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England’s Hidden Reverse

EHRMT_webA Secret History of the Esoteric Underground
David Keenan
Revised & expanded edition
464 pages, hardback/paperback, 216mm x 156mm
Fully illustrated in colour with 240 images.

* Full colour throughout
* Two new chapters and a significant number of new images
* Cover by Mark Titchner

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Now available in three editions.
We’ve discovered a small quantity of unsold REVERSE editions.


Strange Attractor Press are proud to announce the release of a new revised and expanded edition of David Keenan’s seminal secret history of the UK’s esoteric underground, England’s Hidden Reverse.

 

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* Limited REVERSE Edition, Signed, numbered edition of 350*

A5, Hardback on colour boards, 464pp + enamel pin badge designed by Elijah Burgher

This includes FURFUR, a separate 120-page A5 zine with all new, exclusive interviews and imagery from more provocateurs of the EHR universe: including Alex Binnie, Antal Nemeth, Chris Carter, Colin Potter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Drew McDowall, Gavin Semple, Ivan Pavlov, Jill Westwood, Jordi Valls, Matthew Levi Stevens, Paul Hurst and Christine Glover of Produktion, Robin Rimbaud and more TBC.

Furfur cover design by Elijah Burgher
Limited to 350 copies

£50+ p&p ( £5 UK /£10 EU /£25 ROW )
* we apologise for the expensive ROW postage, but this is the best rate we can find

furfur-webSPECIAL EDITION HARDBACK

A5, Hardback on colour boards, 464pp

This includes FURFUR, a separate 120-page A5 zine with all new, exclusive interviews and imagery from more provocateurs of the EHR universe: including Alex Binnie, Antal Nemeth, Chris Carter, Colin Potter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Drew McDowall, Gavin Semple, Ivan Pavlov, Jill Westwood, Jordi Valls, Matthew Levi Stevens, Paul Hurst and Christine Glover of Produktion, Robin Rimbaud and more TBC.

Furfur cover design by Elijah Burgher
Limited to 1000 copies

£40+ p&p ( £5 UK /£10 EU /£25 ROW )
* we apologise for the expensive ROW postage, but this is the best rate we can find

or £UK cheque made out to Strange Attractor Press and sent to BM SAP, London WC1N 3XX

EHRMT_webStandard, unlimited Paperback Edition Available from all good booksellers priced £20 + pp. Order the paperback here:

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with members of Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93 as well as contemporaries, friends and associates, EHR illuminates a shadowy English underground scene whose work accented peculiarities of Englishness through the links and affinities they forged with earlier generations of the island’s marginals and outsiders, such as playwright Joe Orton, writers like death decadent Eric, Count Stenbock, ecstatic mystic novelist Arthur Machen and occult figures like Austin Osman Spare and Aleister Crowley.


While functioning as an obsessively researched biography of the three interrelated groups EHR also works to track the trajectory of their influences, explicating a reverse current that runs counter to the mainstream. Written over a period of six years and first published in 2003, the book flits between John Balance and Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson of Coil’s original Threshold House in Chiswick and the old boys’ school they later moved to in Weston-super-Mare to Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound’s goat farm and visionary art environment in Cooloorta in Southern Ireland to the roof of a house in Muswell Hill where David Tibet of Current 93 receives a vision of Noddy crucified in the sky. From there it moves further back and faster; to eye witness accounts of early Whitehouse performances; to the formation of Throbbing Gristle and the birth of industrial music; to the last moments of the visionary painter Charles Sims; to Angus MacLise, ex-of the Velvet Underground, casting his poem Year as a work of elementary magic; to Shirley Collins, AE Housman and Denton Welch’s visions of England in eternity.

Long out of print and with the first edition demanding serious money from collectors, this much-anticipated expanded edition comes completely redesigned, with many new and previously unseen photographs and ephemera. It also comes with two new chapters, a final summing up of how the Reverse has changed gear since the book was first published and a new Chapter Zero entitled Crime Calls For Night where Keenan presents a daring argument that traces the transgressive urge that animates industrial culture all the way from Palaeolithic cave art through rock n roll and punk rock and up to contemporary noise music.

About the Author
David Keenan is an author and critic based in Glasgow Scotland. He has been a regular contributor to The Wire magazine for the past 20 years. From 2005 to 2015 he co-ran Volcanic Tongue, an online retailer and magazine dedicated to the enthused presentation of contemporary underground music. His debut This Is Memorial Device was published by Faber in 2017.