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Assassinated Beauty Limited Edition

In the early nineties, a group of fiercely political young men from the Welsh valleys exploded onto a British music scene. It was the legendary photographer Kevin Cummins who captured James, Sean, Richey and Nicky in their most uncompromising, glam-fixated early years. Assassinated Beauty is a unique record of a band on a mission to reclaim rock ‘n roll through literature, image and thrilling guitar pop, which Faber Social is incredibly proud to publish in limited edition format. 100 copies are available to buy at £250 on the Faber & Faber website.

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Spec details
– 192pp as per standard edition, plus tipped-in signed numbered limitation page
– Book to be full-bound in dark grey cloth, large debossed area on front panel containing duotone printed image of Richie on art paper, title blocked on front and spine in white foil
– Head & Tail bands, gold endpapers
– Book signed by Kevin Cummins and the Manic Street Preachers
– Package will contain exclusive high-quality print, signed by Kevin Cummins, numbered
– Printed paper-covered slipcase (leopard skin pattern), supermatt lamination and white foil blocking
– Brown paper wrapped and numbered label

Click here to buy direct from the Faber & Faber website.

Faber Social are excited to announce that in support of her highly anticipated memoir Girl In A Band (published by Faber on February 24 2015), Kim Gordon will be in the UK for two rare in conversation events in London and Manchester.

March 17 2015 – London
Faber Social and Rockfeedback Present
Kim Gordon in conversation with Miranda Sawyer plus signing
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
On sale 9.00am – Friday 12 December
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March 18 2015 – Manchester
Faber Social and Dave Haslam Present
Kim Gordon in conversation with Dave Haslam plus signing
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Bridgeford Street (off Oxford Road), Manchester, M13 9PL
On sale 10.00am – Wednesday 17 December
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On February 3 2015 Faber Social & The Royal Society of Literature present a special event to celebrate the much-anticipated publication of The Illuminations by award winning author and journalist, Andrew O’Hagan.

Entitled Goodbye To All That: Reflections on War from The Somme to Afghanistan, the event brings together a truly incredible line-up offering different perspectives on war.

Joining Andrew will be the doyenne of Irish literature, Edna O’Brien, Ted Hughes award-winning and Mercury Music Prize nominated poet, spoken word artist and playwright, Kate Tempest and novelist and journalist, Kamila Shamsie.

We also welcome back Margot from Bleep, who will be playing a fitting soundtrack to the evening.

We hope you can join us at what is sure to be thought provoking and memorable evening.

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD

Date: February 3 2015

Time: Doors 19:00. Performance Starts 19:30

Eventbrite - Faber Social and The RSL present 'Goodbye To All That'


To complement publication of So this is Permanence, Ian Curtis’s collected lyrics and notebooks in facsimile form, Faber Social is offering a limited edition print of She’s Lost Control exclusive to customers on the website.The print of the song, written and recorded in 1979, is signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage, editors of the volume of Curtis’s lyrics. The run is limited to 20 copies only and comes in a specially designed presentation envelope. A fantastic gift or purchase for the Joy Division completist, the handwritten lyric taken from one of Ian Curtis’s three surviving notebooks represents the genesis-point of one of the signature tunes in the Joy Division catalogue.

– 20 facsimiles at £125 each, available to buy from the Faber & Faber website here.
– signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage
– exclusive high-quality print reproduction of ‘She’s Lost Control’ lyrics as per notebooks
– 300gsm silk board presentation sleeve

Faber & Faber recommend FRAME London for all of your framing needs. Visit their website here and their facebook page here.

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Faber & Faber are proud to announce Original Rockers by Richard King, published on April 2 2015.

Richard King’s account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s is destined to become a classic of music writing. We live in an age when the most beautiful of recording formats, vinyl, is back in vogue and thriving. In the early 90s, with the march of the cd and record company disinterest in the format, vinyl was looking like an anachronism. And with its demise came the gradual erosion of a once beautiful and unique landscape known as the independent record shop.

Richard King, author of How Soon is Now, blends memoir and elegiac music writing on the likes of Captain Beefheart, CAN, Julian Cope, roots reggae, British improv, Massive Attack and their antecedents to create a book that recalls the debauched glory days of the independent record shop. Chaotic, amateurish and extravagantly dysfunctional, this is a book full of rare personalities and rum stories. It is a book about landscape, place and the personal; the first piece of writing to treat the environment of the record shop as a natural resource with its own peculiar rhythms and anecdotal histories.

Richard King was born in Newport, Gwent. He has worked at the heart of the independent music industry for nearly twenty years. His first book, How Soon Is Now, was published by Faber in 2012.  He is also the co-editor of Loops, an occasional journal of long-form music writing published jointly by Faber and Domino Records. He has contributed to the Guardian, the Observer and many other publications. He lives with his family in Powys.