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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 …

Exemplars of Regional Madmanism: The First Ten

March 2, 2017| by Faber Social

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 …

This Is Memorial Device by David Keenan

September 13, 2016| by Faber Social

We’re proud to announce This Is Memorial Device, a major new work of fiction coming from Faber Social on February 2nd 2017. This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David …

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  …

‘Golden Years’ by Ali Eskandarian

October 8, 2015| by Faber Social

‘Singer Ali Eskandarian was gunned down in New York last year with members of punk band The Yellow Dogs. He had just written Golden Years, an On-the-Road style novel that’s …

New book from Viv Albertine coming summer 2016

April 15, 2015| by Faber Social

2014 was an incredible year for us here at Faber Social, not least due to the sensational success of Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys, the memoir …

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. …

Wise words from Viv Albertine

November 18, 2013| by Faber Social

You know that thing you’ve been dying to get off your chest? Well, now is the time to share it! Faber & Faber have teamed up with Tatty Devine to …