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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — Roald Dahl

In July, Faber Social, in association with our friends at English PEN, bring you a night of secrets.

Weaving a tapestry of astounding talent who will each explore the theme of secrets in their own way.

We will be joined by Sadie Jones, Ben Markovits, Max Porter, Polly Samson, Jack Underwood and Emma Jane Unsworth.

Date: July 27 2015
Location: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD
Time: 19:00 Doors, 19:30 Programme Starts

Eventbrite - Faber Social and English PEN Presents Secrets

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He was the man who Jack White called ‘The most important DJ ever’. Elvis Costello described him as ‘a great man, a fabulous curmudgeon, he was as rare as the music he loved’. He was John Peel, and on October 1 2015 the publisher that brought you Clothes, Music, Boys, Girl In A Band and Yeah Yeah Yeah comes the man that brought you Nirvana, PJ Harvey and The Smiths.

Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain by David Cavanagh is a social history, a diary of a nation’s changing culture, and an in-depth appraisal of one of our greatest broadcasters, a man who can legitimately be called the most influential figure in post-war British popular music.

Without the support of John Peel, it’s unlikely that innumerable artists – from David Bowie to Dizzee Rascal, Hawkwind to Happy Mondays – would have received national radio exposure. But Peel’s influence goes much deeper than this. Whether he was championing punk, reggae, jungle or grime, he had a unique relationship with his audience that was part taste-maker, part trusted friend.

The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel’s broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts. Peel comes alive for the reader, as do the key developments that kept him at the cutting edge – the changes in his tastes; the changes in his thinking. Just like a Peel show, Goodnight and Good Riddance is warm, informative and insightful, and wears its enthusiasm proudly.

David Cavanagh was a feature writer for Select and Q, and is the author of the acclaimed history of Creation Records My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize.

We will be announcing pre-order details and some exciting events around publication shortly, so keep an eye out. In the meantime here’s another of the Faber Social family, Viv Albertine, in session for John Peel with The Slits in 1977. Take it away Viv…

As announced last week Beck will be joining the line-up of Doug Aitken’s incredible Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican to play a one-off show joined by special guests including Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Simon Armitage, Paul Farley, Jemima Foxtrot, Lavinia Greenlaw, Don Paterson, Sam Riviere and Luke Wright – set to a backdrop of video projections by Doug Aitken. The event is produced by the Barbican in association with Faber Social, and takes place on Monday 29 June at 8pm in the main Barbican Hall.

The event SOLD OUT within hours, but we have tickets to win!

Please enter your details below to be added to the Faber Social mailing list by 12:00pm on Friday 26 June, and we will select two lucky winners later that afternoon who will win a pair of tickets each.

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There will be two first prize winners, who will win 2 x tickets each to the Beck: Word Reader concert.

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We’re pleased to announce that Beck will be joining the line-up of Doug Aitken’s incredible Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican. The event is produced by the Barbican in association with Faber Social.

Beck : Word Reader
Monday 29 June 2015 / Barbican Hall, 8pm
Ticket prices: £15 – 22.50

Tickets go on sale to Barbican members this morning, and general sale on Saturday June 20 at 10am. Click here for tickets.

Beck renews his creative relationship with LA multimedia artist Doug Aitken to create a one-off performance for Station To Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican.

Joined by special guests including Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), the ensemble led by Beck will weave intricate music with readings by Simon Armitage, Paul Farley, Jemima Foxtrot, Lavinia Greenlaw, Don Paterson, Sam Riviere and Luke Wright – set to a backdrop of video projections by Doug Aitken.

In 2013, Beck took part in the first instalment of Aitken’s Station to Station, which crossed North America by train from the Atlantic to the Pacific over 24 days creating a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration through a series of events in major cities and off-the-grid locations. On the occasion, he created electrifying performances with a full gospel choir, presenting them at two happenings in Barstow and Los Angeles. That same year, the Barbican brought Beck’s Song Reader – an album released only in sheet music form – to life with a one-off cast of guest singers and musicians.

This special collaboration coincides with the release of Beck’s new single ‘Dreams’, described as ‘soaring…the highlight of your summer before it’s even started’ (The Line of Best Fit) and ‘a sunshine laden psych-pop banger’ (Clash).

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