Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SHOCK AND AWE - coming soon

My new book SHOCK AND AWE: GLAM ROCK AND ITS LEGACY is out next month via Faber & Faber in the U.K. and Dey Street/HarperCollins in North America. Early in October I head out on the road for SHOCK AND AWE events – first some dates in the U.K, then on to New York, then back to Los Angeles for further appearances. Full details below.

^^^^from the press release^^^^ 

At the dawn of the Seventies, glam smashed through the faded denim dream of the hippie era – an eruption of alien glamour, gender mayhem and thrilling music that changed pop forever. SHOCK AND AWE takes the reader on a wild tour of the glam era, chronicling the exploits of its flamboyant personalities against a backdrop of social upheaval and political disillusion. Spearheaded by David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and T. Rex, the glam movement reveled in artifice and spectacle. Simon Reynolds explores how artists like Roxy Music, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Sparks, Cockney Rebel and many others celebrated illusion over truth and self-invention over authenticity. Probing the genre’s major themes—fame, androgyny, narcissism, decadence, fandom, apocalypse—SHOCK AND AWE also tracks glam’s legacy as it unfolded in subsequent decades: from Eighties art-pop icons like Kate Bush, Prince and Morrissey through to 21st Century stars like Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.   More about the book.... 



SHEFFIELD  Tuesday October 4th  - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words)

in conversation with Lee Ford (BBC Radio Sheffield) 

+  Q & A  
+   showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

venue:  The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Student's Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG       

tickets and info - 0114 22 33 777 – info http://offtheshelf.org.uk/

LONDON  Wednesday October 5th   - 7 pm - 10 pm

in conversation with Alexis Petridis (Guardian)

 + Q & A 

film / glam video clips 

+ DJ Simon Price

venue: The Forge, 3–7 Delancey Street, Camden, London, NW1 7NL

tickets and info – 0207 383 7808 - http://www.forgevenue.org/

MANCHESTER  Thursday October 6th    -  18.45 pm (doors open) pm - 10 pm

in conversation with Bob Stanley (author of Yeah Yeah Yeah

+ Q & A
+ showing of Marc  Bolan movie T. Rex: Born To Boogie

venue: Home, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First St, Manchester M15 4FN

tickets and info  - 0161 200 1500 - http://homemcr.org/


BROOKLYN - DUMBO  Thursday October 13th  - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

in conversation with Luc Sante (author of Low Life, The Other Paris + forthcoming book on Lou Reed) 

+ Q & A

venue: Powerhouse, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn , NY 11201

info -  718 666 3049

BROOKLYN – WILLIAMSBURG Friday October 14th - 7pm

in conversation with Mark Dery (author of All The Young Dudes: Why Glam Matters, England My England: Anglophilia Explained, and I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts)  

+ Q & A

venue: Rough Trade NYC,  64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

info - http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

MANHATTAN – MIDTOWN  Monday, October 17th  - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

in conversation with Professor Asif Siddiqi (author of Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race and The Rockets' Red Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination)  

+  glam video clips 
+  Q & A
venue: Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, Pope Memorial Auditorium
Lowenstein Center - 155 W. 60th St., New York, NY 10023 (Corner of 60th St. and 9th Ave.)

this event is open to the general public.


LOS FELIZ  Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

in conversation with Dean Wareham (author  Black Postcards: A Memoir /Dean & Britta /
Luna etc)
+  Q & A

venue: Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont, Los Angeles CA 90027

More US events to be announced....