The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls

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The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls is a celebration of Limelight, the classic 1980s fanzine about XTC, featuring the original copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material for 2017, including interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory and Terry Chambers.

2017 highlights include:
Andy Partridge on childhood, children and creativity
Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers on the art of the rhythm section
Dave Gregory on Drums and Wires, Black Sea and English Settlement
XTC on some surprising musical influences
• Comedians Phill Jupitus, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Joanna Neary and Paul Putner on their favourite XTC songs
• Clive Jackson of Doctor and the Medics on being produced by Andy Partridge
Belinda Blanchard on starring in the video for Dear God
Peter Mills on the link between Thomas Hardy and XTC

‘We had a couple of lifelines to the world and Limelight was one of them. I don’t know how we would have breathed publicity-wise if it weren’t for Limelight and The Little Express in Canada. It was an essential breathing tube for us. It was the paper-and-ink internet. Limelight was the internet with added staples.’

‘Limelight and The Little Express did us proud in putting our name about in the early days.’ COLIN MOULDING

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About the author

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. While at school, he set up the XTC fanzine Limelight, which he republished as The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (2017). He followed that with What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (2019). In 2020, he launched What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast.

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