29 05 2003
#91

HIDDEN RITUALS


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We found this interesting book about to be revealed in June

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ENGLAND'S HIDDEN REVERSE

The first book about Coil, Current 93, Nurse with Wound

All three bands have a fanatical hardcore following thus guaranteeing the book strong sales. Between them they have consistently sold records successfully worldwide, yet all three have chosen to remain in the shadows. Each book is an individually numbered limited edition with photographs and original artwork, complete with free previously unreleased CD.

Birthed in the fall-out from legendary 'Industrial' units Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV in the late Seventies/early Eighties, David Tibet's Current 93, John Balance and Peter Christopherson's Coil and Steven Stapleton's Nurse With Wound represent the real English underground in all its sexual, cultural and artistic variety. For reasons of social inadequacy, or because their work was deemed too damned perverse, decadent or mad, such artists frequently went unnoticed in their own lifetimes.

For all that, the three groups of friends have maintained a symbiotic, yet uneasy relationship with the mainstream of popular culture, even as their beliefs and practices repel them farthest from it. Their impact goes deeper than is usually acknowledged. Their early pioneering work with samplers, tape loops and electronics has been soaked up and assimilated via the fringes of dance culture and through close friends and collaborators such as Nick Cave, Bjork and Marc Almond, they retain a loose connection to contemporary pop. That said, they'd be the last people to deny that theirs remains very much a secret history. Until now.

HARDBACK including CD

ISBN: 0 946719 40 3

Publication date: March 2003

256 pages - illustrated.
Price UK £35 US $45

More info here: SAF Publishing.

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