From PC-Press comes a new book by photographer Mont Sherar chronicling the musical and artistic exploits of legendary post-punk practitioners Killing Joke. Focusing on the band’s activity since 2008 when the original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Martin “Youth” Glover, and Paul Ferguson reunited, Twilight of the Mortals presents over 200 of Sherar’s photos of the group taken over a seven year period, including live performances, rehearsal and writing sessions, in the studio, and numerous candid and creative shots capturing the essence of Killing Joke as a band and as individuals. The book also features commentary and analytical text from such writers as John Robb, Rahman Baloch, Fletcher Stewart, PC-Press’s Pete Webb, and Sherar himself. Twilight of the Mortals is scheduled for publication in November of 2016, with pre-orders beginning in September via the PC-Press website. The book will be available in paperback and deluxe hardcover, printed by Calverts of London and designed by PC-Press in association with Cactus Design.
Special Editions of the book will include two one-of-a-kind 7-inch vinyl records, featuring an exclusive track from each member of Killing Joke:
Track four marks the solo debut of Paul Ferguson, remixed by the renowned Mark Gemini Thwaite. The vinyl sleeves were designed by prominent graphic designer Steven R. Gilmore, best known for his work with the likes of Skinny Puppy, Machines of Loving Grace, and A Perfect Circle.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark with his wife Pia, Sherar originally cut his teeth during the ’80s as a DJ of the post-punk dance floor, inspired by Gilmore – also a former DJ during this period. Sherar would appear as a regular feature in the original Fire & Ice and Kitchen Club in Miami – a venue famous for unorthodox operations in presenting the best underground post-punk and industrial music; it was here that Sherar first booked Killing Joke in 1989, with stories of Skinny Puppy hanging out at the venue during Killing Joke’s arrival becoming the stuff of musical lore. Sherar’s association with the band after the reformation of the original lineup culminated in a documentary short, titled Chapter Big Paul Ferguson, which was presented by drummer, musical impressario, and former Killing Joke member Martin Atkins at the Chicago Film Festival. Following the release and publication of
Killing Joke’s fifteenth studio album Pylon – the third full-length featuring the reformed original lineup – was released in October of 2015 via Spinefarm to great acclaim, becoming the band’s first UK Top 20 album since 1994 and best selling record overall. A one-off performance at Brixton Academy in London is scheduled to take place on November 4, 2016.
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