Post by ME Forum Master on Apr 18, 2012 10:55:57 GMT
And here is the third piece of news today. Robbie has just emailed me to say he is doing an interview this afternoon for a book which is being written by Martin Aston on the complete history of 4ad. Martin has just spent a week with Ivo in the States and its will be an official book which should be a bit of a bible.
Post by ME Forum Master on Apr 23, 2012 14:28:28 GMT
To provide you with more detail on this book I have just been sent the following email by Martin:
Good to hear from you. A quick summary of the book, then. I'm telling the story of 4AD, but more the years from when Ivo and Peter Kent started the label in 1980 up to when Ivo sold his share back to Beggars in 1999 - in other words the years that 4AD became a phenomenon, something that is still revered, adored and influential to the present day. There will be closing chapters on what's happened to the label since Ivo departed, but just as much on what's happened to Ivo and various other characters involved since.
It's the first book I know of on 4AD, and given Factory, Creation and Rough Trade all have books on them, it's about time 4AD got the same treatment. In any case, I've been writing about music for over 25 years, and have written numerous features and reviews of 4AD bands and with Ivo. I have done various press bios on various 4AD signings too, and also the sleevenotes for the 1992 compilation Lilliput. And I wrote the This Mortal Coil feature in MOJO at the end of 2011. So I hope I'm well qualified enough for the commited 4AD fan..
I'm interviewing as many people as possible, including Ivo and Vaughan Oliver (both already done), and every band you can think of, unless someone suddenly doesn't want to take part, but so far, so good.
With such a book, I am more telling the story of 4AD than the story of each and every individual artist and band, however there is much crossover in terms of each artist/band's relationship with the label, at the start and as time went on, and how one impacted on the other.
The book is being published by HarperCollins and should be out summer of 2013, maybe a little earlier if it all works out.
Thanks for the memorabilia. I will be looking at pictures at some point and it's very useful to see the selection of photos, so very useful for research.