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Signed Book: "Under the Big Black Sun"
£38 GBP (approx.)

Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it’s never been told before. Authors John Doe and Tom DeSavia have woven together an enthralling story of the legendary west coast scene from 1977-1982 by enlisting the voices of people who were there. The book shares chapter-length tales from the authors along with personal essays from famous (and infamous) players in the scene. Additional authors include: Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s), Dave Alvin (The Blasters), Chris D. (Flesh Eaters), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Teresa Covarrubias (The Brat), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), as well as scencesters and journalists Pleasant Gehman, Kristine McKenna, and Chris Morris. Through interstitial commentary, John Doe “narrates” this journey through the land of film noir sunshine, Hollywood back alleys, and suburban sprawl—the place where he met his artistic counterparts Exene, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom—and formed X, the band that became synonymous with, and in many ways defined, L.A. punk.

Under the Big Black Sun shares stories of friendship and love, ambition and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage, all combined with the tattered, glossy sheen of pop culture weirdness that epitomized the operations of Hollywood’s underbelly. Readers will travel to the clubs that defined the scene, as well as to the street corners, empty lots, apartment complexes, and squats that served as de facto salons for the musicians, artists, and fringe players that hashed out what would become punk rock in Los Angeles.

NICK CAVE – Sick Bag

Posted: June 6, 2015 in MUSIC
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The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Nick Cave’s 2014 tour of North America. It began life scribbled on airline sick bags during Cave’s 22-city tour of North America in 2014. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary epic. Spurred by encounters with modern day North America, and racked by romantic longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books and the music that have influenced and inspired him, and drops them into his Sick Bag.

The Sick Bag Song blends poetry, lyrics, memories, musings, flights of fancy and journal entries. Both mythic and contemporary, it lies somewhere between The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and explores and develops the imaginative universe of Nick Cave.

The sumptuous physical edition reproduces in full colour twenty-two sick bags, each hand-customised by Nick, that are integrated throughout the text.THE SICK BAG SONG (THE UNLIMITED EDITION) features three formats in one: an exquisite boxed hardback edition of The Sick Bag Song; the audio download of Nick Cave reading the book (unabridged); and the ebook edition.

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than thirty years as the lead singer of The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He is also an acclaimed film score composer, screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor. His first novel, And The Ass Saw The Angel, was published in 1989 and The Death of Bunny Munro was published in 2009. Cave has also published a collection of lyrics & prose – The Complete Lyrics.

Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton, England. He continues to record and tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and is involved in an ever-increasing variety of music, literary, film and theatre projects. His new book – a long-form prose/poem called The Sick Bag Song – was released this year.


How Music Works
Author: David Byrne

This book leapfrogged Talking Heads as David Byrne’s most significant contribution to mankind. It is an encyclopedia and bible in one, all written in Byrne’s easygoing, engaging style. His stories swing from hilarious to inspiring, and his knowledge of music theory is actually comprehensible for a non-musician.

The plot, if there is one, is strung together in a semi-autobiographical narrative: Byrne relates his time as a grungy NYC kid and his steady climb up the industry ladder. He also goes in depth with new technologies and possibilities for independent musicians: one of the best chapters in book breaks down the various types of label deals, his experiences with different types of labels and managers, and in a selfless and bold move, lays out exactly how much money he made on each deal.

This is a must-read for any creative, whether or not music is involved.

The People’s Cosign: I thoroughly enjoyed the way David Byrne explores how music is integral to our existence, how music affects us and how we affect music. It is an interesting study of the music industry and his theories on our relationship with music are thought-provoking. He examines how music influences our cultures and our history from present day dating as far back as Ancient Assyria and Sumer! I am not a musician and I would recommend this book as a must read for anyone who has a passion for music. I have a whole new perspective thanks to David Byrne


Excellent Coffee table sized book chronicling and brimming with unseen photographs, Paul was in a band with his two brothers THE FAST this is a period in time when everything was happening at once. The only band at the time with a record deal was the NEW YORK DOLLS. and in 1974 Patti Smith, Television, Wayne County, Suicide and Blondie.
The Ramones were at CBGB’s and KISS were playing to just five people This was a small group of bands and friend almost all of were about to become icons of pop culture.


Paul documents the scene,spanning the years 1971-1978 punk rock was occuring in the midst of glitter rock, early photos of the FAST shows them amazingly in full glitter regalia with KISS style make up ( Paul had a Star painted over his eye ) there are a few photos of ALICE COOPER watching cartoons in his hotel room and Marc Bolan and the Stooges the book includes a forward by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.