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New book by Mark Sinker documents the changing UK music press from the 1960s to the 1980s

Based on a conference that took place in 2015, A Hidden Landscape Once A Week brings together writers, editors and readers of the underground music press

As previously announced, former Wire editor Mark Sinker has edited a book of transcripts from a two day symposium at Birkbeck University of London in 2015 about the changing politics of the UK trade and underground music press of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. It was funded by a Kickstarter in July 2016 and also features additional memoirs, essays and thoughts from participants of the event.

Key contributions have come from Val Wilmer, Richard Williams, David Toop, Bob Stanley, Jon Savage, Cynthia Rose, Penny Reel, Liz Naylor, Charles Shaar Murray, Paul Morley, Paul Gilroy, Simon Frith and many others. And it also features artwork from Wire illustrator Savage Pencil.

A full list of panel discussions that took place can be found on Sinker's website.

A Hidden Landscape Once A Week: The Unruly Curiosity Of The British Music Press From The '60s To The '80s… By Those Who Made It Happen is published by Strange Attractor Press mid-November, and is available to pre-order now.