Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall


Faber Social have recently announced the acquisition of Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, edited by Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley, for publication in March 2021.

Contributors confirmed include Adelle Stripe, Stewart Lee, Elain Harwood, Dan Fox, Mark Sinker, Sian Pattenden, and Sukhdev Sandhu.

Over the course of their forty-year career, which ended abruptly forever on 24 January 2018, The Fall were consistently one of the most fascinating and unique groups Britain has ever produced, and frontman Mark E Smith was arguably the country’s sharpest lyricist. This will be the definitive book on The Fall’s world.

Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall will be a compendium of new essays, shorter reflections, original artwork, lyrics and previously unpublished ephemera working around the subject of “the world of The Fall”, rather than a biography of the group itself. It will illuminate the various corners of The Fall’s world, their reference points, lyrical concerns, their influences and, as a whole, it will demonstrate why their worldview offers something so important to British culture. Illustrated with maps, timelines and graphics Excavate will act as a guide to help you navigate Mark E Smith’s idiosyncratic world.

Bob Stanley is the author of Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop (Faber 2013), and Too Darn Hot (Faber, forthcoming), and has written for the Guardian, The Times, NME and The Face. He is also a film-maker, and founding member of the group Saint Etienne. He was Writer in Residence at the British Library in 2017.

Tessa Norton writes regularly about art, books and music for various publications including The Wire, and for exhibitions and events including Liverpool Biennial and The Tetley. Throughout 2018 she was an artist in residence at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire, working on a book about art and parenthood (forthcoming in 2019).


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