The Fallen: Life in and Out of Britain's Most Insane Group

The Fallen: Life in and Out of Britain's Most Insane Group


By (author) Dave Simpson

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847671446
  • ISBN 13: 9781847671448
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 98,349

Product description

VOTED NO.4 BEST BOOK ABOUT MUSIC ON NEONFILLER.COM The Fall are one of the world's most iconic groups, led for the last thirty years by the inimitable and enigmatic Mark E. Smith. They have released nearly thirty studio albums, with in excess of fifty musicians passing through their ranks. They are The Fallen; this is their story. Dave Simpson has spent two years of his life tracking down everyone who has ever played in The Fall. The resultant book is full of hilarious and shocking anecdotes about life in one of the country's most intense and insane bands. It is also a biography in reflection of Mark E. Smith, a man who runs his group like a football team, for whom no one member is greater than the Fall. Featuring a host of new interviews, this is a fascinating insight for all of The Fall's devoted fanbase, which famously included John Peel, and anyone who has ever been curious about the group, and interested in the post-punk cultural landscape of Britain.

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Author information

Dave Simpson writes on music and the arts for the Guardian newspaper from an isolated base in the North of England. He has been a fan of the Fall since 1979, and once admitted to hating the Beatles.

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'A great book - a fucking amazingly great book...a simple but excellent concept...Absolutely brilliant. It has made me race back to all 554 Fall songs and put them on repeat.' Everett True