A Seat At The Table / Withdrawn Traces – Book reviews

Amy Raphael, A Seat At The Table. Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music (Virago) Sarah Hawys Roberts & Leon Noakes, Withdrawn Traces. Searching for the Truth About Richey Manic (Virgin Books) These are two very different books (writes Andy Wood). Amy Raphael’s book is a collection of interviews with female musicians, writers, producers…

Book Review – 40 Odd Years Of The Fall

Tommy Mackay  –   40 Odd Years Of The Fall It’s almost a year since Mark E. Smith passed away (writes Andy Wood). Musician, entertainer and blogger, Tommy Mackay had been working on this book since 2006, finally publishing it in late 2018. Although it is a self-published book by a long-term fan, this is…

Banned Books and … Beerjacket

Banned Books and a Beer (and Beerjacket) – Cupar Library, Cupar – Tuesday November 2018 A wee write-up of an enjoyable event during Book Week Scotland which managed to incorporated the written word and some music. The Book Week Scotland event was originally intended to feature readings from a number of banned books. Given that…

Sometimes Pleasureheads Must Burn

It’s going to be a little bit of a Stereogram week on MPT with some music to follow later on but first up I’d like to draw your attention to the forthcoming publication of Innes Reekie’s book of photos of the Birthday Party … and beyond. Innes recalls his first exposure to the band: “The…

When We Were Young – Ben Vendetta book reviews

When we were young Nobody died And nobody got older They toughest kid in the street Could always be bought over And the first time that you loved You had all your love to give At least that’s what you said. Whipping Boy, ‘When We Were Young’ Looking back on Whipping Boy’s landmark second album…

Get Past The Python – “The Wrong Box” book review

Writing about friends’ creative endeavours is always a tricky business. Simply put, there’s the risk that someone gives you their treasured piece of work, generated by much blood, sweat and tear, … and you don’t like it. So what does a cowardly blogger do? Ignore it? Be excessively honest? Over the years I’ve been given plenty of…