Venue Stories - Narratives, Memories, and Histories from Britain’s Independent Music Spaces - Fraser Mann

Venue Stories - Narratives, Memories, and Histories from Britain’s Independent Music Spaces - Fraser Mann

Foreword

Venue Stories - Narratives, Memories, and Histories from Britain’s Independent Music Spaces - Fraser Mann

Emma Warren [+-]
Journalist and Broadcaster
Emma Warren has been documenting culture for decades. She is the author of Mojo 2019 top ten book of the year ‘Make Some Space’ and two pamphlets ‘Document Your Culture’ and Irish Times book of the year ‘Steam Down’ on Rough Trade Books. Her journalism appeared in THE FACE, Guardian and Fader and she spent six years working on youth-run publication Live Magazine. She has a monthly show on Worldwide FM.

Description

Venue Stories is an anthology of creative non-fiction that remembers, celebrates and reinvigorates our complex and plural relationship with small and independent music spaces. Written by musicians, promoters, fans and academics who have a shared passion for small music venues and musical cultures in all their splendid variety, this anthology features memoir, essays, life writing, historiography and autoethnography. Each chapter is united by a focus on the personal, the sensory and half-remembered. These are stories that cross disciplinary lines and blur distinctions between creativity, reportage and critical analysis. Venue Stories pays a visit to the toilet venues, back rooms and ad-hoc club nights that make up so much of our musical landscape. It spends time in small and local venues and asks what they mean in personal and cultural terms. Writers visit celebrated spots, long forgotten spaces and emergent venues. Whatever the lineage, they are independent, original and wonderfully weird. The stories are memories of seismic gigs and life-altering raves. They are mosaic remembrances and recollections; funny, heart-breaking, rage induced and sometimes a combination of all of these things. This is a collection of stories by and for fans, band members, merch sellers, pint pullers, journalists with a freebie, roadies with a backache and sound techs with an earache.

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Warren, Emma . Foreword. Venue Stories - Narratives, Memories, and Histories from Britain’s Independent Music Spaces. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. ix-xi Sep 2023. ISBN 9781800503731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42682. Date accessed: 18 Apr 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42682. Sep 2023

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