Mark E. Smith and the Fall: Art, Music and Politics. Edited by Michael Goddard and Benjamin Halligan
Mark E. Smith and "The Fall": Art, Music and Politics Mark E Smith remains one of the most divisive and idiosyncratic figures in popular music after a recording career with his band - The Fall - that spans thirty years. This book offers a comprehensive range of approaches to the work of Mark E Smith and his band The Fall in relation to music, art and politics. Full descrip...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Ashgate Publishing
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Conference proceedings for an academic symposium about the Fall entitled "Messing up the Paintwork". The very idea, walk some more, etc. Most unendurable essay is a "psychogeography of the Fall" by Mark Goodall, which begins with putting words like "explain" and "authentic" in quotes, compares Mark E. Smith to Guy Debord because they liked a pint, and includes a footnote about the author's irrelevant film project. Here's something I bet you didn't know: "The Lettrist theory of hypergraphy, metag...more
Mixed bag collection of essays on the great post-punk band The Fall and its leader, Mark E. Smith. The best parts of the book offer useful perspectives on the band via Deleuze and Guattari and other postmodern thinkers (if you like that sort of thing). The worst parts tend to be incoherent and rambling, skipping from one fashionable theoretical idea to another. In the worst bit, there's a distinct tendency to "Other" Smith - make him into some object of study, see him as an enigma wrapped in a m...more
Some really interesting essays in here that did give me greater insight into the Fall. I was just excited that academics were paying attention, but the downside is that sometimes their writing gets a bit bogged down and dull. However, the book is well worth reading if you're a Fall junkie.