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Riffs & Meaning: Manic Street Preachers…

& Know Your Enemy – Steve Lee Naish

Sunday 11 Nov  |  10.15am

Despite high and low brow cultural references in their lyrics, sleeve art, and in interviews no in-depth study exists of the MANIC STREET PREACHERS. This book is in some ways a response to that fact, a study of the band through one particular record: Know Your Enemy.

Join author Steve Lee Naish in conversation – and with sounds and visuals to boot, this promises to be a treat of a Louder event…

‘This book brims with passion and insight and care. The syring presence of those qualities ensured that after every five pages or so Naish had me scrambling to hear various Manics songs from across the years.’ Paolo Hewitt, writer and author of Getting High: Adventures with Oasis.

‘The Manic Street Preachers have long been a blind spot for me. In Riffs and Meaning, Stephen Lee Naish does a great service by creating a solid context for the band—how it developed and how it intersected with its rivals and critics (both in the press and on the stage). Centering his attention on one of their thorniest, most sprawling albums, Know Your Enemy, about which even the band has seemed ambivalent, Naish explores how the “untameable child of Manic Street Preachers’ records” was a fundamental work, finally letting them escape the shadow of their lost guitarist/songwriter Richey Edwards and “to forge a different version of the Manic Street Preachers that was almost completely set apart from their previous incarnations.”’ Chris O’Leary, author of Rebel Rebel: The Songs of David Bowie, 1964-1976 (Zero Books) and the upcoming Ashes to Ashes (Repeater Books).

‘Like many bands worth obsessing over, the Manic Street Preachers are virtually unknown here in the States. Who’s to blame? Trump, probably. Luckily, not even blustering political jackholes can silence righteous Manics fans, as Stephen Lee Naish proves with this passionate discourse about a divisive album that you should absolutely listen to again immediately.’ John Sellers, author of Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life.

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