What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book

now available for pre-order
An XTC Discovery Book
coming March 2019
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From the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls comes a musical exploration of one of the most essential pop groups of the 20th century. In this compelling 228-page book, some of the world’s leading musicians and keenest fans come together to discuss what makes XTC so very special.
Every member of XTC also makes an appearance, including Andy Partridge on mixing, Dave Gregory on arranging and Barry Andrews on the piano – not to mention an in-depth review of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers playing live as TC&I for the first time in 36 years.
That’s in addition to interviews with XTC drummers Pete Phipps, Pat Mastelotto, Ian Gregory, Prairie Prince, Dave Mattacks and Chuck Sabo.
Contributing musicians include:
Chris Butler: The Waitresses
Tracey Bryn: Voice of the Beehive
Rick Buckler: The Jam
Chris Difford: Squeeze
Jason Falkner: Jellyfish
Andrew Falkous: Future of the Left
Peter Gabriel
Mike Keneally
Dennis Locorriere: Dr Hook
Steven Page: Barenaked Ladies
Debbi Peterson: The Bangles
and many more
Everyone who orders before midnight on Sunday 27 January will be inducted into the Venerable League of Neon Shufflers and have their name published in the book.
£17.99 + free UK p&p (international p&p from £5)
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Praise for
The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology
“A sumptuous compendium… The most comprehensive and incisive book about XTC yet published” 
Dom Lawson, Prog Magazine
“Music publication of the year” 
Dave Jennings, Louder than War
“Varied, surprising and fun” 
Samantha Burke, Cent Magazine
“Dotted throughout those original pages and some relaxed, genuinely insightful interviews. Fans new and old will pore over this.”
Jamie Atkins, Record Collector
“A delicious thing to dive in and out of” 
Iain Lee, Talk Radio
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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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