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I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.

Faber Social are proud to announce Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands by Will Carruthers, published on August 18th. It tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock ‘n’ roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough.

As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby’s finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.

‘I’ve known Will for a number of years…I know the places, people, personalities, music and history very well…and all of this information leads me to believe that this book is one hell of a yarn. In person, Will is a great story teller, and a natural narrator. His perspective is important; it’s sure to piss off a few, but they should be thankful I’m not writing this book…And it’s like my grandma says, ‘It’s better to be pissed off than to be pissed on’. – Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)

Will Carruthers has had a chequered career. Frequently veering from the sublime to the ridiculous and rarely lacking a sense of humour about the whole thing. He has travelled the world performing his “peculiar balancing act between artistic endeavour and hard labour”, often with no safety net. In his early years, he was the bassist for Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and Spectrum, three bands who were among the most influential rock outfits of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Having more recently played with the notorious Brian Jonestown Massacre and with Icelandic band Dead Skeletons, Carruthers finally started to go deaf and has subsequently decided to give loud music a break for a while, although he does perform occasional solo concerts and readings for largely confused audiences. He published a collection of short stories called A Book of Jobs, a book of poetry called A Spoon for the Air and has had work featured in the books One Another by Alisa Resnik (winner of the European Publishers Prize for Photography) and La Part Des Ombres by Chiara Mechtry-Gonet. He lives in Berlin.

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We’re proud to announce Tim Book Two: Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco by Tim Burgess, out on July 21 2016.

‘Tim Burgess is a crusader and vinyl’s epic voyager. He knows why pop’s art, a culture and a cure. Learn and listen. He knows good things’ — Johnny Marr

In 2012, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two – a tale of Tim’s lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them.

In some ways, the biggest events in Tim’s life happened in the couple of years after he had finished writing his first book rather than in the forty years before. So he had more to say, but instead of another autobiography he chose a different way of telling the story. Tim set himself a quest. He would get in touch with people he admired, and ask them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick. It would also offer a chance to see how record shops were faring in the digital age – one in which vinyl was still a much-treasured format.

Tim assembled his cast of characters, from Iggy Pop to Johnny Marr, David Lynch to Cosey Fanni Tutti. Texts, phone calls, emails and handwritten notes went out. Here is the tender, funny and surprising story of what came back.

Alongside the standard and ebook editions we will be producing a signed Special Edition, available to pre-order from April 21st. Register your interest at 

“You can’t feel blue around Tim. He makes you feel happy, not just about music but about life. Even the most cynical of souls (mine) become infected by his gorgeous energy. Plus he gives good vinyl.” — Sharon Horgan

Tim Burgess is a singer, a songwriter and a record label owner, best known as the lead singer of one of the defining bands of the 1990s, The Charlatans. Tim was born in Salford but grew up in a village near Northwich, Cheshire. Leaving school at 16 to work at ICI, his real love was music and soon afterwards he was invited to join new band, The Charlatans. They have gone on to have 3 number 1 albums and 17 top 30 singles. For 12 years, Burgess lived in Los Angeles but now lives back in the UK.