Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

In June we bring you something very special to Faber Social. A night of brand new, exclusive material.

We’ll be announcing more names in the coming weeks, but we begin with three incredible writers; Edna O’Brien, Viv Albertine and Harry Parker.

Edna O’Brien, one of the greatest Irish writers of any generation, returns next year with The Little Red Chairs, her first novel in over ten years.

Following the huge success of her memoir, Clothes, Music, Boys in 2014, Viv Albertine returns next year with an as yet untitled follow up.

Anatomy of a Soldier, the debut novel by Harry Parker, is due for publication in 2016. It’s causing a stir worldwide throughout the publishing industry and this will be Harry’s first appearance at Faber Social.

Date: May 11 2015
Location: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD
Time: 19:00 Doors, 19:30 Programme Starts

Eventbrite - Faber Social presents Work In Progress

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What better way to celebrate June than a new revised edition of arguably the greatest book ever written about rock ‘n’ roll, Mystery Train, published on June 4.

Mystery Train - MediumGreil Marcus’s study of American rock and roll is universally acclaimed as the benchmark work of modern rock criticism. Using a handful of artists – a brace of bluesmen, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley – Marcus illuminates and interprets the American Dream in rigorous prose touching on the myth, landscape and oral tradition of the continent. This comprehensive, revised edition of a milestone achievement in the effort to establish rock and roll as a fit subject for serious cultural criticism, includes a new preface by the author.

Here are some quotes including one from THE BOSS!

‘Probably the most astute critic of American popular culture since Edmund Wilson’London Review of Books

‘Perhaps the finest book ever written about pop music’ – The New Yorker

‘Probably the best book ever written about rock’Rolling Stone

‘Gets as close to the heart and soul of America and American music as the best rock ‘n’ roll’Bruce Springsteen

‘The 1975 appearance of Greil Marcus’s first book, Mystery Train, was an explosion as unexpected and indelible as the first records Elvis Presley cut exactly twenty years before’Mark Rozzo, LA Times

To pre-order your copy click here.

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 of Viv Albertine, which was awarded both Rough Trade Book of the Year and Sunday Times Music Book of the Year.

We’re thrilled to announce that Faber has acquired UK Commonwealth rights in a new book by Viv. This new work of non fiction will be published in summer 2016.

Viv Albertine’s brilliant new book picks up where the memoir finished with Viv’s life today, and explores her thoughts on the subjects that have in many ways defined her life: art, fashion, sex, feminism, and the journey from youth into middle age.

Lee Brackstone, Creative Director of Faber Social and Viv’s editor says: ‘Publication of Clothes Music Boys was another milestone in the development of the Faber Social list and its success has created a landscape for Viv that she is keen to navigate in her own inimitably fearless fashion. This book is less memoir and more window on the world as Viv sees it today. Every fan of Clothes Music Boys is in for a treat.’


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We’re very excited to announce a new Faber Social publication arriving on September 2 2015.

From Rob Chapman, acclaimed author of Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head, comes Psychedelia and Other Colours, a seminal book on Psychedelia, that explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD.

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From the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco even before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. Rob Chapman documents an entirely different history, and one that has never been told before. It has its roots in fairy tales and fairgrounds, the music hall and the dead of Flanders fields, in the Festival of Britain and that peculiarly British strand of surrealism that culminated in the Magical Mystery Tour.

Sitars and Sergeant Pepper, surfadelica and the Soft Machine, light shows and love-ins – the mind-expanding effects of acid were to redefine popular culture as we know it. Psychedelia and Other Colours documents these utopian reverberations – and the dark side of their moon – in a perfect portrait.

Rob Chapman is currently the holder of a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of Lancaster. He was for a long time a regular contributor to Mojo magazine and has also written for The Times, Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Uncut, Word and the dance music fanzine Jockey Slut. He is the author of Selling the Sixties: The Pirates and Pop Music Radio (1992), The Vinyl Junkyard (1996) and the acclaimed biography Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (2010). His novel Dusk Music was published in 2008. He has compiled and written sleevenotes for CD reissues by artists as varied as The Last Poets and John Fahey, as well as numerous psychedelia and loungecore compilations. He lives in Todmorden, Lancashire.

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Original Rockers by Richard King is published today, and we’re happy to announce that it’s Rough Trade’s Book of the Month.

‘A highly personal memoir that vividly articulates the sheer thrill of musical discovery , the new or previously unheard record that attaches itself to a moment in your life, from which it becomes inseparable’Uncut 8/10

We’re celebrating the publication of Original Rockers at Faber Social in London on May 11.

The night features:

‘Mwng’ by Super Furry Animals (Playback on Bowers and Wilkins ‘Proper Sound’ System),
Gruff Rhys (In Conversation),
Richard King (In Conversation / DJ Set),
Jane Weaver (DJ Set),
Pete Paphides.

Date: May 11 2015

Location: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD

Time: 17:00 Playback Loop Upstairs, 19:00 Doors (Downstairs), 19:30 Programme Starts 

Eventbrite - Faber Social presents Original Rockers