A definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, bringing together previously unseen artwork, rare ephemera and handwritten material, alongside essays by a slate of fans.
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A ROUGH TRADE, MOJO, UNCUT BOOK OF THE YEAR
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.
‘To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations.’
‘Mind blowing . . . there is so much to enjoy in this brilliant book.’
‘A container sized treasure trove . . . I strongly advise you to buy it.’
‘The most wonderful, unashamedly intellectual, pretentious, ridiculous, exciting hymn to this incredible group.’
ANDY MILLER, BACKLISTED
Over a prolific forty-year career, the Fall created a world that was influential, idiosyncratic and fiercely original – and defied simple categorisation.
Their frontman and lyricist Mark E. Smith spun opaque tales that resisted conventional understanding; the Fall’s worldview was an education in its own right. Who wouldn’t want to be armed with a working knowledge of M. R. James, shipping-dock procedures, contemporary dance, Manchester City and Can? The group inspired and shaped the lives of those who listened to and tried to make sense of their work.
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 frightening world.
To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, 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 Celebration of this Nation's Saving Grace.
Mind blowing . . . There is so much to be enjoyed in this brilliant book.
This is a container sized treasure trove bursting at the hinges with strangeness and wonder. Charting the magical head on collision of artistic and the industrial, this book guides us through the labyrinth of Mr Smith's mind, and takes us to a deeper understanding of the band that kick started a cultural chain reaction. I strongly advise you to buy it.
[The Fall have] already piled up much in the way of memoirs and analyses, as if in an attempt to exhaust and deflate it. Excavate! is testament to the power such an effort sets out to rationalise, domesticate and destroy, placing The Fall in the hidden heart of the last 40 years of contemporary art.
As jagged and as curveball-hurling as peak-period Fall, Excavate! is a box of tricks, lovingly curated . . . tantalising . . . Through a succession of essays to a cornucopia of ephemera from Christmas cards and fan club missives (“Fall interest never higher, much to chagrin of SMITH”), Excavate! unpicks Smith’s physical and intellectual world . . . It Is surely what [Mark E. Smith] would have wanted.
Gives readers a look inside the brilliant and briar-y mind of frontman Mark E. Smith . . . [the] excerpts from Excavate! offer a unique window into the Fall’s legacy.
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