[dropcap]David Keenan’s[/dropcap] book England’s Hidden Reverse has a cult status in the Neofolk and Post Industrial scene. The Glasgowian author and critic carefully compiled interviews with defining figures of an UK underground that owed – and still owes – a lot to esoteric thoughts and figures, notably Aleister Crowley or Austin Osman Spare, but England’s Hidden Reverse doesn’t just prove to be interesting if you are predominantly interested in the occult. By compiling interviews with Coil, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, Steve Stapleton, a.k.a. Nurse With Wound, or Current 93, the book both offers insight into the mindset of this highly interesting scene and is an excellent history book of UK-based avant-garde and weirdasseries – From the formation of Throbbing Gristle to Whitehouse‘s first performances, the book covers a lot stuff of interest.
First published on the now defunct World Serpent Distribution in 2003, England’s Hidden Reverse, fully entitled England’s Hidden Reverse – A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground, was long out of print and not exactly a bargain for collectors, to put it mildly. Now it will be reissued and can be pre-ordered on Soleilmoon recordings – according to the label, the item is expected to arrive early December and makes it a worthwhile christmas present for poor journalists hacking this text into their keyboards while listening to the re-release of Coil’s Backwards. England’s Hidden Reverse will come as an expanded version with a chapter zero and a new final chapter, wrapping up what has changed since the book’s first release twelve years ago.
You can purchase it on Soleilmoon from now on. 336 pages, hardback/paperback, 210mm x 148mm. Fully illustrated in colour. Go grab it.