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Off The Page 2014: Richard King with Mike Darby and Pinch

November 2014

A record shop, roots and Bristol culture: An illustrated talk plus Q&A session on West Country scenes

For more than 25 years the Bristol record shop Revolver functioned with a unique and occasionally hysterical resourcefulness and desire, one that had a subtle but lasting effect on the city and its sound. In his forthcoming book Original Rockers, author Richard King considers the long closed shop as a liminal anteroom to a certain kind of musical consciousness. This illustrated talk drew on some of the ideas explored in the book, in particular the relationship between Revolver and the street level roots music of Bristol in the 1980s.

Following the talk King discussed the legacy of artists such as Talisman and Black Roots in Bristol bass culture with dubstep producer Pinch and Mike Darby, whose Bristol Archive label has curated a definitive Bristol roots catalogue.

Richard King is the author of How Soon Is Now? The Madmen & Mavericks Who Made Independent Music 1975–2005. Original Rockers is due to be published by Faber & Faber in April 2015.

The fourth edition of Off The Page, The Wire’s literary festival for sound and music, took place at Bristol’s Arnolfini, 26–28 September, and was coproduced by The Wire, Arnolfini and Qu Junktions. Audio recording by Gary Fawle at Events in Sound. Photography by Paul Samuel White.

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