This is Memorial Device

David Keenan

£8.99

Ollie says: 

Keenan’s debut novel follows the 2016 reissue of shop favourite England’s Hidden Reverse, his epic history of the esoteric musical underground of the 1980s, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is the oral history of Memorial Device, a Lanarkshire post-punk band of mythical misfits and sideways dropouts, as told by those involved. Clear chronology is largely eschewed in favour of kaleidoscopic fragments of violence, punk, sex, psychosis, and the fertile misery of small-town life—all constantly sliding against each other, at once illuminating and obscuring the bigger picture. Hilarious and bewildering in equal measure, this will bring to mind David Foster Wallace as its closest point of reference, but ultimately Keenan is operating in a zone largely uncluttered by familiar signposts.

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Ross Raymond and Johnny McLaughlin are two fanboys dedicated to the Airdrie post-punk scene of the early ’80s – the glory years – when anything and everything seemed possible. Looking back on that time – the people, the bands, the underground legends – they piece together a story which has at its core Memorial Device, the greatest band you’ve never heard of. Featuring a cast of misfits, artists, drop-outs, small-town visionaries and musicians, This Is Memorial Device is a dark, witty novel depicting a moment where art and the demands it makes are as serious as life itself.

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Weight0.241 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 13.1 × 1.8 cm
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