Grammy Award nominated David Sedaris is a very pop[ular, highly respected American humurist, comedian & author, whose respect is reflected in the packed out response to his week long soiree at the Edinburgh fringe. His shows involves his reading of several pieces of writing which highlight his view on the little things in life, like buying his longt-term partner a special valentine’s gift, & the visit of his sisters to his East Sussex home. At every turn he injects his highly-tuned comedic mind , in a fluid, lyric conversational style, which has compelled me to pick up one of his books & read him for myself.
Despite not being so well known in Britain, he is sold-out, like a badly kept secret. However, those in on the secret I believe woudl liek to keep him for themselves, for his amiable warmth exudes a great level of intimacy, making every one in teh audience feel like they know him, or at least one want to know him. I reccomend to any with a literary bent to lend this guy an earbyDamian Bullen
Peter Hook – Remembering Joy Division
Scottish Power Studio Theatre
10 August 8.30PM
Excellent session of anecdotes from ex Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook and chaired by Scotland’s own best selling crime writer and music aficionado Ian Rankin.
This sell out date with one of the godfathers of the post-punk is a complete joy for fans of his music and those simply just to get inside the head of one of the pioneers of the scene. Hook is promoting his new book “Unknown Pleasures”. Rankin guides Hook onto a variety of interesting subjects such as rise and fall of Manchester’s infamous Hacienda, how Joy Division got the biggest tax fine of any English band, the legendary gig at Lesser Trade Hall in 1976 with the Sex Pistols which spark the Manchester punk explosion to how he got his first bass guitar amped up “..me and Bernard wired the guitars to my grans radiogram ..and blew it up”. The conversation turns to Ian Curtis and how his untimely death affected band himself and the rest of the band.
Peter comes across and a warm and funny and intelligent raconteur with a truly interesting life story to share; his battle with alcohol, his bitterness about the reforming of New Order, being famous at such a young age and the wild partying, being a suspect in the Yorkshire Ripper hunt and antic of Tony Wilson (Head of Joy Divisions record label, Factory records). It’s a rip-roaring session with some time at the end for the assembled fans to ask they own questions. If the book is as good as his chat here tonight its going to be a cracking read.