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On October 2 2014 Faber Social will publish Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics by Van Morrison in limited and deluxe editions, alongside the standard hardback and e-book.

Lit Up Inside contains the lyrics of about one third of the songs that Van Morrison has written over his 50 year career. In this representative selection from the work of one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the last century, the reader will find examples of all the features of the world that Van has created through his work: the back streets and mystic avenues; memories of childhood wonder and of adult work; the chime of church bells and the playing of the radio; the generous naming of other artists and the joy of solitude; love and sharp dealing; consolation and grace.

Lit Up Inside has been edited by Morrison with the help of Eammon Hughes who is also contributing an introduction. Ian Rankin will be writing a Foreword.

Details of the deluxe and limited editions are as follows:

Deluxe Edition
ISBN 9780571321988
– 50 copies printed, priced £500 each
– Signed by Van Morrison on the limitation page
– Includes an exclusive print reproduction of hand-written lyrics, signed and numbered by Van Morrison
– Book to be fully-bound in calfskin, with spine blocked in gold foil.
– Comes with head and tail bands, printed endpapers, ribbon marker
– Solander case with fastening, covered in coloured paper and blocked in gold/silver, with book housed on recto side. Signed print housed on verso
– Brown paper-wrapped and numbered label
Buy here

Limited Edition
ISBN 9780571316205
– 250 copies printed, priced £150 each
– Signed by Van Morrison on the limitation page
– Book to be quarter bound in cloth and paper , with spine blocked in black pigment and gold foil
– Comes with head and tail bands, coloured endpapers
– Cloth-covered slipcase
– Brown paper-wrapped and numbered label
Please note that this limited edition is now SOLD OUT.

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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 for one, who aren’t available on Spotify, while early Kraftwerk, too, is sadly un-represented, perhaps in keeping with the group’s wish that we think of them as having began fully-formed with Autobahn. Apologies for that, but no apologies for privileging the ‘Werk, as well as Can, Faust, Neu!, etc, with multiple entries. However, some names may be less familiar – Günther Schickert is worth further investigation, as are early Guru Guru (who at their most extreme make Throbbing Gristle sound like Duran Duran) and the strange partnership that was Anima, who specialised in nudity and homemade instruments. Irmin Schmidt’s “Rapido De Noir”, a piece from 1981 made with Bruno Spoerri I include because it evokes for me the abiding, posthumous qualities of Krautrock – the ghost train riding on into the endless sunset. Meanwhile, a virtual bottle of Scnhapps and stereotypical plate of liverwurst to anyone who can spot the odd track out.

David Stubbs

Join us at the Faber Social, as we celebrate all things KRAUTROCK with our friends The Quietus. Tickets available to buy here.

Faber Social in association with The Quietus present KRAUTROCK

Celebrating the publication of Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany,
of which Simon Reynolds says ‘Future Days does not capture Krautrock so much as unleash it.
At long last, the definitive book on the ultimate music’, we present author David Stubbs in
conversation with Luke Turner (The Quietus).

Earlier in the evening, courtesy of our friends at Spoon Records, we will be screening some
live footage of the ultimate Krautrock band, CAN. The opportunity to see this on the big
screen through a club soundsystem is not to be missed.

To close out the night we welcome Krautrock Karaoke, a rotating cast of unannounced musicians
covering the Krautrock classics. Musicians who have performed previously as part of this ensemble
include Colin Newman (Wire), Tom Furse (The Horrors), Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof) and
Panda (TOY).

Monday 4 August 2014
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JD
Doors 7pm | Tickets £6 in advance / £8 on the door

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