Unseen essays and band ephemera from the Fall archives, a must have for anyone with even a passing interest in the iconic group and their notorious leading light.
A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans.
+ Our editions DID include a very limited edition poster designed by Paul Wilson using a font based on Mark E Smith's handwriting. They have SOLD OUT.
This is a book about Mark. E Smith and The Fall - or more precisely, their ever influential world. The Fall were so many things, so many worlds; if you got it (and not everyone did), they represented everything.
This is not a book about a rock band. This is not even a book about Mark E Smith. This is a book about The Fall group - or more precisely, their world. Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original - and defied simple categorisation.
Their frontman and lyricist Mark E. Smith spun opaque tales that resisted conventional understanding; the Fall's worldview was an education in its own right. Who wouldn't want to be armed with a working knowledge of M. R. James, shipping-dock procedures, contemporary dance, Manchester City and Can? The group inspired and shaped the lives of those who listened to and tried to make sense of their work.
Bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans, EXCAVATE! is a vivid, definitive record - an illumination of the dark corners of the Fall's wonderful and frightening world.
Crown quarto (aprx 19cm x 25cm)
Bob Stanley is the author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop (Faber, 2013), and Too Darn Hot (Faber, forth- coming), and has written for the Guardian, The Times, NME and The Face. He is also a filmmaker, and founding member of the group Saint Etienne. He was Writer in Residence at the British Library in 2017.
Tessa Norton writes regularly about art, books and music for various publications including The Wire, and for exhibi- tions and events including Liverpool Biennial and The Tetley. She published the artists' book The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts with Wysing Arts Centre in 2019, and she is a Jerwood Arts Fellow at FACT.
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