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Strange Attractor publishes photographic companion to England's Hidden Reverse

Ruth Bayer documents key players of the English post-punk underground in Skipping To Armageddon: Photographs Of Current 93 & Friends

Strange Attractor Press has published a monograph documenting the English underground titled Skipping To Armageddon: Photographs Of Current 93 & Friends. Featuring a selection of photos by music photographer Ruth Bayer, the collection dates back to 1987 and spans more than three decades up to 2015 and covers Current 93 founder David Tibet, Marc Almond, Little Annie, John Balance, Peter Christopherson, Cyclobe, Shirley Collins, Baby Dee, Steven Stapleton, Tiny Tim, among many others. Strange Attractor sees it as a companion volume to the recently published and updated second edition of David Keenan’s England’s Hidden Reverse, says publisher and Wire contributor Mark Pilkington.

The book includes texts by Bayer and David Tibet, as well as an introduction by novelist Michel Faber. “Like much of the music made by the artists who entrusted her to reflect their mercurial spirits, Bayer’s pictures are magic,” writes Faber.

London based Austrian photographer Bayer’s work has appeared in many music and style magazines over the past two decades, most recently in the 2015 publication The Play Goes On: The Rituals Of The Rainbow Bridge by Jean M Williams and Zachary Cox.

Skipping To Armageddon: Photographs Of Current 93 & Friends will be published in the first week in October, but you can pre-order your copy now via Strange Attractor Press.