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6 Apr

AW60: Before the disco - an evening of talks celebrating the life of Andrew Weatherall

Bobby Gillespie & Andrew Curley
Terry Farley & Cymon Eckel
Lee Brackstone & David Keenan

In Conversation with Helen Mead

Join us before the disco for an evening of talks and conversation celebrating the life and legacy of Andrew Weatherall.

Journalist Helen Mead is joined by three panels of guests for discussions and open conversations reflecting on some key moments in Weatherall's life as he touched some important moments in cultural and musical history.

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and label manager of Andrew's Sabres of Paradise and Emissions Audio Output in the 90s Andrew Curley unite for one talk. Boy’s Own acid house fanzine founders Terry Farley and Cymon Eckel make up the second panel, and publishing legend, formerly of Faber & Faber and founder of White Rabbit Books Lee Brackstone is joined by Scottish writer David Keenan for our third panel.

Please note this is a limited-capacity seated event.


About the speakers

Bobby Gillespie & Andrew Curley
As the singer of Primal Scream Bobby Gillespie will recount the production period when Andrew - along with Hugo Nicolson - was entrusted by the band to rip up the rule book and create their epoch making Screamdelica album. Cited as one of the most influential and important albums of modern times it went on to win the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992. Gillespie and the Scream worked with Andrew again on the ‘Vanishing Point’ album (1997) and - with Keith Tenniswood as Two Lone Swordsmen - on parts of 2002’s ‘Evil Heat’. Andrew Curley was label manager of Andrew’s labels Sabres of Paradise and Emissions Audio Output in the 90s and in the thick of it all when Andrew was running the club nights Sabresonic and Bloodsugar.

Terry Farley and Cymon Eckel
Farley and Eckel founded the Boy’s Own acid house fanzine alongside Andrew and Steve Mayes in 1986. Writing about acid house culture, music and football, Boys’s Own was hugely influential and as a record label released two tracks by the Bocca Juniors which featured Andrew as a co-songwriter. Before the label became Junior Boys Own Andrew sent his partners a demo from a band called The Dust Brothers and urged them to sign them, they would subsequently become known as The Chemical Brothers.

Lee Brackstone and David Keenan
Recognising that Andrew was never without a book Brackstone asked Andrew to become their Artist In Residence at Faber & Faber in 2013 as he recalled, “Literature was oxygen to him.” Brackstone is joined by Scottish writer David Keenan whose debut This Is Memorial Device (2017) Andrew provided a unique soundtrack for (which was only played in public one time). Brackstone now runs White Rabbit books who have published Keenan’s most recent works.

Helen Mead
Helen is a journalist who was at the frontline of acid house culture in the late 80s and 90s, the live editor of the NME (she introduced Primal Scream to Andrew Weatherall when she commissioned him to cover them live) and subsequent supporter of his productions in the paper. She then had continued success in the 90s with her techno-centric Trance Europe Express project for Volume.

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