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Faber and Faber
WINNER OF THE RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JEREMY DELLER AND SCOTT KING
INCLUDES FOREWORD BY JOHNNY MARR
Award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Jon Savage’s definitive history of punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s.
‘One of Britain’s most trusted cultural historians.’
A pop-culture classic full of anecdote, insight and exclusive interviews, England’s Dreaming tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock ‘n’ roll band and the cultural moment they came to define.
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Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn’t have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In 1973, Queen was the support act for Mott the Hoople, for whom Peter was a roadie. Back then, Queen had to content themselves with being second on the bill and the world had not yet woken up to the flamboyant talent of Freddie Mercury. Peter started working full time for Queen just as they were making A Night at the Opera, the album which catapulted them to international stardom. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie’s stage performances went without a hitch – and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band.
Waterfalls of Stars is Rosanne Alexander’s love letter to Skomer Island, the nature reserve where she spent ten years as a warden. It portrays a relationship with nature enthralling in its immediacy and engages readers as she cares for Skomer’s bird and seal colonies while exploring her own character during periods of isolation from the mainland.
In 2015, Inua Ellams was poet in residence at the Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London. His #Afterhours project took him on a voyage of cultural translation and transposition through time and place, to the heart of the libraries archive collections, and through his own life s story as he selected poems published during each year of his life, from birth to the age of 18.
In return, Ellams opens up a captivating and potent dialogue between poems, writing a diary and intricately-crafted poems of his own in conversational response to the poems he selected from the library collections. Here, for the first time together, are the collected #Afterhours poems alongside the re-discovered poems which inspired them and the diary entries which follow this journey. In Ellams meticulous hands, this becomes an entire narrative in its own right, compelling and magnetic, drawing parallels of displacement, language and reclamation, and showing poetry’s great capacity to be a powerful amplifier of human experience.
In BUSHCRAFT SURVIVAL Ray Mears travels to some of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses in the world, and experiences first hand the survival techniques of different indigenous cultures.
From the Hudson Bay in Canada, via Tanzania and the jungles of Venezuela, to the moors and highlands of Britain, BUSHCRAFT SURVIVAL explores a range of locations and techniques from indigenous peoples. Drawing on centuries of knowledge as well as his own experience, Ray demonstrates how our enjoyment of the wilderness comes through respect for our surroundings and the people, plants and animals that live there.