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Nileism: The Strange Course of The Blue Nile

Biography, New Releases, Popular Music & Culture
Publication Date
09 May 2019
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Birlinn Ltd

Nileism: The Strange Course of The Blue Nile


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"Nileism is one of the best written rock biographies I've come across in a life of reading, at some points, seemingly little else ... a very, very good book,"- Tom Morton, BBC Radio

"Allan Brown tells the tale with flair and delicious flashes of gallows humour," - Total Music Magazine

2011 sees the 30th anniversary of The Blue Nile’s first work together. Four albums – containing a total of just 33 songs – have followed since. Yet scarcity has served only to intensify love for the band’s intensely romantic songs. Reclusive and enigmatic, The Blue Nile are one of modern music’s greatest mysteries, as secretive about their plans and status as they are about their painstaking methods.

For the first time Allan Brown, a fan from the time of the band’s first album in 1983 and friend of the band’s composer Paul Buchanan, gets behind the veil to analyse the band’s agonisingly slow progress through personal memoir, critical study, access to unreleased recordings and encounters with those who have been central to the strange and elusive mythology of The Blue Nile.