The Big Midweek – Life Inside The Fall

The first insider’s account of life inside The Fall: unprecedented insight into the intense, highly-charged creative atmosphere within the most talked about band of that last 30 years. A Guardian Book of the Year 2014

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ISBN: 9781901927580
Extent: 400

Authors: Steve Hanley, Olivia Piekarski

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A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
NOMINATED FOR NME BOOK OF THE YEAR

The first insider’s account of life inside The Fall, Steve Hanley’s story unfolds like a novel; from 1979 when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall, he puts us right in the heart of the action: on stage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and up close and personal with an eccentric cast of band mates. These vividly drawn scenes give unprecedented insight into the intense, highly-charged creative atmosphere within The Fall and their relentless work ethic which has won them a dedicated cult following, high-art respectability and a unique place in popular music history.

‘All the reasons why you should never join a band but also why it’s impossible not to. Bless them for going through it, so the rest of us mere mortals can enjoy the greatness that is The Fall.’ – Jim Glennie

‘Steve Hanley’s book will of course be an essential read for fans of The Fall. But anyone would be taken in by the way it gives you a totally different take on the rock and roll experience. It’s a voyage of self-discovery, but it doesn’t read as some forced feel-my-pain-confessional or rock biog cliché. Steve is calm, free of hysteria, and avoids self-conscious literary flourishes in favour of the kind of measured, effortless sounding tone that actually takes a lot of thought and effort to achieve’ – Stewart Lee

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  • The Big Midweek Video Playlist
    Video playlist for The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall by Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski. Features a session with Stewart Lee and the launch party gig.

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Authors

Steve Hanley

Steve Hanley is a legendary bass player best known for his time with iconic Manchester band The Fall.

Olivia Piekarski

Olivia Piekarski is a writer with a passion for contemporary fiction and music. She has worked abroad and in the UK as a teacher, an actor and in radio.

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