LOUDER THAN WAR BOOK OF THE YEAR
A ROUGH TRADE,
THE TIMES, MOJO, UNCUT, THE HERALD BOOK OF THE YEAR


This is not a book about a rock band. This is not even a book about Mark E. Smith. This is a book about The Fall group - or more precisely, their world.

 

Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original - and defied simple categorisation.Their frontman and lyricist Mark E. Smith spun opaque tales that resisted conventional understanding; the Fall's worldview was an education in its own right.

 

Who wouldn't want to be armed with a working knowledge of M. R. James, shipping-dock procedures, contemporary dance, Manchester City and Can? The group inspired and shaped the lives of those who listened to and tried to make sense of their work.Bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans, EXCAVATE! is a vivid, definitive record - an illumination of the dark corners of the Fall's wonderful and frightening world.

 

Features 'Luxury Complex: New Faces in Hell' essay by Adelle Stripe 

 

Published by Faber & Faber (2021)

ISBN: 9780571358335

Available at Waterstones, Blackwell's, and Salt's Mill 

 

 

Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall