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ISBN:
9781846972492
Categories
Biography, Popular Music & Culture
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
19 May 2014
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
In Stock
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
272

Barbed Wire Kisses

The Jesus and Mary Chain Story

                                     

eBook also available from the iBookstore

'This Mary Chain book is a million times better than the Morrissey autobiography' – @drphunkneuro

'Highly recommend @zoehowe's JAMC bio. A touching story of kids in the music business, recalled by their adult selves. a cut above the usual' – Euan McColm

'The best band in the world' – Neil Taylor, NME

'Pretty Scottish boys surfing a wave of doom and gloom and enjoying every moment of it. The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut is a decadent alt rock masterpiece of bubblegum pop' – Rolling Stone (naming the band's debut album one of the 500 best albums of all time)

'Thoroughly enjoying 'Barbed Wire Kisses'. Great anecdotes & teenage memories' – Vic Galloway

'I just finished the Mary Chain book 'Barbed Wire Kisses'. It's f***ing brilliant. Get it read people' – Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

'Barbed Wire Kisses adroitly charts the Mary Chain's career from their pre-Creation Portastudio demos through to their alcohol-fuelled implosion on 1998's ill-fated Munki tour [ - ] It's engaging throughout, but the chapters on the myth-making early years [ - ] leap especially vigorously off the page' – Record Collector

'Bunking the biographical trend, pleasingly filled more with anecdotes than footnotes' – The Quietus

'One of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite bands, wonderful!' – Den Browne

‘Zoë Howe is one of our favourite music writers - a great writer who is in love with rock n roll and a writer who can make the essence and magic of the dark stuff seem so alive’ – John Robb, Louder Than War

Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, The Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would change the course of popular music, and their iconic blend of psychotic white noise, darkly surreal lyrics and pop sensibility continues to enchant and confound.

This is the fierce, frank and often funny tale of The Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members themselves, as well as their associates for the first time. The story begins in the faceless new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts the formation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, their incendiary live performances, their relationship with Alan McGee’s Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions that prepared McGee for the onslaught of the Gallaghers, with plenty of feedback, fighting and, most importantly, perfectly crafted pop along the way. It is time this vastly influential group and sometime ‘public enemy’ had their say.

Zoë Howe is a music author whose other books include the acclaimed Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits; ‘How’s Your Dad?’ Living in the Shadow of a Rock Star Parent, British Beat Explosion – Rock n’ Roll Island and Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson’s memoir Looking Back At Me, published by Cadiz Music in 2012. Her writing has also appeared in The Quietus, Company, Notion, BBC Music, Holy Moly, Classic Rock and NME. Zoë has also made music radio series for stations including the award-winning Resonance FM, and she can be heard talking about rock n’ roll from time to time on BBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio, Planet Rock, BBC London and elsewhere.

 

 

‘This Mary Chain book is a million times better than the Morrissey autobiography’ – @drphunkneuro

'The best band in the world' – Neil Taylor, NME

'Pretty Scottish boys surfing a wave of doom and gloom and enjoying every moment of it. The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut is a decadent alt rock masterpiece of bubblegum pop' – Rolling Stone (naming the band's debut album one of the 500 best albums of all time)

'Highly recommend @zoehowe's JAMC bio. A touching story of kids in the music business, recalled by their adult selves. a cut above the usual' – Euan McColm

'Thoroughly enjoying 'Barbed Wire Kisses'. Great anecdotes & teenage memories’ – Vic Galloway

'I just finished the Mary Chain book ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’. It’s f***ing brilliant. Get it read people' – Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

‘Barbed Wire Kisses adroitly charts the Mary Chain’s career from their pre-Creation Portastudio demos through to their alcohol-fuelled implosion on 1998’s ill-fated Munki tour […] It’s engaging throughout, but the chapters on the myth-making early years […] leap especially vigorously off the page’ – Record Collector

‘Bunking the biographical trend, pleasingly filled more with anecdotes than footnotes’ – The Quietus

'One of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite bands, wonderful!’ – Den Browne Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, the Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would change the course of popular music, and their iconic blend of psychotic white noise, darkly surreal lyrics and Shangri-Las sweetness continues to enchant and confound.

This book is the fierce, frank and funny tale of the Jesus and Mary Chain, told by the band members and their associates for the first time. The story begins in the faceless new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two intense, chronically shy brothers, Jim and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts their incendiary live performances, their relationship with Alan McGee’s Creation Records and those famous fraternal tensions that prepared McGee for the onslaught of the Gallaghers, with plenty of feedback, fighting and, most importantly, perfectly crafted pop music along the way. It is time this vastly influential group and sometime ‘public enemy’ had their say.

Zoë talks about her book at the Louder Than Words Festival:

 

Zoë Howe is a music author whose books include the official Slits biography Typical Girls?, ‘How’s Your Dad?’ Living in the Shadow of a Rock Star Parent and Florence + The Machine: An Almighty Sound (Omnibus Press). She also co-authored and collated former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson’s memoir Looking Back at Me (Cadiz Music, 2012).

Her writing has also appeared in The Quietus, Company, Notion, BBC Music, Holy Moly, Classic Rock and NME. Zoë also has made music radio series for stations including the award-winning Resonance FM, and she has been heard chatting about rock ’n’ roll from time to time on BBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio and Planet Rock.






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