From the mountains of Algeria to the squats of South London via sectarian Northern Ireland, Ten Thousand Apologies is the sordid and thrilling story of the country’s most notorious rock band, Fat White Family. Loved and loathed in equal measure since their formation in 2011, the relentlessly provocative, stunningly dysfunctional “drug band with a rock problem” have dedicated themselves to constant chaos and total creative freedom at all costs.


Like a tragicomic penny dreadful dreamed up by a mutant hybrid of Jean Genet, the Dadaists and Mark E. Smith, the Fat Whites’ story is a frequently jaw-dropping epic of creative insurrection, narcotic excess, mental illness, wanderlust, self-sabotage, fractured masculinity, and the ruthless pursuit of absolute art.


Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional that does not seek forgiveness. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family’s disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era.





'Bleak, funny and compelling' Miranda Sawyer, Observer

'You begin to wonder why more biographies aren't tackled with such invention' Record Collector ★★★★

'This book is a rarity' Mark Lanegan

'One of the finest music books in aeons' Kevin Barry


'A fastidious portrait of chaos, displacement, and bad acid' MOJO ★★★★


'It's visceral and mucky and messy and writhing... Like many of the best biographies, the music is incidental, simply the backing track. For this is a book of wild, weird, better-than-fiction stories' Terri White, Sunday Times 


'Destined to become a classic of the genre' Louder than War


'A bruising and exhilarating read, which captures the nihilistic energy of this strange and brilliant band' Independent


'Tragi-comic scenes of opulent, epic mess saturate the pages. But don't imagine this is just for fans and/or those into all-you-eat dissolution and excess. It is so much more than that' Wendy Erskine, Irish Times 


'A jawdropping rollercoaster' Rolling Stone




Published by White Rabbit (2022)

ISBN: 9781474617840

Hardback, kindle and audible formats 

Available via Rough Trade, Waterstones, Bookshop.Org and your local independent bookshop






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