The Quietus Presents
Arabrot featuring John Doran, Rick Holland, Wyndham Wallace & CHRONONAUTZ (live)
An evening of spoken word and readings from the book Jolly Lad and incantations concerning murder, black holes, ghosts and regional bus time tables and live set from CHRONONAUTZ.
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In 2011 VICE magazine asked music journalist John Doran for a weekly column. The only instruction they gave him was simple: “You can write about whatever you want but it can’t be about music.”
The column ended up being about the minutiae of Doran’s life. It was about gentrification; being diagnosed bipolar; attending Alcoholics Anonymous; living in a block of flats on a housing estate in London; the psychological damage done by psychedelic drugs; depression; DJing; factory work; friendship; growing old; hallucinations; street violence and obsessive behaviour – especially regarding music and art.
Jolly Lad is a memoir about the recovery from alcoholism, habitual drug use and mental illness. It is also about the healing power of music, how memory defines us, the redemption offered by fatherhood and what it means to be working class.
CHRONONAUTZ are a live duo who have been heavily involved in the murky depths of experimental / art / noise / music / other for 15 years, with scores of releases under different aliases and a hefty touring schedule sharing stages with Sun Ra's Arkestra, Thurston Moore, Damo Suzuki (Can), Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Chrome Hoof, Chris Corsano, etc.
Their unique approach to techno has gained support from Bok Bok, DJ Haus (Unknown To The Unknown), The Public Stand, Altered Natives, Truss and Bleaching Agent, and featured by Todd Burns (Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy) in his top 10 tracks of 2012 for New York's Village Voice alongside the likes of Fis, Bass Clef, Amé and Hieroglyphic Being.
Rick Holland has recorded with several electronic artists and Brian Eno made an album with him for WARP in 2011. More recently, East India Youth's new album Culture Of Volume is named after his poetry
In 1999, having spent the previous five years working as a freelance PR and running City Slang Records’ (Lambchop, Tortoise, Calexico) UK office, Wyndham Wallace was hired as UK publicist for Lee Hazlewood, the man behind Nancy Sinatra’s evergreen “These Boots Are Made For Walking”. Over the next eight years, leading up to Hazlewood’s death from kidney cancer in 2007, Wallace became the legendarily reclusive singer, songwriter and producer’s confidante, manager, and even collaborator, and Lee, Myself & I: Inside The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (Jawbone Press) tells the touching but true story of what it’s like to meet your hero, befriend him, and watch him die. Along the way, Wallace has captured the complex personality of a reclusive icon whose work helped shape the American pop-cultural landscape and continues to influence countless artists today.
Wyndham Wallace moved to Berlin in 2004, where he works as a music journalist (contributing to Classic Pop, Uncut, The Quietus and more), an occasional travel writer and photographer, a music consultant (for the forthcoming one-camera-one-take Victoria, which picked up a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015) and a subtitler of German movies. Lee, Myself & – described by Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie as “a must read for all fans of Lee Hazlewood” and by Dorian Lynskey (33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs) as a “vivid, poignant … biography wrapped in a memoir” – is his first book.