THIS IS MEMORIAL DEVICE: A NovelDAVID KEENAN Book Number: 88268 Product format: Paperback
1983-85 were the glory years in Airdrie - what a joke, right? This novel is a love letter to a small town in Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 70s and early '80s as they were temporarily transformed by post-punk. Here are the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall and detritus of punk rock. The authors of 'This Is Memorial Device' are Ross Raymond and Johnny McLaughlin, two dedicated fanboys whose interactions with the principal players on the scene like Chinese Moon, Steel Teeth and Glass Sarcophagus recreate a story of myth, magic and mundanity. At its core is the story of Memorial Device, perhaps the greatest band you have never heard of, who could have gone all the way were it not for excess and the uncompromising bloody-minded belief that served to confirm them as underground legends. David Keenan conjures a cast of misfits, artists, drop-outs, small-town visionaries and musicians, a moment in modern history where art and the demands it made were as serious as your life. Beautifully believable and appallingly sad, it is for anyone who was attached to their music or a band in these heady times capturing the obsessive, ludicrous pomposity of every music fan's youth. 298pp in paperback.
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