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News, events, blogs and press releases on the subject of Headpress books and authors.

Author STEPHEN LEE NAISH answers a few questions on the Manic Street Preachers and why the album, Know Your Enemy. HEADPRESS: Why a book on this album, Know Your Enemy? STEPHEN LEE NAISH: The Manic Street Preachers were a subject I’d wanted to broach for a while. But I didn’t want to write a traditional ...
A Few Questions On The Manic Street Preachers

The Silent Walk

Eight months after the Grenfell high-rise tragedy in London, H. E. SAWYER joins the monthly walk that is part memorial, part silent protest. It’s a vile Valentine’s Day evening, cold and wet, perfect conditions for contracting pneumonia. Yet the motley crew gathered beneath the Brutalist edifice of Kensington Town Hall remain stoic in adversity. A ...
The Silent Walk

Tsunami on VHS Cassette

Glastonbury 99 was missing a spark. Stephen Lee Naish muses on the Manic Street Preachers In the summer of 1999, Manic Street Preachers headlined the prestigious Glastonbury music festival. More or less the whole performance was broadcast on television. The performance was good, a full bodied hit packed selection, but an energy was lacking in ...
Tsunami on VHS Cassette

Where Is Mozlandia?

Author Melissa Mora Hidalgo talks about Morrissey, The Smiths, fans, and her new book. "Morrissey perhaps was seduced by LA like most people who are not from here, lured by the nostalgia of old Hollywood or perhaps simple sunshine." So says author Melissa Mora Hidalgo in her new book Mozlandia, a tribute to Morrissey fans and Smiths ...
Where Is Mozlandia?

On Joy Devotion

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike tells us about her upcoming Headpress title, Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture on the fanatical fan culture surrounding Joy Division. HEADPRESS: Tell us about Joy Devotion. DR. JENNIFER OTTER BICKERDIKE: ‘Joy Devotion’ is a tag line I created while I was getting my PhD—which focused on ...
On Joy Devotion

Fight Your Own War

Editor and contributor Jennifer Wallis talks about power electronics, noise culture, and her new book. HEADPRESS: Hi Jennifer. You’re the evil genius behind our new FIGHT YOUR OWN WAR: Power Electronics and Noise Culture title, which is proving quite the cult smash. Tell us about the genesis of the book? JENNIFER WALLIS: I’m not a musician—I have, let’s ...
Fight Your Own War
Richard Stevenson, creator/editor of noise receptor journal and a key contributor to Fight Your Own War: Power Electronics and Noise Culture, shares some of his favourite tracks with us. This is a personal selection of influential power electronics tracks, which were pivotal to my introduction, appreciation, and understanding of power electronics overall. I should also ...
Power Electronic Landmarks: 5 Revolutionary Tracks
Bizarrism is a collection of strange-but-true tales, featuring a grand parade of eccentrics, visionaries, crackpots, cult leaders, artists, theorists and outsiders of every stripe. First published in 1999, and out of print for years, Headpress has now released a new, fully revised and expanded edition that revisits a host of unique individuals. Here Bizarrism and ...
Chris Mikul Picks His 5 Favourite Eccentrics

Amanda on TV Movies

Amanda Reyes is the editor of Are You in the House Alone, a collection about the golden age of the US telefilm. HEADPRESS: First things first—how did you come to have such an interest in the TV movie? And why is the genre so interesting? AMANDA REYES: I grew up during the heyday of the ...
Amanda on TV Movies
On February 14, 2017, Crites' Coloring Book by Tom Crites became the first coloring book in the history of coloring books to be banned. Specifically, the ban is a Calfornia-based ban, Crites' book having been placed on the Centralized List of Disapproved Publications by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This prevents it from ...
The First Banned Coloring Book!
An interview with David Hinds, author of Fascination: The Celluloid Dreams of Jean Rollin Those of you who saw our Killing For Culture documentary, The Death Illusion: Murder, Cinema and the Myth of Snuff (and if you haven’t—don’t hang around, view it here) will already be familiar with the talents of David Hinds, who ...
Fascination: David Hinds on Jean Rollin

The Al Goldstein Story

Why is this the most hated man in American? The Al Goldstein Story has it all... SLEAZE! TWISTED INDEFENSIBLE HUMOUR! SCATHING BLISTERING ATTACKS ON INNOCENT PEOPLE! A TOUR THROUGH THE KINKY DARK CORNERS OF POPULAR CULTURE! SHOCKING PHOTOS! GUEST APPEARENCES BY ALL-AMERICAN ECCENTRICS LIKE GRAMPA MUNSTER, MYRON FASS and LARRY FLYNT! To the counterculture of ...
The Al Goldstein Story

Deathpile – G.R. (LP)

We didn't know this when putting together Mark Goodall's Gathering of the Tribe, but are pleased to report that Deathpile's G.R.—also covered in Jennifer Wallis' book Fight Your Own War—is now available on vinyl. Limited to 500 copies, it can now be found on Discogs, here. (Also available streaming on Bandcamp, here.) Excerpt from Gathering ...
Deathpile - G.R. (LP)

Bye, Bye, Chelsea Hotel

Following the closure of the doors on the very famous Chelsea Hotel, Manhattan, Headpress asked some of its authors for their comments on the matter. Here are some thoughts from Simon Morrison, author of Discombobulated: Dispatches from the Wrong Side. When I penned a story for DJmagazine in the suite I had hired in the ...
Bye, Bye, Chelsea Hotel