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Off The Page 2014: David Keenan: Crime Calls For Night

November 2014

A phenomenology of transgression in industrial music, by the journalist, author and co-owner of Glasgow’s Volcanic Tongue

This audio-visual talk was triggered by the re-publication by Strange Attractor Press of David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reverse, his landmark study of the UK’s esoteric industrial underground via the key figures of Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93. The talk tracked the sources of Industrial music’s thinking of the ‘unthinkable’, its obsession with secret histories and alternative sources of information, and its history of flirtation with – and sometimes outright embracing of – images of genocide, fascism, serial killers and the nighttime of the 20th century.

David Keenan is a UK music journalist, author and co-owner of Glasgow’s Volcanic Tongue record shop.

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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