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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

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How To Be Invisible

Kate Bush

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Che Guevara

Che Guevara

Jon Lee Anderson

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One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

Neil Tennant

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Beastie Boys Book

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Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time…

First Time Ever

Peggy Seeger

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The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer

The Hard Stuff

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Mars by 1980

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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

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As Time Goes By - Derek Taylor Book

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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…

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