Renegade: The Lives And Tales Of Mark E. Smith (BOK)
The only way to appreciate the legendary Mark E Smith is to encounter the man in his own words.
'Ranting, raging, burning...relentlessly splenetic, a long and sustained rant... may also be the funniest music book ever written' - Observer
'Unutterably funny...a riot of aimings and blamings and score-settlings. Smith manages to have a right laff, and reveal himself as a figure of dazzling sociological import' - Independent on Sunday
The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands ever, their music - odd, spare, cranky and repetitious - an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E.Smith IS The Fall - 66 members came and went over the years yet he remained its charismatic leader until his death in 2018.
'If it's me and yer granny on bongos, it's The Fall.' - Mark E. Smith
Mark was a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma.There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.