Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

April 2015 saw the publication of Original Rockers by Richard King, and today, for your listening pleasure we bring you a perfect playlist curated by King himself. Featuring 20 songs on an adventurous 1 hour playlist, the soundcloud mix is available to all.

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. 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.

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Side A

Holger Czukay & Rolf Dammers – Boat-Woman-Song (Spoon)
The Revolutionaries – Kunta Kinte Version One (Channel One)
Can – Chain Reaction (United Artists)
Sun Ra – I’ll Wait For You (Y)
Augustus Pablo – Stop Them Jah (Rockers International)
Keith Hudson – Fight Your Revolution (Atra)
Gregory Isaacs & U Brown – The Border (GG’s)
New Age Steppers – Some Love (On-U Sound)
Dilliger, Trinity, Wayne Wade, Al Campbell & Junior Tamlin – Five Man Army (Oak Sound)

Side B

Sly & Robbie – Back To Base (Island)
Warp 9 – Light Years Away Dub Version (Prism)
Larry Levan – Padlock (Island)
Forrrce – Keep On Dubbin’ (West End)
Maximum Joy – Why Can’t We Live Together? (Garage)
The Russell Brothers – The Party Scene Instrumental (Portrait)
C.O.D. – In The Bottle (Streetwave)
Morgan / McVey featuring Neneh Cherry – Looking Good Diving With The Wild Bunch (white label)
Massive Attack featuring Daddy G & Carlton – Any Love (Massive Attack)
Smith & Mighty – Anyone Bell Mix (Three Stripe)
Keith Tippett – Song (RCA)


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‘A fantastic, exhaustive history of the genre: comprehensive but gripping, packed with eye-opening period detail and with a brilliant analysis of everything from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to the oeuvre of the Crocheted Doughnut Ring.’ — Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Join our friends at Rough Trade East to celebrate the publication of Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman. on Thursday the 27th of August at 7:00pm.

Chapman’s seminal new study of psychedelia explores, in crystalline detail, the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD.

The live event at Rough Trade East will feature author, Rob Chapman, in conversation with DJ, producer, remixer and Acid House pioneer, Andrew Weatherall.

Accompanying us throughout this celebration will be DJ Justin Roberston, digging deep into the recesses of his collection to play some tunes.

Playing live after the Q&A will be Magnetic Mind. Taking inspiration from psychedelic pop, folk-rock, and B-movies from the 1960s and 70s, the Magnetic Mind’s harmony-laden sound has drawn comparisons with the likes of the Association, Shocking Blue, and Jefferson Airplane.

A purchase of the book (either online or in-store) gives you two wristbands for free entry.

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Where: Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
When: Thursday 27th of August, 7:00pm
Tickets: Buy the book in-store and get 2 wristbands for free entry

Psychedelia and Other Colours Launch Party at Rough Trade East


The wait is finally over. We’re excited to announce the new book from one of the giants of music writing, Jon Savage.

It was the year that marked a sea change in global pop cultural history. In 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded, Jon Savage has written the definitive exploration of the highs, lows and revolutionary moments of this unique and resonant time.

Throughout America, London, Amsterdam and Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late ’50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics -– often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature – the ‘Sixties’ as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, drugs, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. It was the year in which the everlasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.

Whilst exploring seminal artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, Dusty Springfield and The Kinks, the book examines the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival sources. Jon Savage’s 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future.

1966: The Year The Decade Exploded is published on November 19 in hardback (£20) and ebook (£12.99). Pre-order details coming soon.