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David Keenan launches expanded study of the esoteric underground

Book launch for the revised and expanded edition of David Keenan’s England's Hidden Reverse

On 21 February David Keenan will launch the revised and expanded edition of his book England's Hidden Reverse at London's Cafe Oto. Originally published in 2003, the book explores the history of the English esoteric underground through the works of Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93, among others. Out of print for more than ten years, the original edition has since become a collector’s item. The updated publication comes with two new chapters, including “Crime Calls For Night”, which is described by this second edition’s publisher Strange Attractor as a “daring argument that traces the transgressive urge that animates industrial culture all the way from Palaeolithic cave art through rock ’n’ roll and punk rock and up to contemporary noise music”; and a final summing up of how the culture has changed gear since the title was first published.

The launch event will feature Keenan presenting a talk based on the “Crime Calls For Night” chapter, a DJ set from Helm that promises to be of “industrial strength”, a selection of film screenings connected to early industrial culture, as well as a panel discussion with Keenan, Jill Westwood (Fistfuck/The Wound), Ken Hollings and more TBC. Strange Attractor Press will also be there with copies of the book fresh for signing.

England's Hidden Reverse book launch takes place on 21 February, London Cafe Oto, £4.