This Is Memorial Device (Paperback)

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As if Bolano was obsessed with post-punk, This is Memorial Device is a journey through a music scene that could've been and never was, as seen through a lens of memory and innate sadness.

— Justin


"Brilliant stuff. It captures the terrific, obsessive, ludicrous pomposity of every music fans youth in an utterly definitive way." Irvine Welsh

"I wanted to live in this book." -- Kim Gordon

Ross Raymond and Johnny McLaughlin are two fanboys dedicated to the Airdrie post-punk scene of the early '80s - the glory years - when anything and everything seemed possible. Looking back on that time - the people, the bands, the underground legends - they piece together a story which has at its core Memorial Device, the greatest band you've never heard of. Featuring a cast of misfits, artists, drop-outs, small-town visionaries and musicians, This Is Memorial Device is a dark, witty novel depicting a moment where art and the demands it makes are as serious as life itself.

About the Author

David Keenan grew up in Airdrie in the late '70s and early 1980s. He is a senior critic on The Wire This Is Memorial Device is his debut novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780571340170
ISBN-10: 0571340172
Publisher: Faber & Faber Social
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English