A HIDDEN LANDSCAPE ONCE A WEEK: the kickstarter for the book of the politics of rockwriting conference

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OK so, last year there was THIS: mark s: rockwrite conference to be broadcast on resonance FM

And now there is THIS!!

It’s basically my kickstarter for a book, which will be an anthology and companion volume containing select extracts from the panels at the conference plus essays by various contributors: A HIDDEN LANDSCAPE ONCE A WEEK: how UK music-writing became a space for unruly curiosity, in the words of those who made it happen

For details, click though and take a look — pledge if you like what you see, and share the page with people you think might be interested. Make a noise about if you can (by which I mean, share the link and explain why you like the idea). I think it will be extremely interesting :)

(If you’ve forgotten all about the conference, apologies, and details: here

Cover mock-up courtesy mr SAVAGE PENCIL :)

mark s, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:45 (three years ago) link

hullo everyone!

mark s, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:47 (three years ago) link

Hey i remember you

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:34 (three years ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:39 (three years ago) link

Li'l info & lotta links (incl. within links) here, incl. to this very thread:

dow, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:43 (three years ago) link

I don't know, Brexit has me feeling uneasy about making cross-continental transactions...

Interpretive Jigglypuffery (Leee), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:39 (three years ago) link

i am doing my small bit to ensure GDP contraction is less than it might otherwise be

(and chances are i will be swallowing the shortfall rather than you, unless they actually shut down the international postage system entirely)

mark s, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:00 (three years ago) link

i made a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLandscape/

mark s, Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:55 (three years ago) link

Added that to the Freelance Mentalists post.

dow, Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:27 (three years ago) link

cannot wait for this :)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:01 (three years ago) link

only five days to go! come on ILM, you know you want to :)

mark s, Friday, 22 July 2016 11:24 (three years ago) link

chipped in a few weeks back. wish there was a way to rustle up library purchase orders as a way to help fund this, eh (or apply for whatever the uk equiv of creative nz grants are).

etc, Friday, 22 July 2016 12:55 (three years ago) link

final weekend!

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 10:54 (three years ago) link

running a kickstarter in a time of plague and panic

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 12:45 (three years ago) link

Good luck.

Mark G, Sunday, 24 July 2016 23:56 (three years ago) link

three related pieces by me:
1: http://dubdobdee.co.uk/2015/06/02/whalers-on-the-moon-curious-despatches-from-an-old-dream/
2: http://dubdobdee.co.uk/2016/07/10/re-litigating-the-70s-what-we-wanted-what-went-right-what-went-wrong-where-do-we-go-from-here/
3: http://dubdobdee.co.uk/2016/07/25/dont-let-it-be-forgotthat-once-there-was-a-spot/

third is a piece i tried unsuccessfully to place variously in the last few days, to get actual print interest in the kickstarter -- somewhat confusingly topped and tailed by gloomy but oblique rumination on why all projects ultimately fail

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 08:57 (three years ago) link

anyway, today is the second-last day -- only 27 hours now!

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:21 (three years ago) link


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:30 (three years ago) link

the pent-up surge is there, i feel it

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:24 (three years ago) link

REMINDER: for anyone on the us west coast that this kickstarter closes at 4.26pm BST tomorrow, which is like 8.26am PST i think? anyway breakfast time unless you rise super-early!

so if you're planning to pledge, set yr alarm -- or maybe do it tonight!

it's here, for convenience: http://bit.ly/HiddenLandscape

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 23:28 (three years ago) link

FINAL PUSH (less than six hours) and then I'm out of yr hair :D

all those ppl hanging fire till the last moment, now's yr time to shine

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 09:35 (three years ago) link

i have made so many irritated enemies doing this :)

back to live-tweeting french movies on MUBI tomorrow, that' ll get me unmuted oh yes

93% funded with two-and-half-hours to go

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:07 (three years ago) link

omg 93%!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:08 (three years ago) link

94% now :)

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:14 (three years ago) link

That's only £500 needed

Come on people

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:16 (three years ago) link

1) Genuinely quite nervous, really hope this makes it. Jolly hockeysticks!
2) Want to know who the irritated enemies are.

Tim, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:36 (three years ago) link

I've been checking the Kickstarter page throughout the day. It's so tantalisingly close now.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:39 (three years ago) link

irritated enemies = everyone who's by now muted or blocked me on twitter, esp.the FORMER rockpress BIGWIGS i have been spamming relentlessly lo these last three days

(my kind angel's list is actually also quite interesting)

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:40 (three years ago) link

i did it

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:06 (three years ago) link

That's awesome.

Tim, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:06 (three years ago) link


Mark G, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:07 (three years ago) link


This is good because 1. I'm looking forward to the book and 2. now I have no excuse to bump my bid to a level I can't really afford. Although I had been beginning to convince myself how nice and shiny the things I can't really afford are, and now I have no excuse...

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:08 (three years ago) link


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:13 (three years ago) link

My first ever kickstarter. Following the final countdown felt a bit like staying up all night for the result of a closely contested referendum (but this time, for the first time, I got the result I wanted) :-)

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:24 (three years ago) link

first time for me too

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:25 (three years ago) link

i think for £100 we should have gotten '2 months guaranteed of regular mark s posts on ILX'

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:26 (three years ago) link


It looks so great, cannot wait to read

(and really pleased for you)

(xp so otm)

woof, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:29 (three years ago) link

congratz mark :)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:52 (three years ago) link

thanks everyone!

(lol tracer)

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:05 (three years ago) link

grats, now get to work

kasybian (wins), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:10 (three years ago) link


mike t-diva, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:27 (three years ago) link


Matt DC, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:30 (three years ago) link

Tom on Facebook: "If this was a Beano story, this would be the point at which Mark, happily walking home, passes a life size fibreglass Tarkus in a shop window with a £9,500 price tag…"

luckily i'd still have £338!

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:36 (three years ago) link

Disappointed no fibreglass Tarkuses listed in your Kickstarter's "Risks & Challenges" section

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:45 (three years ago) link

Well done, mark

Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:51 (three years ago) link

Yay! Looking fwd to book.

dow, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link


xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:54 (three years ago) link

Yay! Was still four hours to go with a decent chunk left to fund when I crashed out at midnight in NZ, wonderful news to wake up to :)

etc, Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:20 (three years ago) link

ok it is now the following morning and i have an ANTHOLOGY to edit apparently

anyway many thanks and many apologies in all the relevant directions

[i am now off to post this exact sentiment on ILE bcz BRANDING]

mark s, Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:23 (three years ago) link

two months pass...



etc, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:03 (three years ago) link

Favorite name on the list of backers: Rita Tushingham!

clemenza, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

i know :)

mark s, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:28 (three years ago) link

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Har-@-Iago (wins), Friday, 7 October 2016 20:27 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

manuscript and illustrations drop-boxed to publisher 10 minutes ago

(naturally i have already remembered a thing i was planning to do and haven't: luckily it is small and can be done at layout proofing stage IF I REMEMBER)

mark s, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:29 (two years ago) link

a year and two days since the kickstarter began, two years and six weeks since the original conference

it feels like a lot has gone down in the interim

mark s, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:43 (two years ago) link

I've been doing nothing but sitting here waiting for this book!

mh, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:52 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

Podcast with mark s on all of this.


xyzzzz__, Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:54 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

pilot podcast:

1st non-pilot podcast:
pod 2: https://soundcloud.com/hazel-southwell-322745150/know-thine-nme

the rambling conversation of the book feat. me and hazel southwell and what sounds like a GIANT bottle of wine which was in fact entirely normal sized yes

patreon to help defray a few costs: patreon: https://www.patreon.com/marksink3r
^^^let yr well-heeled chums know, they will enjoy listening

book due july/august if not sooner, savage pencil cover here:

mark s, Thursday, 3 May 2018 16:03 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

I haven't read this review (subscriber only) of a book on Rock Against Racism

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 24 November 2018 13:39 (one year ago) link

it's one of those reviews which largely recounts the story without quite making it clear what comes from the book under review and what comes from the reviewer's own knowledge: it's a good clear sympathetic account that i don't much disagree with. renton is ex-swp, resigned in 2013 (presumably over the way it handed its sex assault crisis, or anyway to coincide with that), but was only 4 or 5 when RAR was set up. so his direct knowledge is probably slim, tho he surely knows ppl who know ppl etc. he comes from a far left but also a quite posh background afaics (e.g. went to eton and oxford).

ruth gregory, who he mentions as one of the co-founders of RAR's magazine temporary hoarding, in fact contributes to HIDDEN LANDSCAPE: she writes a little memoir of the late david widgery, temporary hoarding's other co-founder -- including extracts from some of his pieces. widgery was also a rockwriter in the 60s (for oz and such), plus a revolutionary marxist and an east end GP till he OD'd in the early 90s.

mark s, Saturday, 24 November 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

i shd get a copy of this book -- ps lol at the clash being dicks abt billing at a rock against racism festival (RAR said black acts shd always headline)

mark s, Saturday, 24 November 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link

the cover in its final form


(the reds in the JPG are brighter than they appear on the internet, not sure i can do anything abt that tho)

mark s, Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:03 (one year ago) link

(haven't actually cracked the spine yet since of course the IRON LAW is that you find a mistake on the first page you scan)

mark s, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:30 (one year ago) link

Congrats Mark!

Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link

Also come to the pub.

Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link

i am coming to the pub

mark s, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one year ago) link


Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:34 (one year ago) link

Congrats, mark s.

cockfarmers: 365, 366

Andy K, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:44 (one year ago) link


mark s, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:23 (one year ago) link

Well done, Mr Sinkah !

geordie racer, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:38 (one year ago) link

omg geordie! thank you and blimey here you are :D

mark s, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:42 (one year ago) link

just been advised: uk buyers shd order from strange attractor rather than MIT (as MIT sends out from america, so there will be a wait PLUS a shipping charge)

order direct from strange attractor:

mark s, Monday, 10 December 2018 12:55 (one year ago) link

luckily you never told anyone that they could order it from MIT

sans lep (sic), Monday, 10 December 2018 20:28 (one year ago) link

(https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/hidden-landscape-once-week doesn't offer the facility to order it anyway though, but it does have links to booksellers in the US and UK)

sans lep (sic), Monday, 10 December 2018 20:31 (one year ago) link

well in the uk, via strange attractor is quicker right now (so MIT told me this morning)

mark s, Monday, 10 December 2018 20:34 (one year ago) link

the bookstore links from MIT's page say it releases on February 19, so if Strange Attractor are shipping now, that's definitely quicker

sans lep (sic), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:43 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Q&A i did for the MIT blog: http://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/unruly-curiosity-uk-music-press-1960s-80s

plus a nice review in IT magazine (a 60s iteration of which features at length in the book): http://internationaltimes.it/always-about-ideas/
"This book is a celebration, a critique, a discussion, a history, a conversation, an intriguing read, and a catalogue of possibilities – what more could you want?”


(ps There are still delays getting hold of it: an admin glitch meaning that after the small pre-release run it may not be around in numbers for a couple of weeks at least…)

mark s, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:52 (one year ago) link

You need to will to power it to us

Oor Neechy, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:57 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Extract from my intro up at Longreads: https://longreads.com/2019/02/19/three-decades-of-cross-cultural-utopianism-in-british-music-writing/

(a fun thing happening right now on twitter: see which of two of my tweets gets the most attention, my drawing attention to this and a feeble joke i tweeted at much-beloved shitposter THE HELLDUDE aka GUNSMOSLEM -- currently they are neck and neck and this is my literary legacy in a nutshell let's be honest)

mark s, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

londoners the actual real official LAUNCH of this takes place in nine days' time: 19 March at Iklectik, nr Archbishop's Park, London SE1 7LG, inc.a Q&A panel feat.me, savage pencil, bob stanley and MC my podcast co-host Hazel Southwell. Come along and say hi!

go here for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/358489934749708/

mark s, Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:16 (one year ago) link

I read your intro; it was really interesting and did a good job of fleshing out these weeklies that have floated in and out of a not-unsubstantial portion of the conversations I've had for the past decade and a half at the very least

space rock gapdyx = SADPOE (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:06 (one year ago) link

My copy arrived this morning! Like the chunky size and cover stock, and especially like the lettering on the spine. Great to see so many ILXers listed in the back. Congrats mark s.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 15 March 2019 11:19 (one year ago) link

Mine just arrived!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 15 March 2019 11:52 (one year ago) link

Got it! It smells so good.

Michael Jones, Friday, 15 March 2019 12:52 (one year ago) link

Somehow never got around to help kickstart (sorry!), but otoh received it through regular buying a couple of weeks ago. Congrats Mark!

anatol_merklich, Friday, 15 March 2019 16:09 (one year ago) link

Upcoming launch events in London, Cambridge and Norwich

Tuesday March 19: The big London launch is at IKLECTIK ARTS, 7 for 7.30pm (free), in Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG. Mark Sinker, book illustrator Savage Pencil, contributor and musician Bob Stanley asked questions by Hazel Southwell

Wednesday March 20: I am giving a paper at a seminar at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge. "MUSIC AS IMAGINARY COUNTERCOMMUNITY: The emergence, dispersal and dissolution of a dissenting media subculture", ARU, Helmore 201, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT (3.30-5pm).

Tuesday March 26: in conversation with CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY and MATTHEW WORLEY at Louis Marchesi (17 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1HR, nr the cathedral), 6:30-8pm (organised by the Hive Bookshop):

Wednesday April 3: in conversation with OWEN HATHERLEY at Housmans bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DY London, from 7pm: (tickets £3 each redeemable against any purchase).

mark s, Monday, 18 March 2019 17:02 (one year ago) link

so I am enjoying this and will say more when I finish I guess.

woof, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Maybe this was linked to elsewhere, I don't know--Scott Woods interviewing mark s. about the book.


I don't check in on rockcritics.com as often as I should, so I sometimes miss things there--the interview goes back a month.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:07 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

hi all, i am in MANCHESTER for the LOUDER THAN WORDS FESTIVAL to talk abt the book with SIMON FRITH and JOHN McCREADY


(Sun 2pm to be precise)

mark s, Friday, 8 November 2019 22:06 (six months ago) link

How did Manchester talk go?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 November 2019 19:37 (six months ago) link

i enjoyed it! there were even some quite young people at it lol (some of them left early)

mark s, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:35 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

An article on NME history:


the pinefox, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:26 (one week ago) link

nice to be cited! the typo in the 13-word quote was not in the book! say hi to eugene from me!

( i will read this later) (im saving it up)

mark s, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:38 (one week ago) link

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