Limited edition XTC photo book

I’m pleased to have written a short introduction to this rather gorgeous 36-page photo book put together by Ronald Gurr featuring a selection of photographs of XTC in NYC at the end of 1980 by Virginia Turbett.

When Turbett took this set of pictures in and around Madison Square Garden in December 1980, XTC were on a roll. Four albums in, they’d been playing alongside such heavy hitters as The Police, Oingo Boingo and, now, The Cars. The year had kicked off with a handful of dates in New York and they’d subsequently played Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, as well as repeat trips to the US.

Captured here in a chilly NYC, they are unguarded and relaxed – if, perhaps, exhausted by their relentless schedule. We see Terry Chambers larking about with woolly hat pulled over his face; Dave Gregory, never so happy as when he’s got a guitar round his neck; Andy Partridge giving every shot its visual interest; and Colin Moulding, all mop-top, cheek bones and shy good humour. The four of them are as much a unit on the Central Park tourist trail as they are lined up on stage, demanding the crowd’s attention.

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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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