Born OTD in 1939, DJ, radio presenter, record producer and journalist, John Peel. John was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock & progressive rock records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in a multitude of genres including dub, reggae, punk, post-punk, electronic music, dance music, indie rock, extreme metal, and British hip hop.

Through nigh-on forty years of laconic brilliance on Radio 1, a musical taste which defined a culture and his wildly … More

David Keenan’s first novel is populated by about 30 beautifully believable and appallingly sad local legends – including that great band (Memorial Device), that drug-dealer survivalist and that expat romantic. The book’s subtitle gives the most succinct description of the whole enterprise: “An Hallucinated Oral History of the Post-Punk Scene in Airdrie, Coatbridge and Environs, 1978‑1986”.

Ross Raymond and Johnny McLaughlin are two fanboys dedicated to the Airdrie post-punk scene of the early ’80s – the … More

Rip It Up And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984. In this, the first book to take a big-picture view of the entire post punk period, acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Reynolds recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music. Full of anecdote and insight, and featuring the likes of Joy Division, The Fall, Pere Ubu, PiL and Talking Heads, Rip It Up And Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written.

Reynolds’s overarching polemic is this: that punk was not year zero at all, but, rather, the last gasp of a … More

Focusing upon the production of post-punk art, film, music, & publishing, this book offers new perspectives on an overlooked period of cultural activity, & probes the lessons that might be learnt from history for artists & musicians working under 21st century conditions of austerity.

Full list of contributors: Gavin Butt, Sue Clayton, Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher, Green Gartside, Dominic Johnson, Lydia Lunch, Eliete Mejorado, … More