak: Part 1

April 10, 2013| by Faber Social

Warmth and catching the record-collecting bug. In this, the first of four instalments, Gary Atkinson (above left, with Jack White), the MD of Document Records, tells us how he caught …

The Chairman in Lino

April 10, 2013| by Faber Social

As his tenure as Artist in Residence hits full steam, Andrew Weatherall has produced this striking  ‘Self Portrait’ Linocut. Watch the first of our series of interviews with Andrew Weatherall …

MEATliquor Needs YOU

April 9, 2013| by Faber Social

Faber Social is thrilled to announce it will be publishing The MEATliquor Chronicles: Chapter and Verse by Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins on 7 November 2013.  But it can’t do …

What is Faber Social?

April 6, 2013| by Faber Social

‘An actual place, not a virtual space. A place of music and a place of words. And a place of people. At last. A community, a society…’ David Peace ‘Ridicule …

Andrew Weatherall in the Archive

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

In the first of a series of interviews in the Faber archive, Andrew Weatherall talks about creativity and his latest project The Asphodells. Read Andrew Weatherall’s short story about being …

Andrew Weatherall is Our Inaugural Artist in Residence

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

Faber Social is thrilled to announce celebrated DJ, producer, collaborator and bastion of the underground Andrew Weatherall as its inaugural Artist in Residence. Faber Social, the publishing and events initiative …

The Strange Death and Life of English Folk Song

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

If video killed the radio star, then shellac was implicated in the long lingering death of folk song. But, in a bizarre twist of fate, just as folk song finally …

Illustration by Owen Davey

Capturing the Essence of Sylvia Plath in Song Lyrics

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

‘I’d never really explored Sylvia Plath’s work until a few years ago when I read her poem “Wuthering Heights”. I was completely floored by the desolate yet eerily beautiful imagery …

Are We Nearly There Yet?

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

Laura Bates of The Everyday Sexism Project reflects on how the battle against sexism is far from won. This month, on International Women’s Day, media commentators, television panels and radio …

The Analogue Music-Lover’s Ultimate Fetish: Vinyl

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

‘April is the cruellest month’, a one-time Faber poet and publisher said in the distant past. So on an unseasonably cold and unforgiving evening, with Spring yet to awaken, we …

Tom Benn on Influence, Inspiration and Writing Manchester

April 5, 2013| by Faber Social

Red Harvest was my first Dashiell Hammett. The murder of a corrupt town’s sole civic reformer (‘a lousy liberal’), who also happens to be the son of its compromised and …

First and Last and Always

March 26, 2013| by Faber Social

Some things you can never escape, hard as you might try. Many of you remain in denial and some of you will never accept the brutal reality of your vinyl …

‘Ruled by Passion, Destroyed by Lust’: The Asphodells

March 20, 2013| by Faber Social

Last Spring, Andrew Weatherall released the aptly-named Masterpiece, a 3CD, near-to-five-hour mix of such range and addictive gungo-ho turntable joy it rekindled the dormant house music fanatic in me. It …

Mick Jackson on Reading Fiction for Vinyl

March 20, 2013| by Faber Social

From my early teens right through to my late thirties I spent an unholy amount of money on records, lugging them with me from one end of the country to …

James Fearnley’s Top 5

March 9, 2013| by Faber Social

James Fearnley, founding member and accordion player in The Pogues, dives into his vast record collection and whittles them down to select his top 5 records for us. Astral Weeks …

Powered by Readers: Acquiring Books with And Other Stories

February 28, 2013| by Faber Social

It is said that about 10,000 hours of experience are required to become skilled in a job, for example to be a good musician or carpenter, say. And what about …

Patricio Pron on Translation

February 27, 2013| by Faber Social

Although we sometimes think of translators as unwitting betrayers of the texts and authors they translate, the concept of betrayal has no place in fiction, or, better said, there is …

Messing About in Boats: Writers & Rivers

February 4, 2013| by Faber Social

‘I grew convinced that following water, flowing with it, would be a way of getting under the skin of things, of learning something new.’ Roger Deakin From Siddhartha to One Hundred Years of …

In the Name of the River

February 4, 2013| by Faber Social

Since men first emerged from the water, they have written psalms in praise of the river. Old Man River. The River of Jordan. The Rivers of Babylon. Moon River. Shenandoah …

Chalk-Stream Charter Chalk-Stream Action

January 31, 2013| by Faber Social

Slowly we are waking up to the fact that we have in southern England an almost unique eco-system comparable for its natural wonder with any on Earth, and to the …

Insider vs. Outsider Art

January 28, 2013| by Faber Social

Ben Street is an art historian, lecturer, museum educator, writer and curator. He is the co-director of the Sluice Art Fair, writes regular pieces on contemporary art for Art Review, and has written numerous …

Pubs, Fuffs and Hangovers

January 21, 2013| by Faber Social

‘This room smells of fuffs!’ my dad would say. ‘Fuffs’ was the family word we had for ‘farts’. Of a Saturday morning, he strode across the room I had when …

The Can House

January 17, 2013| by Faber Social

From the first moment I saw the long, unedited rushes of The Can House, the idea intrigued me – a Hansel & Gretel-style gingerbread cottage that sprouted on a Hartlepool …