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Shaun Ryder ‘Wrote for Luck’

January 24, 2019 | by Dan Papps


Faber is proud to announce Wrote For Luck, a collection of lyrics by the man the late, great Tony Wilson famously declared was “on a par with W.B Yeats.”

In the mid-1980s the Happy Mondays emerged as the prime mischief-makers on the Madchester scene. Chief protagonist was Shaun Ryder, a man whose lyrical street swagger in songs like ‘Kinky Afro’, ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘Performance’, would come to define a generation.

Here, collected and edited for the first time, are thirty of his unforgettable songs, with commentary from Shaun himself.

Wrote For Luck is the next instalment of the popular selected lyric collections from Faber, which has previously included Jarvis Cocker, Kate Bush, Scott Walker, Van Morrison and Billy Bragg.

Wrote For Luck is published on 3 March. Pre-order from Faber here. 

Shaun Ryder is from Salford, Greater Manchester, where in 1980 he formed Happy Mondays. The band signed to Factory Records and their releases included the two classic albums ‘Bummed’ in 1988 followed by ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in 1990. Later Shaun started Black Grape releasing the album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’. Following his achievements with both bands he received the ‘Godlike Genius Award’ from NME in 2000. In 2011 he wrote his critically acclaimed autobiography Twisting My Melon. Shaun continues to tour and record with both Happy Mondays and Black Grape.