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Bob Stanley, Tessa Norton
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Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall
Label
Faber & Faber
Release Date
April 1, 2021

A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before published essays and ephemera from fans, collectors and the artist and band themselves. A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before published essays and ephemera from fans, collectors and the artist and band themselves. 'To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & pro vocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations, choc-stock-full of loving Acts by true Apostles, simultaneously both the scrapbook you wished you'd kept and a portal to futures & pasts, known & unknown, & a Fantastic Celeb ration of this Nation's Saving Grace.'

DAVID PEACE
'Mind blowing... brilliant.'

TIM BURGESS
'A container sized treasure trove bursting at the hinges with strangeness and wonder . . . I strongly advise you to buy it.'

MAXINE PEAKE
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; it was an education. Who wouldn't want to be armed with a working knowledge of M.R. James, contemporary dance and Manchester City? 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 fright ening world.

Bob Stanley is the author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop (Faber, 2013), and Too Darn Hot (Faber, forth coming), and has written for the Guardian, The Times, NME and The Face. He is also a filmmaker, and founding mem ber of the group Saint Etienne. He was Writer in Residence at the British Library in 2017.

Tessa Norton writes regularly about art, books and music for various publications including The Wire, and for exhibi tions and events including Liverpool Biennial and The Tetley. She published the artists' book The Fields Here Are Full of Ghosts with Wysing Arts Centre in 2019, and she is a Jerwood Arts Fellow at FACT...

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