ISBN: 0 946719 71 3
224 pages (illustrated). Hardback.
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A confrontational oral history of New York electronic music through the dark, sinister world of Suicide
"Suicide are one of the
greatest fucking rock ’n’ roll bands ever!"
Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream
An explosive docu-biography of Suicide, New York’s most subversive electronic band, who along with the New York Dolls, the Ramones, Blondie and Television defined the scene centred around Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s.
Formed in 1970, Suicide became renowned for their extreme performances which often ended in violence and chaos. By the time the band were special guests of The Clash on their 1978 British tour, they were being bottled off every night, Vega often sustaining serious injury. It would be a while before the world was ready to embrace Suicide’s strange hybrid of synthesiser-driven rock ’n’ roll. Now revered as trailblazers, they continue to tour and make music.
This is the first book to explore history and the myths surrounding Suicide, and features extensive new interview material with Alan Vega and Martin Rev, as well as Chris Stein from Blondie, Michael Stipe, Moby, Henry Rollins, Marc Almond, Bobby Gillespie, Jim Reid, Sylvain Mizrahi from the New York Dolls, Jayne County and many more.
Prior to Suicide's show at Knitting Factory in New York on Saturday January 15th, Suicide will be signing copies of their docu-biography "Suicide No Compromise" at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, from 7pm-9pm on Saturday, January 15th. Books will be available for sale at the event.
"Suicide No Compromise" features new interviews with the band (who have also contributed over a hundred photographs and artifacts from their own archives) and many musicians from the 70's New York punk scene including Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie, Lydia Lunch, Jane County and Jim Sclavunos of The Bad Seeds, as well as artists such as Moby, REM, Marc Almond, Henry Rollins and Bobbie Gillespie.
"I can't really say we were ahead of our time although a lot seems to point in that direction.
We were just of our own time which was the present and maybe things are catching up to what we saw then, which was just as real to us then as it seems now." - Alan Vega, Suicide
- Suicide: No Compromise is published to coincide with the release of Suicide’s remastered CDs:– A Way of Life 2 x CD and Why Be Blue 2 x CD
- The book is fully illustrated with archive photos and memorabilia from Vega and Rev’s collection.
- The author, Martin Rev and Alan Vega will participate in events for the launch of book and CDs in London, across Europe and in New York at the time of publication.