Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands

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ISBN
9780571329960
Published
01/09/2016
9780571329960
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.

Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock 'n' roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough.

As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby's finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.

I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms. Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock 'n' roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough. As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby's finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.
  • Will Carruthers

    Will Carruthers has played bass in three great, pioneering psychedelic bands, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized and Brian Jonestown Massacre.

“A ruinously frank and funny account of the emergence of both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized from the sonically celestial squalor of nearby Rugby that features a number of close friends amongst its stagger-on cameos.”
- Alan Moore, New York Times
“You don't have to have been a Spacemen 3 fan to enjoy their former bassist Will Carruthers' autobiography, although I was. Will describes a lost world of the 80s and early 90s, where artists and non-conformists could exist in the cracks of society, making music and art, and scraping by. His description of the crusty band Webcore's home studio in a ruined Cornwall cottage sounds as far distant now as Boswell's accounts of eighteenth-century Highland homesteads. As well as a being a fine comic writer, Carruthers is a social historian, documenting a strange chapter of the British counter-culture, where poverty and impossible freedoms lived alongside each other, now lost for ever as the individual is locked down, the welfare state is destroyed, and the very idea of any form of culture as an end in itself is commodified. Carruthers survived to tell the tale.”
- Stewart Lee

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Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands

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