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  • Always Look for Shade

    22nd Oct 2020 by

    Note: this essay contains spoilers relating to Shade the Changing Man (DC Vertigo). In a special feature published in Melody Maker in December 1993, Richey Edwards selected his ‘Men of the Year’. One of those singled out for praise was Peter Milligan. As Edwards explained to interviewer Simon Price: “He’s the only comic book writer… Read more

  • Eyewitness

    1st Oct 2020 by

    No study of The Holy Bible, its artistic impact and its significance in the history of Manic Street Preachers should overlook the band’s live performances throughout 1994. The Life Becoming a Landslide tour early that year saw the group adopting the military look with which they would be associated for their third album, before any… Read more

  • Life and Death Sentences

    29th Aug 2020 by

    ‘Let a hard and just sentence be given and carried out, as the honour of the nation demands and its greatest traitor deserves.’ Resolution of Czechoslovak resistance organisation, demanding severe punishment for Father Jozef Tiso, November 1946 ‘We bear within us a reticent executioner, an unrealised criminal. And those who lack the boldness to acknowledge… Read more

  • Interfacing

    18th Jun 2020 by

    Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire first learned about artist Jenny Saville by way of a feature article in a weekend newspaper supplement. Wire told writer Dan Richards in 2010: “I remember the day vividly because we both bought the Independent on Sunday and in the magazine was a special on Jenny Saville – the first… Read more

  • Walking Sideways

    31st Mar 2020 by

    ‘Jung hardly went far enough when he said “Hitler is the unconscious of every German”; he comes uncomfortably near being the unconscious in most of us… The shock of discovering through Freud and Marx that when we thought we were being perfectly responsible, logical, and loving we were nothing of the kind, has led us… Read more

  • National Anathema

    1st Feb 2020 by

    ‘I use “America” throughout the text to refer to the United States. I choose to use the word America for its resonances as marker of a generic nation and mass-mediated political and cultural condition/terrain.’ – S Paige Baty ‘Away shallow USA’ The unusual, compressed typography of the track title ‘Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart’ might possibly be traced back… Read more

  • Anatomies of Influence

    6th Dec 2019 by

    ‘By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson ‘[A]ny text is constructed as a mosaic of quotations; any text is the absorption and transformation of another.’ – Julia Kristeva ‘I don’t think people believe I read books.’ – Richey Edwards During his final tour with Manic Street Preachers, Richey… Read more

  • Faster (Further Downwards)

    21st Nov 2019 by

    This is the second part of an essay on the song ‘Faster’. The first part can be read here. ‘Faster’ may well have sent James Dean Bradfield in the direction of the Sex Pistols because of those traces of ‘Anarchy in the UK’. The words written by Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire contain an extraordinary… Read more

  • Faster (Precursor)

    13th Nov 2019 by

    ‘The primary imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge ‘Is this the IRA?’ Following a performance by Manic Street Preachers on Top of the… Read more

  • In the beginning was the word, and the word was ‘yes’

    6th Nov 2019 by

    Before the music begins, a man’s voice is heard. A pimp summarising what’s on offer in the sexual underworld: ‘You can buy her, you can buy her… This one’s here. This one’s here, this one’s here, this one’s here. Everything’s for sale.’ The deadening repetition of the business inheres in these very words. They struggle… Read more

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