The Fallen : Life in and Out of Britain's Most Insane Group Paperback
Ever been thrown off the bus in the middle of a Swedish forest or asked to play at one of the UK's biggest music festivals with musicians you've just met who are covered in blood?
If so you've probably been in The Fall. Dave Simpson made it his mission to track down everyone who has ever played in Britain's most berserk, brilliant group.
He uncovers a changing Britain, tales of madness and genius, and wreaks havoc on his own life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, integrated b&w illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Punk, New Wave & Indie
- ISBN: 9781847671448
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Review by tedmills
A good companion piece to Mark E. Smith's own "Renegade," which I read immediately before this one.Dave Simpson tracks down all the ex-members of the Fall to hear their side of the story. What emerges is a fascinating profile of the most idiosyncratic man in rock music. Smith sounds terrible to work for, but even after the chaos, most everybody seem to look back on it fondly and would gladly do it again. Only Martin Bramaugh remains elusive, and Karl Burns is MIA. Simpson includes bits of his own life story, and occasionally indulges in album criticism hidden as narrative, but he tells a good tale.The book hasn't dampened my enthusiasm for the group, and actually made me admire the whole enterprise more.