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Fearless - the definitive history of post-rock

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In 1994, the music critic Simon Reynolds coined a new term: postrock. It was an attempt to give a narrative to music that used the tools of rock but did something utterly different with it, broadening its scope by fusing elements of punk, dub, electronic music, minimalism, and more into something wholly new.

In her new book Fearless, Jeanette Leech has written the definitive guide to some of the most groundbreaking music of recent decades, from Talk Talk to Slint to Godspeed You Black Emperor.

Post-rock is an anti-genre, impossible to fence in. Elevating texture over riff and ambiance over traditional rock hierarchies, its exponents used ideas of space and deconstruction to create music of enormous power. From Slint to Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise to Fridge, Mogwai to Sigur Rós, the pioneers of post-rock are unified by an open-minded ambition that has proven hugely influential on everything from mainstream rock records to Hollywood soundtracks and beyond.

Drawing on dozens of new interviews and packed full of stories never before told, fearless explores how the strands of post-rock entwined, frayed, and created one of the most diverse bodies of music ever to huddle under one name.

Jeanette leech is a writer, researcher, DJ, and music historian who contributes regularly to magazines including fRoots and Shindig!. Her first book about music, Seasons They Change, a history of acid folk, was widely praised as ‘an engaging celebration of music from the fringes.’ She lives in Canterbury, England.

Discussing the book with Jeanette will be Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis. Join them, us and some very special guests for some musical shenanigans afterwards at a nearby bar.


‘The best thing about the so-called post-rock thing was it had this brief moment where the concept of it was to make music that came from the indie scene but had no limitations.’

KIERAN HEBDEN, FRIDGE / FOUR TET

‘We were young and naive.’

STUART BRAITHWAITE, MOGWAI

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