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I’m Not With The Band maps the ups and downs of Sylvia Patterson’s profession, from the moment she arrives off the prepare from Scotland to work at Smash Hits, to declaring she is ‘too old for this’ after a very nasty internet trade with wispy LA band Warpaint. Culture and identification politics, well-liked music as a platform from which to interrogate sexuality and gender, responses to the AIDS crisis and Smith’s own notes on camp and ‘ambisexuality’ are explored in a collection of short however deep and loving essays that are severe but by no means sober.

Despite their years of commitment to the Fall cause, he and his brother Paul appear in a single quick chapter whereas, as Hanley put it, you get pages and pages on some bloke who performed bassoon for one gig. (For Hanley’s full perspective take a look at his own excellent memoir The Big … Read More

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