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Read & Burn: A Book On Wire published by Jawbone

Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman and Robert Gotobed's output as Wire is being surveyed in a huge book by Wilson Neate, author of the 33 1/3 book on Wire's Pink Flag.

In his intro, in the spirit of Wire's negative rule set ("No solos; no decoration; when the words run out, it stops; we don’t chorus out; no rocking out; keep it to the point; no Americanisms.") Neate states that the book was not read, vetted or approved by the group; that it is not a biography of the group, or about their solo projects; that it does not provide a comprehensive discography or forensically dissect Wire's back catalogue.

What it does include is the result of over 100 hours of interviews plus email correspondence, conducted between 2007–2011 (after Gilbert's departure in 2004) with Gilbert, Lewis, Newman and Gotobed, plus others associated with the group. The page count is as yet unconfirmed - all we know is that it's going to be big (400 pages plus). The foreword is by Minuteman Mike Watt.

Read & Burn: A Book About Wire is scheduled for release in March, covering the group's inception in 1977 up to the present day. More details incoming on the Jawbone site.