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Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands by Will Carruthers

April 11, 2016 | by Faber Social

Tags: spacemen 3, spiritualized, will curruthers

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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