Sunday, August 09, 2020

Reading festival

By common consensus, it seems, White Rabbit - the music-focused Orion imprint established by Lee Brackstone following his departure from Faber - got off to a real flyer with the publication of Mark Lanegan's Sing Backwards And Weep. It's been followed up with Remain In Love by Talking Heads' Chris Frantz, and the latest announcements suggest that there will be no let-up in the pursuit of Brackstone's vision of "a list that is expansive, experimental and commercially ambitious".

Legendary BBC Radio One DJ Annie Nightingale's memoir Hey Hi Hello is on its way, as is a book by Casey Rae on the significant impact of William Burroughs and his work on music and musicians. Arguably most intriguing of all, however, is Harry Sword's Monolithic Undertow. This excerpt gives a fascinating flavour of what promises to be an ambitious history of musical drones that connects the dots between cosmology, religion, mysticism and Melvins.

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