Once more, I thank all of those who paid, so long ago, for their extraordinary and generous patience in waiting for the long-delayed book of my collected lyrics. This will be launched on 8 February 2014, along with the new album by Current 93, at a concert in London.
I am aware that I have promised the publication of this book many times before. Yet I kept finding more old material, especially whilst going through my archive prior to its sale to the university (see below), with Johan Kugelberg and Gabriel McKee of Boo-Hooray, and writing more new material. Now that the new album by C93 is almost finished, I have decided to add its text, too, to the volume. And, due to the great importance to me of both this book and my new album, I wanted to release both simultaneously with a special concert in which C93 will also offer up our new album. Both the book and the album will be available to buy for the first time at the London concert, although those who have ordered the book previously will have their copies sent out before the concert. The edition of the book that people had pre-ordered and paid for all those years ago will also differ slightly to the edition that will be re-added to the shop.
The recent delays in publishing the lyric book have been due partially—though not entirely—to the difficulties I have undergone related in the section above, and partially due to the difficulties of finding a date on which the involved members of C93 will be available both to rehearse and appear on stage. And after that, finding a venue that moves us.
This has now all been done, thanks to my friends, and booking agents, Mark Slater and Chiz Williams at QuJunktions. We have reserved the venue we specifically wanted, and those I have prayed to appear as C93 are on the ARC. The title of the album, more details about it, and information about the venue at which we will appear, will be announced imminently.
Many people have written to me asking if Sing Omega will be available from CopticCat.com. It will, and it will be added to the shop nearer its publication date. As always, anyone who no longer wishes to wait can receive an immediate refund by requesting one.
Count Stenbock: ‘The Collected Works’
Now working as furiously as a small wooden doll, I have finalised more details regarding my edition of the collected works of Eric, Count Stenbock. I have included everything I can find for this publication, including a small, but beautiful, recent discovery by an extraordinary new researcher in the realms of decadent and weird and HALLUCINATORY writing, Michael Abolafia; anyone interested in his work can contact him here , or through his Facebook page. I am praying to the Aleph that THE COLLECTED WORKS will also be launched, in its two editions, at the London concert in February 2014.
Ivy League archive
As I had mentioned some time ago, my extensive archive was to be acquired by an Ivy League university in the USA. This has now happened. This is a great honour for me and my work, and that of those with whom I have collaborated, as their work is also in my archive. The University concerned and I will be making a joint statement soon on their purchase.
MYRNINEREST Moscow venue update
eBay sales under ‘ANOKPE’
I have been selling more items from my personal collection and archive on eBay. To see what might be up there, search using the term ANOKPE.
‘Dazed & Confused’
There was an extensive feature on myself, written by myself at the magazine’s request, in the Your History section of the July 2013 edition of Dazed & Confused. It is now online here.
The Italian magazine Nasty also ran an extensive interview with myself by Marco Giulianoi in both a print edition and an online edition.
Three artists whose work I utterly love
I wanted to send out word of three extraordinary artists whose work I love deeply. And the more I look at it, the more I love it. Alphabetically, they are:
Giorgio Cebrero: Mille grazie
I want to thank my friend Giorgio Cebrero for, almost single-handedly, building up my collection of rare records, including Japanese pressings, both 12″s and 7″s, by The Groundhogs. When I showed them to Tony McPhee, he was astonished; he had never seen the majority. Grazie mille, Giorgio!
These New Puritans
The new album from TNP, Field of Reeds, is utterly astonishing. I am blown into the clouds by it.
Menace Ruine members launch new record label Union Finale
I am delighted to announce details of the new record label launched by one of my favourite families, Menace Ruine/Preterite. Their press release follows.
Geneviève Beaulieu and S. de La Moth are extending their collaboration beyond Menace Ruine by creating Union Finale.
A label that will function principally as a home for recordings by their respective projects, S/V\R (S. with Chanoine V.) and Preterite (Geneviève with James Hamilton) as well as for special MR releases in the future.
The first three releases are:
UNI01 S/V\R – Sur les femmes I & II
Cassette tape – out now
UNI02 Preterite – From the Wells
CD – Release date: 2013.09.22 – Pre-order: 2013.09.01
UNI03 James Hamilton – Ghost Paths I–V
Digital – Out now
Read more and hear excerpts on Union Finale’s site