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Эзотерическое подполье Британии. Как Coil, Current 93, Nurse With Wound и другие гениальные сумасброды перепридумали музыку

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Их называли «разрушителями цивилизации» и обвиняли во всех смертных грехах. Они и правда знали толк в грехе и в искуплении. Эта книга о людях, которые перевернули представления общества о творчестве, мистицизме и экстремальном образе жизни, — о британских экспериментаторах, ставивших опыты на себе и на слушателях. Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Current 93, Nurse With Wound — ист ...more
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Published 2021 by Individuum (first published 2002)
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Paul Christensen
Jun 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
This book is a complete whitewash.

In looking at one of the most interesting music scenes of the ‘80s and ‘90s, it removes the more politically incorrect bands (Death In June, Fire + Ice, Allerseelen, Boyd Rice, and even The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud) from the picture, thus making World Serpent music safe for ‘consumption’ by oily hipsters in the 2000s (Tony Wakeford, after jumping through hoops to prove what a good ‘anti-fascist’ he is, gets a token pat on the head).

The same hipsters who
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Stewart Tame
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the 90's, I got pretty heavily into goth and industrial music; the darker and stranger, the better. In the course of my explorations, I discovered a label in the UK, World Serpent Distribution, that handled a number of artists who scratched that itch for me. The band names almost didn't matter since everyone seemed to play on everyone else's albums anyway.

Fast forward to the present day, and I'm reading an interview with a band in a music magazine, and they mentioned being influenced by C
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Ty
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I must say, my review will be subjective, as I am a fan of Coil, Current 93, and Nurse With Wound. I'm not sure this would be an interesting read for anybody unacquainted with these unique musicians, but I can't make that judgment.

The members of Coil, Current 93, and NWW are all friends, and all began making music around the same time in the late 70s/early 80s. Although their music differs greatly in sound from one another, they all have in common a uniqueness in
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Lemma
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Coil at age 15 and immediately fell in love. Jhonn and Sleazy helped ease this queer boy’s confusion, guided him through assorted chemical journeys, and kept him wondrous of the world. So as soon as word reached me that someone had actually gone and written a book about them, I simply had to get my paws on a copy.
You will certainly get more out of it if you’re a fan of Coil, C93, or NWW, but even if you’re not, it’s a fascinating window into the lives and opinions of an exceptional
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Isak Saveland
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book about some of my favourite people <3
Nathan
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great and comprehensive primer on that special niche of dark, occulty, groundless, gothy musical stuff that came out of England starting in the 1970s. The book focuses primarily on three bands: Coil, Current 93, and Nurse with Wound. I’m not a Current 93 fan and though the book has a big crush on David Tibet and that particular group, I still found it fascinating to read. It’s interesting to see where this stuff comes from and it turned me on to a lot of things of which I was previously ...more
buttercup
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i went into this book mostly as a coil fan and was familiar with a few current 93 albums. despite not being as familiar with current 93 and not really familiar with nurse with wound at all, i really enjoyed learning about the histories of all these artists ! it was really fascinating to learn about the strange and sad origins of many of david tibet's lyrics. as a biased coil fan, i feel like the book glossed over some their later releases, but im happy enough that there is such a deeply research ...more
Carmilla Voiez
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
England’s Hidden Reverse is an impressive, illustrated, hard backed volume coupled with a CD of music by Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Coil.

I read the original 2003 print, published by SAF, but I understand there is an updated and revised edition available.

The text is a fascinating look at the lives of London-based musicians from these and other bands and the interconnected nature of their social and artistic endeavours. The tales are told in a broadly chronological order, jumping from one ar
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Brendan
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read, updated edition, 05/2018: This remains one of my favorite music books of all time. A rich, intimate portrait of three of the most important bands in my musical lexicon.


the only thing that could have improved this book is a detailed discography of the three bands covered. a fantastic study of three of my favorite bands.
Curtis Runstedler
This book focuses on the intertwined triptych of the bands Coil, Current 93, and Nurse with Wound, and the musicians behind them, from their early days with Genesis P-Orridge with Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV in London to their many exciting collaborations and innovations through time. I think the sections with David Tibet are the most exciting, but I'm a bit biased because I connect with his music the most on a personal level and he's a friend of mine. His apocalyptic visions and interests are ...more
David Ashley
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Great account of an often overlooked 'scene' of experimental music. The music of Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93 in some ways couldn't be more different but in other ways they're all kindred spirits.

I liked how the book would go back and forth between the artists and it was definitely interesting to learn more about the origins of Nurse With Wound and just anything and everything Coil (as I wasn't that familiar before reading).

It takes a little while to get to the early 90's which is when
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Peter Landau
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a bunch of freaks sprung up from the English underground in the late ’70s and early ‘80s. David Keenan shares the mysterious histories of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, three different but similar experimental aural adventurers, not quite a collective but with more than nebulous ties, in ENGLAND’S HIDDEN REVERSE. It’s great to walk the pages with these secret creators who’s esoteric recordings always hinted at more than they revealed. Keenan shows the roots and the stems that grew t ...more
William
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this history of current 93, coil, and nurse with wound. Definitely something for fans of those bands. I can't quite put my finger on why I feel this way - but I felt like the author was one of those people that was a bit stuck in an either/or mentality when it came to underground music versus that which is more pop - or just more well known. I found it odd that the author referred to skinny puppy as an american band - when they originate from canada. The songs he disliked the most ...more
Lance Grabmiller
A fascinatingly thorough document but the writing isn't always great and it often moves off into tangents it doesn't need to. Makes an interesting coda to Simon Ford's "Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of Coum Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle" and makes an interesting parallel read to Cosey Fanni Tutti's "Art Sex Music." ...more
Scott
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow was this ever obsessively researched. It's also a little bit heartbreaking to learn just how EFFED up Sleazy and Balance were all the time. I know it was part of their seeking, but still... ...more
Fletcher
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, music, art
Coil is Life
Douglas Roberts
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep study...made we want to go back and listen to all the albums mentioned, opened my eyes to an area of music I'd never fully appreciated :-) ...more
Trent S.A. Paszek
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
There is so much more pact in this book than I could have imagined. A little snooty at times, but the writer has so much love for these bands that it's to expected. ...more
Mark Ward
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
4.5 stars

This book is almost as legendary as the bands it describes. First published in 2003 by SAF publishing, it went out of print and started to fetch HUGE prices among booksellers. This revised, updated, indexed and absolutely gorgeously put together is a welcome new edition.

Written by experimental record shop (Volcanic Tongue) owner, David Keenan, this is a hugely in-depth and fascinating history of three very interrelated bands: Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound. I have been a huge Co
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Sean
Jan 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: socio-cultural, music
I downloaded this to read on Scribd, as first-print copies are now going for around £200-£300 on eBay and other used book sites. I think there's a cheaper re-print due out soon, so I may buy one of those.

"England's Hidden Reverse" concerns the art and music scene built around three (interconnected) groups: Psychic TV/Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93. Coil consisted of the late John Balance (formerly Geoff Rushton) and Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. N.W.W. was pretty much built around Stephe
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Dave
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don't often connect well with books about music, but this one really astonished me. The bands covered sit well outside the center of my musical interests, a question more of fascination than of fandom. But, my word, are they ever alive to me now. Alive in a way that most of my very favourite artists have never been.

Keenan has a talent for plunging the reader right into the turmoil of the artists he's describing, probably because he puts their mundane lives on par with the gigs and songwriting.
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Divuar
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a must-read to anyone interested in industrial and post-industrial subculture, especially british specimen. It is full of interesting sides of biographies of such masters of the genre as Coil, Nurse With Wound, Death In June, Current 93, Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle. The book systemizes the connection between the musicians, their influences from the outside and on each other and even reveals some secret parts of their lives. You are going to discover their mystic and occult inter ...more
Andrew Bishop
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, music
Although it was published nearly a decade ago, this is still an excellent guide to the worlds of Coil, Nurse With Wound, and Current 93. The material on David Tibet's life and art is easily the richest material here, but good insights into the obsessions and working concerns of Coil and NWW are also abundant. Tibet is an able exponent of his work and it helps as his music can be quite difficult. His collaborators are also good interview subjects so it's a pleasure to learn of their contributions ...more
YNOT
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what's great about this book...
is the revelations about...
the oncoming christian extremism onslaught...
and how they transmogrified...
fum mcmartin skool witch hunt in cali...
across th' pond...
via tabloids ( r. murdoch scandalsheets? )
finding a rich target in g. p-o / ptv et al...
which led t' his exile...
outta th' pan...
and into the burning pyre...
of heartland amerikkka...
how's that fer irony?
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Cliff
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This must-read for anyone serious about music history is the definitive bible on a post-punk experimental movement in the U.K. underground, focusing on a holy trinity of artists you've never heard of who pushed music's boundaries to its limits. ...more
Gyrus
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly absorbing and entertaining. An essential history of one of the most interesting post-punk scenes, and a vital, under-exposed period in London's cultural history. Superb production, wonderful images. ...more
Cha
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this while visiting friends in Amsterdam. It's probably odd to say that it was a "fun, enjoyable" read, but there it is. ...more
Steve
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: weird freaks who love weird freak music
This is an incredible book for anyone who loves the esoteric/ experimental sounds of Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93. Lots of photos, anecdotes and magical mystery tours.
Teree
May 13, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have had this first edition for years, and now they're finally releasing a paperback, in September. I guess I better read it now. ...more
Hamish
Aug 03, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am trying to find a copy of this book to purchase but it is out of print. If anyone has a copy they would sell, please let me know. Cheers!
Hamish
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David Keenan is an author and critic based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been a regular contributor to The Wire magazine for the past twenty years. His debut novel, This Is Memorial Device, was published by Faber in 2017.

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