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• • • End of Year Round-Up
The Aesthetic Minx keeping abreast of the latest art-world iniquities.
• Forthcoming from Savoy
David Britton's new Lord Horror novel Razor King is finished and will be published in Spring 2017. For the new book Kris Guidio has supplied sixty-four pages of full colour illustrations in which he pays tribute to two of Savoy's favourite artists, James Cawthorn and Ken Reid. Michael Butterworth edits the dense horror; John Coulthart designs. These twenty-five chapters of otherworldly deviance set in the two-gun Wild West of Auschwitozaliala bring the Lord Horror series of novels to its unnatural end.
Contracts have been signed with major Russian company AST Publishing for The Lord Horror Trilogy. This will be an omnibus edition of the first three novels: Lord Horror, Motherfuckers: The Auschwitz of Oz and Baptised in the Blood of Millions. Max Nemstov, translator of JD Salinger and Thomas Pynchon, has been given the task of converting these wayward books into Russian. Tentatively scheduled for publication in the summer of next year, The Lord Horror Trilogy constitutes the first major publication of the novels outside the UK.
In July, Savoy commissioned recent Manchester Metropolitan University Masters' graduate Jonathan Barlow to undertake a critical overview of the Lord Horror canon. Tentatively titled By Gas Mask and Fire Hydrant: The Novels of David Britton, Barlow's book is planned to contain previously unseen photographs and other visual material. A new addition to the Savoy family, Jonathan was first encountered by Savoy at The Science Fiction 'New Wave' at Fifty Conference at the East Anglia University in May 2014. His paper 'Fractured Narratives and Mutable Characters in Lord Horror: Reverbstorm' was reprised in expanded form for the debut screening of Gareth Jackson's film Lord Horror: The Dark and Silver Age at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in August 2014. Film performance and accompanying talks were part of the Butterworth Exhibition, curated by The Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books. Barlow's thesis, Rock'n'Roll and Auschwitz Spell Lord Horror: Challenging Holocaust Piety in the Novel of David Britton, was completed in 2016. His article 'New Wave Swords & Sorcery: Jerry Cornelius and Lord Horror' will appear in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. We were impressed. The obvious candidate to do a new book on Our Man Horror.
Still from Lord Horror: The Dark and Silver Age
• Projects underway
We are still at work on our Fenella Fielding recordings. Those yet to be released include selected extracts from Michael Moorcock's An Alien Heat, a reading of 'Love' (the opening chapter to Michael's book on Mervyn Peake), an incisive reading from JG Ballard's Crash as well as tracks left over from the album Fenella Fielding: The Savoy Sessions.
• Savoy e-books
Several sought-after titles from the Savoy back catalogue (such as Zenith and Engelbrecht) are planned for electronic publication in the near future. No date has yet been set, but the new line is also scheduled to include a long out-of-print Michael Moorcock title, to be announced.
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• • • Berlin reading of The Blue Monday Diaries: In the Studio With New Order, Michael Butterworth's new book
Mike will be reading from his book at:
Posh Teckel Bar, Neukölln, Berlin, on Saturday 5th November 2016 at 8pm.
The reading will be followed by questions and answers, and a book signing where copies of the book may be purchased. The evening will continue with music by DJ Frank Blümel. If you are in Berlin come along for a great night, and say hello to Mike. More information about the Diaries can be found in the publication announcement below.
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• • • Another Savoy author incarcerated
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Strangely, no mention is made in the report of Dave's work as respected author, editor and publisher of longstanding of such media luminaries as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, James Williamson, JG Ballard, Ramsey Campbell, Colin Wilson, HP Lovecraft and others, in his various imprints Oneiros Books, the internet magazine Paraphilia Magazine he co-founded and the titles he packaged for James Havoc's Creation Books press. Dave's enduring admiration for HP Lovecraft was best extolled in his publication for Creation Books, The Starry Wisdom.
Oh David, why did you do it?
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• • • The Blue Monday Diaries: In the Studio with New Order
A Tale of Two Cities
Not a Savoy book, but a grand boon companion. Inside this record of Michael's days with New Order in the Britannia Row studios during the time they cut 'Blue Monday' runs the parallel story of Savoy's days in central Manchester at the same time as Factory Records.
The early Factory Records and Savoy Books cross-pollinated one another. Michael's book sets the record straight, at one point mentioning to his readers, "Factory has gone, but Savoy is still here."
In a day-by-day, minute-by-minute diary, Michael—who was there at the invitation of the band and their manager Rob Gretton—documents the making of New Order's second studio album and the 12-inch single it spawned.
Photo by Sarajane Inkster
Other people and subjects meander through his narrative including Ian Curtis, Michael Moorcock and Linda Steele, PJ Proby (lots of him), Peter Saville, Malcolm Whitehead, Claude Bessy (who used Savoy-supplied visuals, from comic books to hardcore weirdness, in his role as official Haçienda video jock), Fenella Fielding, Michael Johnson, Open Head Press, the Altrincham music scene. Most of all, the Savoy bookshops themselves—purveyors of literature, comics, bootlegs and independent records in the 1970s and 80s to the Factory and Manchester music scenes.
The Blue Monday Diaries: In the Studio with New Order
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• • • The Cramps at the Haçienda
The Cramps at the Haçienda
Savoy Music 2015
Savoy were present at a packed Haçienda 31 years ago, a nightclub which, for all its status as a local legend, seldom witnessed sights as wild and ecstatic as this. Lux Interior, Poison Ivy and Nick Knox were touring the UK for the second time that year, and were consequently at the peak of their considerable powers. A natural and charismatic showman, Lux made the seething crowd an extension of a performance that pushed itself to the edge of outright mania: stripped to the waist, cajoling, back-talking, and stage-diving repeatedly. At the climax he disappeared into the melée to surface at the foot of a pillar where a blue light blazed: while the band thundered away behind him Lux bellowed that he could see Jesus Christ. Given the intensity of the evening, he probably could.
Ivy has always been one of the world's great rock'n'roll guitarists, and was on exceptional form that night, flame-haired and scowling. Nick Knox's locomotive rhythms pulsed with a voodoo reverberation through the crowd; easy to see why Ringo Starr once declared The Cramps to be his favourite band.
The band is no more but records such as this remain, and this was a night to treasure and be astonished by: the last great rock'n'roll outfit in all their incandescent fury. Without the efforts of Linda Dutton this performance might have been lost when the Haçienda video crew showed no interest in taping the event. Linda commandeered a camera and began filming.
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• • • Guidio / Moorcock: interviewed and interrupted at YouTube
The Pope of Trash—John Waters—and Baron von Guidio meeting in Liverpool
In 2006 Savoy and Excalibur Films arranged the first full-length filmed interview with Savoy artist Kris Guidio. Kris is seen in conversation with the actress Kath Godfrey in the artistic splendour of his Liverpool lair, part of an ongoing series of short videos recording the people and places of Savoy. Who wouldn't love to live in an apartment that looks like this?
Cover for The Vengeance of Rome, PM Press 2013
And from 1992, another Savoy video made in conjunction with Excalibur Films. This records a reading at The Conservatory, St. Giles High Street, London, that was part of a tour undertaken by Michael Moorcock to promote his Colonal Pyat books. The video is also the only filmed record of character actor the late Freddie Earlle in his role as the splenetic, self-aggrandising and delusional Pyat, a unique interpretation of the character. Michael joins Freddie as authorial foil. Peter Ackroyd and Andrea Dworkin are seated in the audience; Michael's agent at the time, Giles Gordon, may be seen standing at the bar.
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• • • Long Gone Kim
Mr. Fowley by Mr. Guidio
The original Hollywood trashman Kim Fowley died of 'cancer' ("funniest sound I've ever heard") on Jan 15th, 2015 at the age of seventy-five. Over recent years his Ichabod Crane cancer/polio emaciation only added to his image of King Weird. His extraordinary life was lived to his own rules. We admired not only his tenacity but the unique knowledge he gained first hand by travelling all the most fascinating byways of rock'n'roll.
Kim Fowley was the man in the know we went to for sleeve notes when finishing our Fenella Fielding Savoy Sessions CD. We felt certain he'd get the connections, the uniqueness, the spin of the unconventional, and the crazy warpedness of the project. We approached him in 2010; he replied back immediately. He'd heard of Savoy and was pleased to be asked. He set about producing what he said would be 'award winning' liner notes for us—and in any other universe they would have been! Over the next few years a fascinating correspondence developed. He talked about relocating to Manchester, and could we put him up in Dave's spare room? The chance to talk with such a raconteur first hand was beguiling. Unfortunately, before any real action could be taken, Kim's cancer flared and the visit was put on hold till happier days.
Goodbye Kim, it was nice knowing you. We'll meet up again very soon in Rock Valhalla.
With your friend PJ Proby, who you called the best rock'n'roll performer you'd ever seen; with your time in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and your 'Help, I'm a rock' vocal; and with your booking Eddie Cochran's last show in America, and calling him the "first real punk rock singer", you'll always be the man to stand with and revere. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow.
Some essential reading at UglyThings Magazine: 'Kim Fowley: Sins & Secrets of the Silver Sixties', the definitive interview from 2001.
|P R E V I O U S B U L L E T I N S
August 2013December 2014: Invictus Horror / Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds / RIP Colin Wilson / Roger Eagle and Captain Beefheart / More Beefheart / Exhibitionism
May 2012May 2013: Savoy on the move (again) / TS Eliot's Four Quartets read by Fenella Fielding / Sit Down! Listen To This!: The Roger Eagle Story / Lord Horror: Reverbstorm / Goodbye Gus / Reverbstorm reviewed / New CD release: Fenella Fielding reads Colette
April 2011April 2012: La Squab sets sail! / La Squab: The Black Rose of Auschwitz / Fenella Fielding: The Savoy Sessions / Rubric at Savoy
February 2010December 2010: Savoy at Ballardian 2 / Engelbrecht lives to fight another day / Michael Moorcock goes Into the Media Web / News for purchasers of Baptised in the Blood of Millions / Into the Media Web sells out / Don Van Vliet, 1941–2010
January 2009November 2009: Lord Horror in Penny Blood magazine / RIP Lux Interior / Kris Guidio remembers Lux / Kim Fowley delivers sleevenotes for the Fenella album / Baron von Guidio with Space Fairies / Savoy profiled at Ballardian
August 2008December 2008: Savoy music on iTunes / Jim Cawthorn 19292008
September 2007February 2008: The Adventures of Little Lou by Lucy Swan published / New books announced: Moorcock's Into the Media Web and a new edition of Engelbrecht / Savoy signs with online music distributer The Orchard
May 2007September 2007: The Fenella Fielding sessions continued: a studio filled with an array of talent / Kris Guidio: The new montage photo-shoot / Coming soon: Horror Panegyric / Jim Cawthorn
May 2005December 2006: More squibs from La Squab / Isis of the Aethyr! / More from the Terrible Twins / Sieg Heil Iconographers in print / The Love Sessions / Mitchell book wins award / Moorcock in conversation with Alan Moore
July 2004-January 2005: Fenella news / The Odyssey of a Dogged Optimist / Savoy on Banned in Britain / Fuck Off And Die in print
November 2003-March 2004: A Serious Life / Fuck Off And Die / More Fenella / The Adventures of Little Lou
October 2002-March 2003: Pipped to the post / A Tea Dance at Savoy / Hoogstraten announcement / Fenella again
June 2002-August 2002: Arcturus published / Fenella! / Here we go again
October 2001-January 2002: The Killer published / Jim Leon-RIP
April-September 2001: New links and updates / Zenith the Albino published
February-March 2001: New Lord Horror novel / New Proby picture galleries
November-December 2000: New picture galleries / Engelbrecht triumphs
August-October 2000: Website upgraded / Zenith announcement / New Britton novel
June 2000: New book line announced / Reverbstorm #7 published
November 1999: John Coulthart's The Haunter of the Dark
October 1999: Savoy on the move
June 1999: Savoy comics seized and then released
July 1998: PJ Proby rip-offs alert
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