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England`s Hidden Reverse – A Secret History of The Esoteric Underground 2e

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The text is a fascinating look at the lives of London-based musicians from these and other bands and the interconnected nature of their social and artistic endeavours.

I read the original 2003 print, published by SAF, but I understand there is an updated and revised edition available. A really great and comprehensive primer on that special niche of dark, occulty, groundless, gothy musical stuff that came out of England starting in the 1970s.The author actually goes out of his way to excuse this behavior, comparing the use of fascist symbols in punk music, but claiming that by not expounding upon the reason for using these symbols they have more artistic merit than punk. This new volume contains almost 100 pages of extra material culled from Furfur, a collection of interviews with musicians and artists whose careers intersected with the bands,' initially published alongside Strange Attractor's first limited edition of the book.

Besides the meticulously-considered exploration of the work of three artists, the other main draw here is the way that Keenan uses that exploration to venture into explorations of art, literature, film, music, and magic. Ich hatte ja an anderer Stelle bereits erwähnt, dass es mir allmählich unter den Nägeln juckt, wieder vermehrt musikalische Orbits abseits heimeliger 90er-BM-Kannonaden abzuschweifen. England’s Hidden Reverse is an impressive, illustrated, hard backed volume coupled with a CD of music by Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Coil. You will certainly get more out of it if you’re a fan of Coil, C93, or NWW, but even if you’re not, it’s a fascinating window into the lives and opinions of an exceptional group of people, spanning several distinct eras.

The MIT Press has been a leader in open access book publishing for over two decades, beginning in 1995 with the publication of William Mitchell’s City of Bits, which appeared simultaneously in print and in a dynamic, open web edition.

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