A Light That Never Goes Out: American publication and media updates

December 4, and A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths is published in the US of A by Crown Archetype/Random House. This exciting moment comes on the back of an extremely busy two weeks promoting the UK edition (published in September there by William Heinemann) with events and interviews in both London and Manchester. As a result of this two-continent pincer approach, there are all manner of new reviews, features, interviews and other online paraphernalia for you to peruse at your leisure, should you so care. The list that follows below is one I plan on updating as it goes along, at least over the next couple of weeks.

A photo from the Smiths panel we put together at the British Music Experience, Wednesday November 21. Left to right: Steve Lamacq, Grant Showbiz, Stephen Street, yours truly.

Reviews, Interviews, Broadcasts etc:

Interview with WNYC’s Soundcheck
Video of book event in Woodstock with music by Grasshopper and Robert Burke Warren.
Blog post by Robert Burke Warren on Woodstock book event
Interview with Salon.
Video of book event in Brooklyn with Rob Sheffield.
Review in the Austin Chronicle
Review in Newsday.
Interview with Village Voice
Playlist to accompany A Light That Never Goes Out at Large Hearted Boy
Review of A Light That Never Goes Out in Slate. (Check the comments; they are most entertaining.)
Interview with Entertainment Weekly
Review of A Light That Never Goes Out in Culture Catch
from A Light That Never Goes out at
Q&A with Amazon
Profile in Chronogram.
Review of book discussion in Manchester, alongside Tom Hingley, author of Carpet Burns, on Monday November 26, in Culture Catch, and Mancunian Matters
Interview: ‘Fifteen Minutes With…’ by Julie Hamill.
Broadcast of Guest DJ/interview slot on Jaffo’s Blues and Grooves show, Salford City Radio. (I played music mainly relating to my family road trip this past summer.) Available on Mix Cloud and via iTunes Podcast.
Broadcast of Roundtable with Steve Lamacq, BBC6Music, reviewing new music alongside Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins/Bella Union) and Mark Steel (comedian/Crystal Palace fan). (MP3 available un UK only.)
Profile/interview in Mancunian Matters.
Video of myself discussing the book.
Reviews of A Light That Never Goes Out in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.

New York readings/discussions/signings:

THURSDAY DECEMBER 6. Book Court, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York. 7pmIn conversation with Rob Sheffield, journalist and author of Love Is A Mix Tape

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8. Oriole 9, 17 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 6pm. (In conjunction with The Golden Notebook.) Reading, discussion, and Smiths music by Robert Burke Warren, and Grasshopper from Mercury Rev

SATURDAY December 15. The Spotty Dog, 440 Warren Street, Hudson. 5pm. Reading, discussion, and Smiths music by Terry McCann and others.

MONDAY DECEMBER17. Strand Books, 828 Broadway, Manhattan, New York. 7pm. In conversation with Matt Pinfield, host of MTV’s 120 Minutes and the Hivecast. (Book purchase/Strand token required.

Also, MONDAY DECEMBER 17, I will be guest on former Smiths’ bassist Andy Rourke‘s show on East Village Radio, 3pm

California readings/discussions/signings:

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16. Book Soup, Los Angeles

FRIDAY JANUARY 18. Green Apple, San Francisco

Thanks for all the positive feedback on the book; greatly appreciated. The picture below was taken at Heathrow Airport on my way home from the UK. Couldn’t have had a better send-off.



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1 Comment(s)

  1. JENI

    4 December, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    All that and a Palace win to boot. Happy publication day! X,

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