Rocket 88

Spirit Of Talk Talk

THE SPIRIT OF TALK TALK

– Paperback edition

by James Marsh, Chris Roberts, Toby Benjamin
Preface by Simon Brenner

A richly illustrated, beautifully designed and now extended book celebrating the music and art of the legendary Talk Talk

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The book

The original limited edition classic and deluxe editions of Spirit Of Talk Talk sold out within weeks of going on sale in 2012. But here, for the first time, is a new, expanded paperback edition of the book that Mojo called “a thing of beauty”.

As well as including all of the content of that first edition—James Marsh’s exquisite, classic and previously unseen artwork, interviews, rare photographs and a biography of the band by Chris Roberts—there are 24 pages of new content including an extensive preface from founding member Simon Brenner, and exclusive interviews with a host of people connected to the band, among them musicians, engineers and musical collaborators (see “contributors” section)

Plus, there’s a new introduction from Phill Brown, the studio engineer who worked on Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock, and Mark Hollis, and a wealth of new, unseen photographs and memorabilia taken from Simon Brenner’s personal archive.

This new paperback edition of Spirit Of Talk Talk will only be available here.
Simon Brenner has agreed to sign the first copies so pre-order NOW to be certain of getting your copy on publication in October.

Key points

  • Enhanced edition of the long sold-out hardback

  • Includes a new, extensive Preface written by Talk Talk founder member Simon Brenner

  • Contains previously unseen images from Simon Brenner’s archive

  • Plus, recently discovered photos from early Talk Talk gigs

  • pre-order NOW to ensure you get a copy signed by Simon Brenner

Why pre-order?

  • Avoid disappointment – the first hardback edition sold out very quickly

  • Copies signed by Simon Brenner will be limited in number, and demand for them high

  • We’ll keep you fully up to date with any developments as the book goes through production

  • It will not be sold in stores

The paperback edition introduces a wealth of new, unseen photographs and memorabilia, much of it very early, this is just a small selection of images from the 1982 tour of the USA, there is much, much more:

The new edition includes new contributions from:

  • Barry Mead
    Talk Talk Tour manager, ’84-'86
  • Dave Ambrose
    EMI Publishing/EMI Records Director
  • Rupert Black
    keyboards player
  • Warne Livesey
    co-writer on Mark Hollis' solo album
  • Ashley Goodall
    EMI A&R
  • Phil Spalding
    bassist on The Last Time, 1983
  • Phil Ramacon
    keyboard player and co-writer of The Colour of Spring on Mark Hollis' solo album

  • Shaun Lambdin
    assistant engineer, Spirit of Eden
  • Simon Edwards
    bassist on Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock
  • Jeep Hook
    guitarist for 1984 tours
  • Richard Skinner
    radio and television broadcaster

In addition to existing contributions from:

  • Guy Garvey
    MUSICIAN WITH ELBOW
  • Robert Plant
    MUSICIAN WITH LED ZEPPELIN
  • Richard Wright
    MUSICIAN WITH PINK FLOYD
  • Paul Hartnoll
    MUSICIAN WITH ORBITAL
  • Alan Wilder
    MUSICIAN WITH DEPECHE MODE, NOW RECOIL
  • Richard Reed Parry
    MUSICIAN WITH ARCADE FIRE AND BELL ORCHESTRE
  • Nick McCabe
    MUSICIAN WITH THE VERVE AND THE BLACK SHIPS
  • Sir Peter Blake
    PIONEER OF POP ART
  • Luke Rhinehart
    AUTHOR OF THE DICE MAN
  • Ray Bradbury
    NOVELIST
  • Olly Knights
    MUSICIAN WITH TURIN BRAKES
  • Karl Hyde
    MUSICIAN WITH UNDERWORLD
  • James Lavelle
    MUSICIAN WITH U.N.K.L.E.
  • Sean Carey
    MUSICIAN WITH BON IVER
  • Richard Barbieri
    MUSICIAN WITH JAPAN AND PORCUPINE TREE
  • Jimi Goodwin
    MUSICIAN WITH DOVES
  • Jason Lytle
    MUSICIAN WITH GRANDADDY AND ADMIRAL RADLEY
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE
    FASHION DESIGNER
  • Mark Radcliffe
    DJ, AUTHOR, MUSICIAN
  • Gideon Coe
    DJ AND JOURNALIST
  • Tom Dumont
    MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER WITH NO DOUBT
  • Joan Wasser
    AKA JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN
  • Matt Johnson
    MUSICIAN WITH THE THE
  • David Laurie
    MD OF SOMETHING IN CONSTRUCTION
  • Jamie Johnston
    THE SHIPPING FORECAST MUSIC COMPANY
  • Emmanuel Guill
    on TALK TALK FAN
  • Steven Vertel
    AKA DAMMERSON VAUGHAN
  • Simon Williams
    FOUNDER OF FIERCE PANDA RECORDS
  • Kristian Dunn
    MUSICIAN WITH EL TEN ELEVEN
  • Jennifer Otter
    LECTURER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON
  • Neil Mason
    JOURNALIST
  • Steve Hogarth
    MUSICIAN WITH MARILLION
  • Kenny Anderson
    AKA KING CREOSOTE
  • Gala Wright
    DAUGHTER OF RICHARD WRIGHT
  • Dean Owens
    MUSICIAN WITH THE FELSONS
  • Graham Sutton
    MUSICIAN WITH BARK PSYCHOSIS
  • Nils Frahm
    COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, PRODUCER
  • Martin A. Egan
    SINGER, SONGWRITER, ARTIST
  • David Torn
    COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN
  • Paul Melia
    MUSICIAN AND SOLO ARTIST
  • Tim Elsenburg
    MUSICIAN WITH SWEET BILLY PILGRIM
  • Gale Paridjanian
    MUSICIAN WITH TURIN BRAKES
  • Minco Eggersman
    MUSICIAN WITH THE SPIRIT THAT GUIDES US
  • Paul Hegarty and Martin Halliwell
    AUTHORS OF BEYOND AND BEFORE
  • Ian Ball
    MUSICIAN WITH GOMEZ
  • Crofton Orr
    MUSICIAN WITH KATANGO
  • Crispin Hunt
    MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER WITH THE LONGPIGS
  • Kurran Karbal
    MUSICIAN WITH KURRAN & THE WOLFNOTES
  • Adam Wiltzie
    MUSICIAN WITH STARS OF THE LID
  • Simon Parker
    MUSICIAN WITH VILLAREAL
  • Charles Cave
    MUSICIAN WITH WHITE LIES
  • D. James Goodwin
    MUSICIAN, ENGINEER, PRODUCER
  • Jelle Kuiper
    SOUND MANAGER FOR SIGUR RÓS
  • Kevin Drew
    MUSICIAN WITH BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
  • Lee Jasper
    MUSICIAN WITH CUSP
  • Matthias Vogt
    MUSICIAN WITH MATTHIAS VOGT TRIO
  • David ‘Kid’ Jensen
    RADIO DJ
  • Paul Marshall
    MUSICIAN WITH LONE WOLF
  • Steve Beckett
    CO-FOUNDER OF WARP RECORDS
  • Phil Reis
    PERCUSSIONIST ON ‘HAPPINESS IS EASY’ AND LIVE 1986
  • Jonathan Meiburg
    MUSICIAN WITH SHEARWATER
  • Glen Phillips
    MUSICIAN WITH TOAD THE WET SPROCKET
  • Mark Feltham
    HARMONICA PLAYER ON THE COLOUR OF SPRING, SPIRIT OF EDEN, AND LAUGHING STOCK
  • Phill Brown
    ENGINEERED SPIRIT OF EDEN AND LAUGHING STOCK
  • Denis Blackham
    MASTERED IT’S MY LIFE, THE COLOUR OF SPRING, SPIRIT OF EDEN, AND MARK HOLLIS
  • Henrik H. Aakjaer
    WEBMASTER AT WITHIN WITHOUT FANSITE
  • David Mitchell
    MUSICIAN WITH DO MAKE SAY THINK
  • Mike Weis
    MUSICIAN WITH ZELIENOPLE
  • David Hickey
    TALK TALK FAN
  • Laurence Osborne
    AKA APPLEBLIM
  • Jimmy Arfosea
    MUSICIAN WITH LES AUTRES AND LOLEK
  • Rob Allum
    MUSICIAN WITH TURIN BRAKES
  • Justin Small
    MUSICIAN WITH DO MAKE SAY THINK
  • Shara Worden
    MUSICIAN WITH MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
  • Tim Bowness
    MUSICIAN WITH NO-MAN
  • James Diers
    MUSICIAN WITH HALLOWEEN, ALASKA
  • Jamie Cameron
    MUSICIAN WITH THE LAST DINOSAUR
  • Markus Acher
    MUSICIAN WITH THE NOTWIST
  • Stanton Warren
    MUSICIAN WITH AVONDALE AIRFORCE AND VENTURE LIFT
  • Stephen Humphries
    FILM AND MUSIC JOURNALIST
  • Patrick G. Wilson
    MUSICIAN WITH WEEZER AND THE SPECIAL GOODNESS
  • Richard Adams
    MUSICIAN WITH HOOD AND THE DECLINING WINTER
  • Reine Fiske
    MUSICIAN WITH DUNGEN
  • Ólafur Arnalds
    MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, PRODUCER
  • Tom Rose
    FOUNDER REVEAL RECORDS AND TOM ROSE MUSIC
  • Tom Fleming
    MUSICIAN WITH THE WILD BEASTS
  • Duncan Sheik
    MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER
  • Al Farquhar
    MODERN ART PUBLISHING/MANAGEMENT
  • Sylvie Launay
    POET
  • Cally Callomon
    MUSICIAN, MANAGER, DESIGNER
  • Bruno Galindo
    JOURNALIST AND SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
  • John Connolly
    NOVELIST
  • Matthew J. Tow
    MUSICIAN WITH COLORSOUND, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE LOVETONES
  • Andrew Thorn
    AKA JOÃO PEDRO COIMBRA, MUSICIAN WITH MESA
  • Pete Smith
    LIVE AID WORLDWIDE EVENT COORDINTOR
  • Andrew Hall
    LECTURER AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
  • Sam Coley
    RADIO PRODUCER AND LECTURER
  • Rob Young
    THE WIRE

DISCLAIMER: Spirit of Talk Talk has not been endorsed, authorised, approved, or licensed by Talk Talk, their management, or any affiliated entities or companies. This is an unofficial publication. Visuals displayed on this website are for illustrative purposes only and may differ from the printed book.

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THE BOOK

Who’s publishing the book?
The book is being published by Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works. Based in London, Essential regularly supplies top quality books to major publishers and to individuals all around the world. You can see some of our books here
When will the book be published?
Publication is planned for October 2015 in the UK
Where will I be able to get the book?
The book is currently only available from Rocket 88.
Can I get the book anywhere else?
Not at the moment, it may be available to order from book shops in a few months but it will always be available at the lowest cost here, you will not see it discounted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

PAYMENT

How much does the book cost?
The book is priced at £30. This is approximately $46 USD or €40 EUR, depending on the exchange rate used by your bank or card company. Shipping is calculated according to your address and chosen delivery method, and added at checkout.
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