Real time update! The printer ran into an issue last week with the eco-friendly vegetable inks that we are using, not coping with the rich and dense black colour on several pages of the book. They have played around with a few different eco-friendly inks, and have eventually found a solution that provides a beautifully dense and rich black for those parts of the book where photos either have those colours or are framed by them. This has set the print run back by at least a week unfortunately, but otherwise, all is running beautifully as planned. I attach some images of completed pages and stacks of them in the print shop to show you the progress that has been made. This issue will shift the shipping dates back a bit – but as soon as we hear the exact finish date then I can update you with revised shipping times. Almost there now – and those pages that are printed look AMAZING! PW.
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‘Twilight of the Mortals’ is the new publication from PC-Press. The book is a collection of the incredible work of photographer, confidant, and former post-punk DJ Mont Sherar and the result of his 36-years of love for the band; Killing Joke.
The photography of Mont Sherar is beautiful, sometimes raw and gritty, atmospheric, unique, elegantly composed, and completely captures the essence of Killing Joke.
The band can be seen through profiles of each individual member, the band live, in the studio, in rehearsal and writing rooms, relaxing and in discussion with one another and in other seldom seen, creative settings.
This is a truly rare and unique view and representation of a band, who even in their twilight years are at the top of their creative powers, having produced a trilogy of albums that ended with the best ever selling Killing Joke record ‘Pylon’. Sherar has created a series of stunning images that we at PC-Press are delighted and honoured to be turning into a beautiful document of the band. With commentary and analytical text from some leading and insightful writers; John Robb (The Membranes and Louder Than War), Rahman Baloch, Fletcher Stewart, Big Paul Ferguson, Youth, Jaz, Mont Sherar himself and PC-Press’s Pete Webb, The book is scheduled for publication Q4 of 2017 (regular updates on our official Facebook page).
Photos from the book “Twilight of the Mortals” by Mont Sherar
His relationship and passion for Killing Joke goes back to hearing ‘Are You Receiving’ being played in a club in Vancouver by then DJ and fellow Canadian Steven R. Gilmore shortly after its debut release in 1979. Gilmore went on to become one of the most influential sleeve designers and graphic artists in the industrial and post-industrial dance music scene. Sherar then brought the post-punk sounds that he heard Gilmore playing to a new audience in Miami, helping to set up influential dance clubs such as Fire & Ice and the infamous Kitchen Club as resident DJ and promoter.
Ever since then he has been hooked into the world of the Killing Joke; playing their music as one of the original post-punk DJs, organising some of their first US gigs, introducing them to other US musicians like Skinny Puppy, and in 2008 becoming a regular photographer documenting their journey as a reformed band who set out on a path of producing three of their most affecting albums ever.
We are pleased and honoured to welcome Mont to the PC-Press family.
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Hi Mont, first of all, thank you very much for this opportunity. It’s a great pleasure to introduce your work to our readers and to be the first to talk about your forthcoming autobiography, “Sex, WAX, n Rock n Roll,” and Killing Joke book, “Twilight Of The Mortals!” Could we begin with TOTM, and could you tell us something more about what we can expect to see in the book?
Thanks to you and Ascension Magazine for your interest. The book “Twilight of the Mortals” is essentially my best photography work of the band Killing Joke in modern times, with the original lineup. Virtually all of it is captured from a highly unique perspective. A mix of both onstage and offstage subject matter, including never before seen non-musical aspects of some members such as drummer and cofounder, Big Paul Ferguson. The photos have a highly artistic approach in the way they are composed and presented in a book of first class print and design quality.
Beyond the imagery, I’ve gathered a brilliant team of literary artists who, in addition to my own insights, provide qualified observations about the subject matter throughout the book. In addition to legendary post-punk writer, author, and musician John Robb, we’ve also got Fletcher Stewart, Rahman Baloch, and Peter Webb all adding to the experience portrayed within.
I would like to take credit for that beautiful title, but actually my wife Pia deserves the honours on that one.I needed a title of course, but did not want to simply use the name ‘Killing Joke.’ For me, the book is expressing much more than just a ‘band’ and certainly not your typical concert photos below the band front stage center. Some of these photos are transcending, placing the viewer in positions rarely, if ever, witnessed. It is really more about the spirit of the individuals as people and not simply the band itself. I’ve even given ‘personalities’ to non-human aspects such as Geordies guitar and pedals. I asked Pia if she had any ideas that could say all this in but a few words. The first thing she suggested was, ‘Twilight of the Mortals’ (the ‘s’ being added to the original song title from Brighter than a Thousand Suns). “That’s it!” I shouted. I knew right away this was the perfect title as it really does express perfectly, what the book is all about.
Big Paul and I met for the first time in 2008 at the bands reunion concert in London. I had met the other band members before during the 80s, but at that time, Paul had left the band. A close friendship ensued and I proposed the idea of producing a film based on his many activities both inside and outside the band. Paul invited me to New York for a few weeks and we covered a broad spectrum of amazing insights into his life. Things like the restoration of ancient statues, his own sculpture of both metal and marble, illustration, his blacksmithing of giant gates made of iron, and some incredibly cool fine jewelry made of solid silver. Naturally, this was also the perfect time to film, photograph, and document his own story behind the history of the band from his own perspective as cofounder, as well as both his drumming and songwriting techniques!
Questions and answers about “Sex, WAX, n Rock n Roll” ….
When will they be out? How can we buy them?
Twilight of the Mortals has a target release date later this year. Sex, WAX n Rock n Roll is my life story, still a work in progress, but is the next one to be published. Both will be available for purchase through the normal channels as well as direct on the Pc-Press website.
Test Dept Redux – Graham Cunnington, Paul Jamrozy, Zel Kaute and Charles Poulet work together as TD redux after a fantastic set at The Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. This will be the first time the group have done a live show in London in this format. Expect intensity and power!
The final pieces for the Hardback book set are now all in place. We will begin shipping the boxes towards the end of next week after assembling the whole package at facebook.com/ForteMusicDistribution in Monmouth.
This has been a long journey but all you patient, wonderful people who have waited so long will get a beautiful package through the post soon. We will also be supplying an authentication certificate which will be mailed to you separately and have special messages for those who have bought the set. Thanks for waiting and here (below) is an image of the poster that ships with the box. The second poster will ship separately with the authentication certificate.
Cheers All, Pete @ PC-Press
Uwe Shütte from Aston university has written this piece about the book in the Times Higher Education magazine: THES TD Uwe Shutte review
Uwe Schütte, reader in German at Aston University, is reading Test Dept’s Total State Machine (PC-Press, 2015). “Test Dept were one of the most radical British bands. Their extreme industrial sound fused sonic experiments with political activism, notably during the miners’ strike of 1984-85. In bringing together art, theatre, music and politics, they produced monumental events that assaulted all the senses. This richly illustrated book details a vigorous body of work that has lost none of its relevance.”