Celeste Bell spent much of her childhood living on a Hare Krishna farm in the Hertfordshire countryside with her mother, who converted to the religion in the 1980s. Celeste made the decision to leave the movement at a young age and went to live with her grandmother in Brixton, South London. After completing her degree in English and History from Queen Mary College, Celeste settled in Madrid where she formed her own ska-punk band, Debutant Disco/The Tabloid Queens. After finishing a master’s degree in Political Philosophy from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Celeste returned to London to work alongside writer Zoe Howe Day Glo: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene. Celeste and Zoe then went on to join forces with director Paul Sng making a documentary film to accompany the book, Poly Styrene: I am a clichè. Apart from managing her mothers artistic estate, Celeste also works as a part time lecturer in English. Celeste is currently developing a documentary film and book about her experiences in the Hare Krishna movement, with the working title of Mr Gorbarchev and The Krishna Kids.
Writer, artist and musician Zoë Howe is the author of acclaimed music biographies Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story (in collaboration with Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell), Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, Barbed Wire Kisses – The Jesus & Mary Chain Story, Wilko Johnson – Looking Back At Me, Lee Brilleaux – Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman and Stevie Nicks – Visions, Dreams & Rumours to name a few, and her debut novel Shine On, Marquee Moon was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2016. Zoë also worked with Celeste Bell and director Paul Sng on the Poly Styrene documentary I Am A Cliché (release 2020). Musically, Zoë has worked with Viv Albertine, Mick Jones, Steve Beresford, Charli XCX, Kelly Osbourne, Anne Pigalle, Helen McCookeryBook, The Plan and others. www.zoehowe.com /www.zoehoweartist.com
Saturday 9 Nov | 8.00pm
Thurston Moore is founder of the New York rock band Sonic Youth. He has over the last ten years produced five major solo albums including Demolished Thoughts Chelsea Light Moving, The Best Day, Rock n Roll Consciousness, and his latest 3-volume album entitled SPIRIT COUNSEL which features solo work, band work as well as a symphonic compositions for twelve guitarists. Thurston has held artist residencies at The Louvre in Paris, France and at The Venice Biennale in Italy. He is a professor of music at The Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2016 Thurston published ‘Stereo Sanctity: Selected Lyrics & Poems’ which features the lyrics he penned in Sonic Youth and as a solo recording artist and with his own Group.
Eva Prinz is a book editor and curator based in London. She has worked in the most prestigious art publishing houses in the world including Taschen, Rizzoli and Abrams. As an Editor of Fine Art Books she has edited museum catalogues, artist monographs as well as memoirs of artists, musicians, fashion designers and photographers. Ten years ago Eva Prinz & Thurston Moore started their own imprint under the moniker ECSTATIC PEACE LIBRARY. Since 2012 they have taught a summer writing programme at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado — a school founded by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg in 1974. In 2018 Eva & Thurston founded The Daydream Library Series, a new record label dedicated to new music including SISTAHS by the London feminist punk trio Big Joanie.
Sunday 10 Nov | 2.00pm
Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heart-breaking.
Equally so her first book, ‘Not Me’, an impish and poetic exploration of trauma and the life of a touring musician, praised by three of Dissard’s favorite authors, Mitch Cullin (‘Tideland’), Chris Rush (‘The Light Years’) and Andrew
A courageous book of unflinching compassion, ‘Not Me’ is available from October 15th, 2019 as paperback (first edition is high quality-printed by CPI Antony Rowe UK), audiobook (read by the author) and eBook, with a cover design by noted British designer Jamie Keenan.
We will have copies of Marianne’s book ‘Not Me’ available over the #Louder2019 weekend.
A vivid inner record of universal interest, Dissard’s ‘often improbably funny memoir’ (Andrew Smith), ‘not just painfully but viscerally, brutally honest’ (producer John Parish), will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to maintain physical and psychological well-being.
Saturday 9 Nov | 12.00noon
Cathi Unsworth has written six pop-cultural noir novels: That Old Black Magic, Without The Moon, Weirdo, Bad Penny Blues, The Singer and The Not Knowing. She started out on Sounds and has since written for Bizarre, Fortean Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Mojo and Sight and Sound. More at www.cathiunsworth.co.uk
Icon, muse, catalyst and the most recognisable face of punk, Jordan was described as ‘the first Sex Pistol’ by Derek Jarman, Jon Savage and those who dared to walk up to 430 King’s Road from 1975-81. The public face of SEX, Seditionaries and World’s End; the motivating force behind Jubilee and the first manager of The Ants – these are just some of her achievements.