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

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Today we publish over 30 titles in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. And Nurse With Wound’s Steven Stapleton had moved to Cooloorta in Ireland and set up his house, which became a focal point and haven for avant-garde musicians and outsider artists. As should be apparent, I'm a huge fan of many of the subjects of this book, and my objectivity is nonexistent. Opening the book to the index reveals, across two pages, entries for Arthur Machen, Mutiny on the Bounty , Eartha Kitt, and The Last of England.

An expanded edition of the classic exploration of the English esoteric musical underground—with the first biographies of Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound. The author actually goes out of his way to excuse this behavior, comparing the use of fascist symbols in punk music, but claiming that by not expounding upon the reason for using these symbols they have more artistic merit than punk. From there it moves further back and faster; to eye witness accounts of early Whitehouse performances; to the formation of Throbbing Gristle and the birth of industrial music; to the last moments of the visionary painter Charles Sims; to Angus MacLise, ex-of the Velvet Underground, casting his poem Year as a work of elementary magic; to Shirley Collins, AE Housman and Denton Welch’s visions of England in eternity.

John Balance describes Coil’s mission as to do through music what Spare did through his art, a magickal bringing of the world into being. This newly expanded edition of England's Hidden Reverse, the classic exploration of the English esoteric musical underground that includes the first, and only, biographies of Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound, is based on exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to all three bands' personal archives. The three groups have maintained a symbiotic, yet uneasy relationship with the mainstream of pop culture. The central figures in England’s Hidden Reverse emerged in the post-punk era, but took as their year zero not 1977 and punk’s rock-derived guitars but Throbbing Gristle’s emergence from performance art collective COUM in 1975 and the birth of industrial music. Immerhin hatte ich mich mit Coil und vor allem C93 über einige Jahre bereits recht eindringlich befasst, sodass ich beide Bands durchaus zu meinen Lieblingen zähle.

This newly expanded edition of England’s Hidden Reverse, the classic exploration of the English esoteric musical underground that includes the first, and only, biographies of Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound, is based on exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to all three bands’ personal archives. Theirs was a clandestine scene whose work accents the many occulted peculiarities of Englishness that flow through generations of outsiders, channeling personalities as diverse as Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, Joe Orton, Shirley Collins, Björk, and Marc Almond. These were men who made explicitly queer experimental music - an idea that fascinated me when I was younger. Keenan does his best to make most Current 93 releases sound like essential listening, but perhaps I'm missing something in the music. Learning more about the folks who made some of my favorite music helps me appreciate it all the more.i've always been attracted to these musicians and learned years ago about this book, which was sadly oop at the time. To enter into the work of any of these groups is to enter a world dense with intertextual references and allusions, to undergo a mind-expanding induction into a wider world full of strangeness and wonder, a recurring motif in Keenan’s own fictional work. despite not being as familiar with current 93 and not really familiar with nurse with wound at all, i really enjoyed learning about the histories of all these artists ! When I was still in the middle of reading this book, I enthused to a friend, “It's like I’ve finally been given a context for all this stuff!

I must also point out before I go that it is FILLED with loads and loads of fantastic and rare pictures of the bands; mostly of Coil and C93 (there is a little bit more of a focus on Coil and C93 over NWW - just a little - but I feel that's because NWW have shied away from having a frontman somewhat, and also because their music is less based on literature or esoterica than the other bands - NWW is heavily discussed, dissected and chroniclized though and NWW fans will find plenty here). The Current 93 tracks I've listened to have a maudlin charm, but rarely does the actual music have any spark. Stapleton and Coil became mainly studio concerns after a couple of disastrous early shows (though Coil did perform live for a bit shortly before Balance's untimely death). It takes a little while to get to the early 90's which is when the motors of all groups really started going and some sections are a little light on information and analysis for my personal liking (how more wasn't written on The Inmost Light trilogy is beyond me).Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with members of the seminal music groups Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound, England's Hidden Reverse illuminates a shadowy but deeply influential underground scene. He is also the author of England's Hidden Reverse (Strange Attractor Press), a history of the UK's post-punk/Industrial underground, as well as To Run Wild In It and Empty Aphrodite, (Rough Trade Books), two experimental novellas, and the co-designer, alongside Sophy Hollington, of his own tarot pack, the Autonomic Tarot (Rough Trade Books). I can’t speak to how it reads for people outside of those demographics, but as someone in both, I had an absolutely lovely reading experience. Tibet, Sleazy and Balance all start off in Psychic TV, Genesis’s post-TG project, contributing the intellectual scaffolding and musical direction to PTV’s best and most iconic albums Force The Hands Of Chance (1982) and Dreams Less Sweet (1983), before becoming disillusioned with the direction Gen was going in and starting out on their own.

It's great, even when it gets into some of the acts I'm less interested in, the characters involved are still fascinating. it was really fascinating to learn about the strange and sad origins of many of david tibet's lyrics.My only criticisms of the book are that (1) Keenan sets the bar pretty high in an excellent polemical introduction, but this discursive style is quickly abandoned for a more conventional rockumentary narrative. Coil had successfully rebirthed themselves into their lunar phase, opening themselves up to everything they were closed off to before to create two of their masterpieces, the Moon’s Milk EPs (1998-9) andboth volumes of Musick To Play In The Dark (1999-2000) . Stapleton was an obsessive record collector who journeyed to Germany to meet some of his musical heroes, before finally recruiting a couple of friends to make a noise album. Where pop music exists as a soundtrack to nine-to-five work and consumption, noise provides the cover of night that facilitates transgressive activities, liberating suppressed personas and jamming the wavelengths that consensual reality broadcasts on.

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