England`s Hidden Reverse – A Secret History of The Esoteric Underground 2e

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The book details, most often in their own words, the obsessions – magical, musical, sexual and narcotic of Stapleton, Tibet, Sleazy, Balance and others. I think the sections with David Tibet are the most exciting, but I'm a bit biased because I connect with his music the most on a personal level and he's a friend of mine. You will certainly get more out of it if you’re a fan of Coil, C93, or NWW, but even if you’re not, it’s a fascinating window into the lives and opinions of an exceptional group of people, spanning several distinct eras. David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground was first published in 2003.

But for anyone interested in a vibrant alternative to the overwhelmingly over-produced, glossy blandness of the era (and one that is, mystifyingly, being 'rebooted' at the moment), this is an essential read.

The new edition comes redesigned and expanded with two new chapters, one of which "traces the transgressive urge that animates industrial culture all the way from Palaeolithic cave art through rock n roll and punk rock and up to contemporary noise music", as well as previously unseen photographs, and will be published in late November by Strange Attractor Press, the publishing house that put out tQ editor John Doran's recent book, Jolly Lad. David Tibet’s Current 93 had released two of their most personal and moving albums, Soft Black Stars (1998) and Sleep Has His House (2000). Denn exakt dieses - wie ich jetzt mit Bestimmtheit sagen kann - Meisterwerk triggerte unlängst nicht nur eine kaum zu erwartende Wiedergeburt meiner Faszination für Experimentelle Musik, der Umstand freut mich auch numerisch, da es beinahe auf den Tag genau fünf Jahre her ist, dass mir ein bis heute guter, wertvoller Freund dies' Buch zum Geburtstag schenkte.

It genuinely felt like the end of an era of experimental, underground music, one which has receded even further into the past over the intervening 20 years, even as C93 and NWW have continued to release great music and Coil’s mythic legacy has only grown in stature.Quantitativ wie qualitativ, denn nicht nur werden viele Entwicklungsschritte der stets variierenden Künstlergruppen und ihrer Kernfiguren genannt, Erstere werden auch ganz konkret in den Kontext der jeweils aktuellen Album-Veröffentlichungen gestellt. In the case of David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground , recently reissued by Strange Attractor Press, it’s not spoiling much by saying that I was reading it with several tabs open: to AllMusic and Bandcamp and Bull Moose Music and Forced Exposure, eyeing reissue editions and complete discographies and obscure side projects.

Dabei hatte ich freilich Glück, dass die bereits erwähnten drei Größen hier als Fixpunkte gesetzt wurden. This book reminds of two other fascinating music books that I would also recommend: John Higgs The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds", which much like England's Hidden Reverse, uses the framework of a band biography to elucidate the band's influences, and the larger scene; and Simon Ford's Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle which, dealing as it does with TG, is the perfect counterpart to this book (and much like this book's first edition, is now woefully out of print - perhaps if EHR is a success, Strange Attractor Press might consider reprinting Wreckers?

The book was the definitive biography of UK experimental music groups Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, and chronicled these artists’ development and growth alongside the post-punk post-industrial underground music scene that birthed them, from the late 70s through to the present.

The discographies of the three artists at the heart of Keenan’s book exist in a constant state of flux; listening to one album from any of the artists mentioned on the cover will hardly reveal the whole of their sound. A rollicking ride through England's esoteric underground that had me keep coming back to it, over and over. The Current 93 tracks I've listened to have a maudlin charm, but rarely does the actual music have any spark. I went on vet work experience placement instead of going to the last ever Coil gig, a decision I regret to this day. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.

During the 90's, I got pretty heavily into goth and industrial music; the darker and stranger, the better. MIT Press Direct is a distinctive collection of influential MIT Press books curated for scholars and libraries worldwide. And Steven Stapleton, obsessive record collector and master tape-manipulator, would form Nurse With Wound. England's Hidden Reverse" concerns the art and music scene built around three (interconnected) groups: Psychic TV/Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93. I did find the glossing over of some of the players who engaged in more than just dalliances with the White Power movement (Douglas Pearce and Boyd Rice just two examples) as they are known to have actually been a part of some of these organizations, rather than simply using fascist iconography for shock or artistic value.

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