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We’re hugely excited to announce that Jon Savage is off around the country in November in support of his hugely anticipated new book 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded, published on November 19th.

November 13 – 14 – Various Times
London, The Barbican
‘1966 Film Season’ including screening of Mondo Hollywood w/ ScreenTalk with Jon Savage
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November 15 – 14:00pm
Manchester, Louder Than Words Festival
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November 19 – 18:30pm
London, Rough Trade East
OFFICIAL LONDON LAUNCH presented with Ace Records
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November 21 – 18:00pm
Bristol, Rise Records
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November 22 – 15:00pm
Nottingham, Rough Trade
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Faber Social are proud to present a 1966 Film Season at the Barbican.

Jon Savage will be discussing his new book ‘1966: The Year the Decade Exploded‘ as he takes us through a seminal year in pop culture history.

The Velvet Underground and Nico – A Symphony of Sound

Not only is the film a document of one of the most influential bands of the 60’s, it also captures the atmosphere of the Factory at the time and it features many of the many of the studio’s regulars including Tosh Carillo, Larry Latrae,Gerard Malanga, J.D. McDermott, Ondine, Jacques Potin and Edie Sedgwick.

Friday 13th November


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Mondo Hollywood and Screen Talk with Jon Savage

This cult classic documentary has gone on to influence more recent films such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and remains a fascinating testament of individuals in the L.A. area in the 60’s.

Friday 13th November


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Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965

Capturing the Stones during their first throws of success, this film is a key document of the band before they became a phenomenon.

Saturday 14th November


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Faber Social is pleased to announce that Billy Bragg will be going on tour with his new book ‘A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics’

Saturday 21st November – London

Rough Trade East – 7pm

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Wednesday 25th November – Manchester

Waterstones Deansgate – 7:30pm

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Thursday 26th November – Edinburgh

Word Power Books – 6:30pm

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Faber Social and Book Weeks Scotland presents ‘For the Record’, a night of storytelling, performance and the secrets of the Scottish music scene with Fence Records and Fife’s finest, James Yorkston, Richard King, the acclaimed writer of ‘Original Rockers’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’ and music journalist and radio DJ, Vic Galloway.

Richard and James will kick things off, the trio will then be talking about the history and legacy of Fence Records and James will finish the evening with a solo set.’

27th November 2015

Summerhall Cafe Gallery – 7:30pm

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‘Singer Ali Eskandarian was gunned down in New York last year with members of punk band The Yellow Dogs. He had just written Golden Years, an On-the-Road style novel that’s now being hailed as a cult classic’ – The Guardian

Faber & Faber are proud to announce the publication of a fictional document from a life tragically cut short. ‘Golden Years’ is a story of youth, hope, disintegration and regeneration. It is quite possibly the first Great Iranian American Novel.

In November 2013, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ali Eskandarian was murdered alongside two members of the Yellow Dog. In the months leading up to this terrible event,  Ali had been in correspondence with Oscar van Gelderen, publisher at Lebowski in Holland, about his semi-autobiographical novel. Golden years is that book.

Set in the first decade of twenty-first-century New York, Tehran and Dallas, Golden Years is a novel perfumed with excess and spirited decadence. It tlls the story of a group of Iranian musicians in their twenties and our narrator, in his thirties, who is in thrall to the great American beats and has visions of Ancient Assyrian Futurism. Hungry and poor, high and hopping from bed to bed, and lover to lover, the characters in Golden Years are romantic exiles living with rock’n’roll as their religion.

Ali Eskadarian was a singer, songwriter, and novelist. He was born in 1978 and died 2013.

‘Golden Years’ is published 7th January 2016. Pre Order details coming soon.

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Today we’re very excited to publish ‘Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain‘ by David Cavanagh.

We think it’s wonderful! Don’t believe us?

“Good Night and Good Riddance is a bravura work of close listening, scholarship and writing.”The Observer

‘A fabulously readable and deeply rewarding book: a musical travelogue, a cultural history of Britain, a radio diary, even a personal drama…Good Night and Good Riddance is like reuniting with a old friend, and realising you miss them more than ever’ 5*****, Mojo

‘Peel fans will enjoy the concise and well-crafted opening biography, but they’ll absolutely adore the main body of the book, which is a year-by-year account of scores of Peel shows, featuring parts of the playlists, a résumé of the historical context and detailed notes on the musical relevance of that particular show.’ The Telegraph

Good Night and Good Riddance is a brilliant tribute to someone you probably owe at least half your record collection to” 9/10, Uncut

‘Explaining in lovingly crafted prose just exactly how Peel charted and mapped the tastes of at least two generations (possibly three) of music lovers. This book isn’t just diverting, it’s essential’ – GQ, Dylan Jones

‘An amazing hybrid of social histroy and easy to dip into facts. Peel would be proud’ – 4*, Classic Pop

Good Night And Good Riddance is a leisurely, amusing, at times bitty, often discursive, sometimes partial but always hugely entertaining ramble through Peel’s broadcast history.’ – Scottish Herald

‘Exhaustive and often fascinating. As a series of snapshots it’s a great way to chart the restless invention that has characterised English pop music – it even works as a potted history of the country itself. In many ways it’s a more revealing portrait of Peel than his incomplete autobiography – what better way to describe the man than through the records that made him? – The Ransom Note

Click here to pick up your copy today