For four decades Marc Almond has been one of the most distinctive stylists and distinguished vocalists in modern music. The whole world knows his voice, thanks to Tainted Love, one of the most successful hit singles in pop history; his visual flair, from the early days of New Romanticism to his latter-day Post-Glam appeal, remains the stuff of legend and it would be hard to imagine the pop and fashion land-scape without him.
As front man with Soft Cell, the electro-pop act he formed with Dave Ball, Marc helped launch the 1980s. Numerous ‘synth duos’ followed, by which time Marc had moved on, his darkly stylish Marc & The Mambas bringing gothic melo-drama, real strings, flamenco flourishes and a rich vein of outsider cabaret to both pop and the flourishing indie scene.
Since then, as a soloist, Marc has continued to develop these diverse themes, moving between the pop mainstream and art-house theatricality with ease. Still an inspired writer and a captivating performer, Marc Almond has grown with the years.
Given this rich legacy First Third Books are delighted to announce a limited edition photo book that celebrates Marc’s career in its full glory.
This linen-bound, hardback volume will feature over 200 images, selected by Marc from the work of international photographers as well as his personal archives. Marc will also be collaborating with MOJO regular and author Mark Paytress on a text that will illuminate the photos with insights and asides from his compelling and often contro-versial life. With a fully illustrated discography, this edition will be launched in June 2015, with advance orders now being taken at: www.firstthirdbooks.com
Here at My Dad Rocks we don't often review other online publication but since we don't cover fashion we though't we'd give a quick shout-out to MIST, a new publication that does, as well as running articles on science and technology. The first issue came out last September month. With its clean design MIST has already been billed as the Apple of digital publishing (we are assuming that is meant as a really good thing) and is aimed at the younger, design and fashion conscious generations living in today’s connected world.
The Fallen is the fifth book in the The Enemy series by Charlie Higson - yup, that's Charlie "Fast Show" and "Swiss Tony" Higson. Though officially categorized as young-adult fiction the body count, gore and sheer horror of this zombie-esque apocalypse series means it's absolutely worth reading no matter what your age. Let's put it this way, as a work of sci-fi horror any book from the series will give you the heebeegeebees more than Max Brooks' World War Z. But before we get into The Fallen, a few words about the previous books.
Chinua Achebe who died in March was quit simply a giant of African literature. His 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10 million copies and in this writers opinion his Anthills of the Savannah is the finest novel ever to come out of Africa. This posthumous memoir is at the same time a lament for the lost independence of the state of Biafra and also for the general decline of Nigeria which since being granted independence from Britain in 1960 has gone on to be regarded rightly or wrongly as just another African basket case state. Achebe credits this decline directly to the Biafran war of 1967-70.
Don’t for a moment think that Charlotte Higgins’ Under Another Sky is just another gazetteer of Roman ruins in Britain. It’s so much more than that. What Higgins (The Guardian's chief arts writer) has cooked up is a superb first-person account of her travels around Blighty on foot and in a chronically unreliable blue VW camper van looking at the remain of Rome’s most northerly province interspersed with examinations of how our view of Roman Britain has changed over the years and how our interpretations of its physical, emotional and intellectual legacy have similarly morphed over the centuries.
In an era where a light leaf-fall can bring Britain’s rail network to a standstill, this book tells the story of an era when 40 tons of TNT turned a stream train into a large hole in the landscape but triggered only a small delay and when Kings Cross station after being partly flattened by the Luftwaffe only closed for three days.