The Wedding Present: Sometimes These Words Just Don’t Have To Be Said


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Published 1st August 2019
448 pages


This fanthology is the first ever authorised book about indie legends The Wedding Present. With an introduction and commentary from band founder and mainstay David Gedge, The Wedding Present: Sometimes These Words Don t Have To Be Said is a collection of over 400 fan memories interspersed with insights from collaborators from across the band s career. These include former band members Peter Solowka, Shaun Charman, Paul Dorrington, Terry De Castro, Simon Cleave, Graeme Ramsay and Patrick Alexander and the band s producers and engineers including Chris Allison, Steve Lyon, Steve Albini and Grammy Award-winning Andrew Scheps.

From David Gedge s school days through to concerts in 2016, the book is packed with full colour images, including many from David s personal archive. It contains stories from a host of celebrity fans, including Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), Mark Burgess (The Chameleons), Martin Noble (British Sea Power), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), John Robb (The Membranes), William Potter (CUD), Rolo McGinty (The Woodentops), Ben Lambert (Carter USM), and bands who have performed at David s annual At The Edge Of The Sea festival.

About the author:

Richard Houghton has compiled ‘fanthologies’ on the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Smiths and The Jam, all of which are compilations of fan memories of seeing these legendary artists live. He compiled the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark publication, Pretending To See The Future. Richard  works for a housing association in the North West of England, supports Northampton Town and Manchester City football clubs, walks his dog and go to gigs.


Additional information

Weight 0.868 kg
Dimensions 18.9 × 24.6 × 2.3 cm
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Great book, with contributions from David Gedge throughout, interspersed with many stories from fans, former band members and celebrity fans covering the last 30 years.
-Amazon 5 Stars
A book of a different kind, contributions by fans and the band form a well-rounded intimate portrait of The Wedding Present and other ventures.
-Amazon 5 Stars
The perfect book for any Wedding Present fan. Great cover photo, great title (from one of my favourite songs), choc-a-bloc full of lovely photos (even David as a schoolboy!) and nearly 450 pages of anecdotes from fans and stories from band members themselves.
-Amazon 5 Stars
I'm been a Wedding Present fan for over 30 years and a collector of music books and biographies. When I heard about the project to pull this book together I hoped it would be amazing, and it is. It's so much more than your average (or above average) book written by or about an artist. Firstly it's both, the story of the band told chronologically by the band themselves and the also the fans... Illustrated throughout there are 'cuttings' from the earliest of times to the present day, reports from local papers, music papers etc... then there are photographs, most of which have never been seen before from the private collections of the band and fans I really really can't rate this book highly enough, if you're a fan of the band it's essential... do yourself a favour and buy it!
-Amazon 5 Stars
Reading the stories and memories contained within is a real joy and it somehow manages to combine them with interviews from band members, clips from press articles, old fanzines and stunning never before seen photos etc without once losing it's narrative thread. The design of the book is simply first class too and anyone who can remember eagerly reading the band's own Invasion Of The Wedding Present magazine or reading NME / Sounds / Melody Maker interviews with them will be astonished that the sensation is now recaptured in a beautiful 'coffee table' book with a quality more akin to something you'd find in an art gallery shop! In short this is the book that many fans have dreamed of for years and I urge you to buy it immediately!!!.
-Amazon 5 Stars