Book news August 2021

‘All You Need is Dynamite: Acid, the Angry Brigade & the End of the Sixties’ – the fifth of Dave Haslam’s small format limited edition books in his Art Decades series is published SOON – August 26th 2021. More information here;

‘My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956’ – the fourth book in his Art Decades series was published on October 20th 2020. More information here;

Go here for information on all the books in the series;

Book events

Dave Haslam will be doing various talks, Q&As, and book events throughout 2021. He’ll be discussing his DJing, and his writing – including his memoirs, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester & More’, and his recent books (in his limited edition ‘Art Decades’ series) including ‘Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982’, ‘My Second Home: Sylvia Plath in Paris, 1956’, and the most recent; ‘All You Need is Dynamite: Acid, the Angry Brigade & the End of the Sixties’

Books will be available to buy at all events.

September 2021 Book events (more TBC)

***Thursday September 2nd 2021*** London, 21Soho with guest interviewer Lemn Sissay

***Tuesday September 7th 2021*** Manchester, Central Library with guest Bruce Mitchell. Tickets £6 (£3 concessions)

***Wednesday September 8th 2021*** Glasgow, Broadcast Admission free but pre-registration reqiested

***Thursday September 9th 2021*** West Didsbury, Albert Club

***Saturday September 11th 2021*** Stockport, Rare Mags – 3pm admission free, all welcome

***Sunday September 12th 2021*** Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

***Tuesday September 14th*** Urmston, the Barking Dog

***Thursday September 16th 2021*** Hull, Wrecking Ball with Lucy Nicol

***Friday September 17th 2021*** Whitley Bay, the bound

***Saturday September 18th 2021*** Holmfirth, Read

***Tuesday September 21st 2021*** Sheffield, Cafe#9

***Thursday September 23rd 2021*** Walthamstow, Trades Hall with Paul Gorman


***Saturday August 7th 2021 Dave Haslam DJing at Feniscowles Recreation Ground in Blackburn (early evening set) Info/tickets;

***Friday August 20th 2021 Dave Haslam DJing at the Golden Lion, Todmorden SOLD OUT

***Saturday December 4th 2021 Dave Haslam DJing at the Hop and Hazlewood, Tyldesley. Info/tickets;

Close Up

A series of onstage in-conversations, with Dave Haslam interviewing musicians, writers, actors and artists discussing their life and work. ‘Close Up’ events have featured the likes of writers Jonathan Franzen, Colson Whitehead, Michael Chabon, and Jackie Kay; the artist Jeremy Deller; musicians John Lydon, Kevin Rowland, David Byrne, Jarvis Cocker, Black Francis from the Pixies, Tracey Thorn, Wayne Coyne and Nile Rodgers; and actors John Thomson and Maxine Peake.

This onstage interview series has also gone abroad. In Jan 2014 Dave interviewed Laurent Garnier at the first of a series of ‘Close Up’ events at Silencio, Paris. In April 2016 he interviewed designer Peter Saville at Santeria, Milan. Some transcripts archived here

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