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This Is Memorial Device

David Keenan

This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock.

It follows a cast of misfits, drop-outs, small town visionaries and would-be artists and musicians through a period of time where anything seemed possible, a moment where art and the demands it made were as serious as your life. At its core is the story of Memorial Device, a mythic post-punk group that could have gone all the way were it not for the visionary excess and uncompromising bloody-minded belief that served to confirm them as underground legends.

Written in a series of hallucinatory first-person eye-witness accounts that capture the prosaic madness of the time and place, heady with the magic of youth recalled, This Is Memorial Device combines the formal experimentation of David Foster Wallace at his peak circa Brief Interviews With Hideous Men with moments of delirious psychedelic modernism, laugh out loud bathos, and tender poignancy.

‘Beautifully believable and appallingly sad . . . One of the most acute, affecting and aphoristic novels of recent years . . . A hallucinatory and haunting vision.’  Guardian

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RRP: £14.99

Published: 02/02/2017

ISBN: 9780571330836

Length: 304 pages

Format: Paperback

Mars by 1980

Mars by 1980

David Stubbs

Electronic music is now ubiquitous, from mainstream pop hits to the furthest reaches of the avant-garde. The future, a long time coming, finally arrived. But how did we get here?…

All Things Remembered

Goldie

All Things Remembered is the story of the man born Clifford J. Price -– jungle’s most streetwise ambassador who went on to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace. As one of…

The Secret DJ

The Secret DJ

The Secret DJ

The glamour, the parties, the excess, the highs: and, of course, the lows. The life of an international DJ playing at the most exotic destinations worldwide, in the most precarious…

As Time Goes By - Derek Taylor Book

As Time Goes By

Derek Taylor

Derek Taylor’s iconic memoir is a rare opportunity to be immersed in one of the most whirlwind music sensations in history: Beatlemania. As Time Goes By tells the remarkable story of Taylor’s…

RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Lamont U-God Hawkins

The Wu-Tang Clan is American hip-hop royalty. Rolling Stone called them the ‘best rap group ever’ and their debut album is considered one of the greatest of all time. Since 1992, they…

Art Sex Music Paperback

Art Sex Music

Cosey Fanni Tutti

A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential…

This Is Memorial Device

David Keenan

A TELEGRAPH AND ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE MONTH LRB BOOK OF THE WEEK CAUGHT BY THE RIVER BOOK OF THE MONTH…

Richard King, How Soon is Now?

How Soon is Now?

Richard King

‘If you look at all the people involved – Ivo, Tony Wilson, McGee, Geoff Travis, myself – nobody had a clue about running a record company, and that was the…

Goldie, All Things Remembered

All Things Remembered

Goldie

Who better to tell the story of the gentrification of a musical genre than the man who started out as Jungle’s most streetwise ambassador and went on to collect an…

Peggy Seegar, First Time Ever

First Time Ever

Peggy Seegar

Born in New York City in 1935, Peggy Seeger enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and politics. Her father was the noted musicologist Charles Seeger; her mother, the modernist composer…

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