This Day In Music Books | Forthcoming


Shaun Ryder

Autumn 2021 sees the publication of our new book about Shaun Ryder. This authorised biography tells Shaun’s story in the words of fans, friends and collaborators and features an exclusive interview with the man himself.

Packed with memorabilia, previously unseen photos and memories from over 400 fans, this is the Happy Mondays and Black Grape story as it’s never been told before, with Shaun William Ryder at its heart.

Featuring contributions from Johnny Marr, Paul Oakenfold, Clint Boon, Keith Lemon, Youth, Steve Osborne, Phil Saxe, Danny Saber, Mike Pickering, Howie B, John Robb, Nigel Pivaro, Jon Ronson, Shed Seven and Yvette Livesey (and with more to come), the book is packed with tales that will have you reaching for your copy of ‘Step On’ and pulling on your flares as you head back to the heady days of Madchester.

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Kim Wilde Pop Don't Stop
Kim Wilde

In May 2021 we are publishing Kim Wilde Pop Don’t Stop: A Biography by Marcel Rijs.

Kim first saw success in 1981 with her debut single “Kids in America”, which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female solo artist. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with a reworked version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, which also topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart.

Worldwide, Kim has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. She holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 1980s, with seventeen UK Top 40 hit singles. Starting in 1998, while still active in music, she has branched into an alternative career as a landscape gardener, which has included presenting gardening shows on the BBC and Channel 4. In 2005, she won a Gold award for her courtyard garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson

We are publishing a book about Harry Nilsson later this year. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Without You’ and Nilsson Schmilsson and include memories and stories of this unique singer-songwriter’s entire career, by fans and musicians.

Born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1941, his paternal grandparents were Swedish circus performers and dancers, especially known for their “aerial ballet” (which is the title of one of Nilsson’s albums). He earned Grammy Awards for two of his recordings; Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male in 1970 for ‘Everybody’s Talkin” and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1973 for ‘Without You’.

So if you have a favourite Harry Nilsson song or a special memory of the man and would like to be involved in the project, please email the authors David Roberts and Neil Watson at [email protected]

Brix Smith
The Fall / Brix Smith

Three years after losing the genius that was Mark E. Smith, and following a wretched year where we’ve all missed live music, a new book project is underway celebrating The Fall, charting the band’s amazing four-decade journey from late ‘70s Prestwich punk roots through recollections from fans, ex-members and others who played a part in their incredible story. But we need your help.

Do you have a tale to tell or memory to impart related to the band’s amazing sonic journey that you’d like to share? The new publication will concentrate on – but not be exclusive to – the period from 1981’s Slates to 1996’s The Light User Syndrome, with Brix Smith curating the project, adding insight into her time with the band and related offshoot outfits.

‘Remember …’ the first time you heard John Peel play ‘Rowche Rumble’ or ‘Totally Wired’? Or maybe ‘Kicker Conspiracy’, ‘Cruiser’s Creek’, or ‘Telephone Thing’ turned your head to The Fall. ‘Remember …’ how you sat transfixed watching that spell-binding national TV debut on The Tube in late ’83, witnessed June ‘85’s Clitheroe Castle headliner, or Manchester’s Cities in the Park in August ’91?

Perhaps you go further back, the touch-paper lit in June ‘77 when The Fall supported Joy Division prototype Warsaw at The Squat, Manchester, or Buzzcocks and Purple Hearts at North East London Poly. Alternatively, it could have been one of several side-projects, an Adult Net, Blue Orchids, Creepers, Extricated or Imperial Wax show inspiring you to head back through the catalogue.

We look forward to hearing from you, via [email protected]