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 (two years ago) Permalink

hullo everyone!

mark s, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Hey i remember you

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:39 (two years ago) Permalink

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

dow, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:43 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Interpretive Jigglypuffery (Leee), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:39 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

mark s, Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Added that to the Freelance Mentalists post.

dow, Thursday, 30 June 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

cannot wait for this :)

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

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

mark s, Friday, 22 July 2016 11:24 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

final weekend!

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 10:54 (two years ago) Permalink

running a kickstarter in a time of plague and panic

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 12:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Good luck.

Mark G, Sunday, 24 July 2016 23:56 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:21 (two years ago) Permalink


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

the pent-up surge is there, i feel it

mark s, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:24 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

omg 93%!

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

94% now :)

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:14 (two years ago) Permalink

That's only £500 needed

Come on people

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

i did it

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

That's awesome.

Tim, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink


Mark G, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:07 (two years ago) Permalink


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 (two years ago) Permalink


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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

first time for me too

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink


It looks so great, cannot wait to read

(and really pleased for you)

(xp so otm)

woof, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:29 (two years ago) Permalink

congratz mark :)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:52 (two years ago) Permalink

thanks everyone!

(lol tracer)

mark s, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

grats, now get to work

kasybian (wins), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink


mike t-diva, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink


Matt DC, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Well done, mark

Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Yay! Looking fwd to book.

dow, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:55 (two years ago) Permalink


xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:54 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...



etc, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Favorite name on the list of backers: Rita Tushingham!

clemenza, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:12 (two years ago) Permalink

i know :)

mark s, Sunday, 2 October 2016 20:28 (two years ago) Permalink

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

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mh, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:52 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Podcast with mark s on all of this.


xyzzzz__, Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (seven months ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(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 week ago) Permalink

Congrats Mark!

Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Also come to the pub.

Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

i am coming to the pub

mark s, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink


Tim, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Congrats, mark s.

cockfarmers: 365, 366

Andy K, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:44 (six days ago) Permalink


mark s, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:23 (four days ago) Permalink

Well done, Mr Sinkah !

geordie racer, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:38 (four days ago) Permalink

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

mark s, Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:42 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (three days ago) Permalink

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

sans lep (sic), Monday, 10 December 2018 20:28 (three days ago) Permalink

(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 (three days ago) Permalink

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 (three days ago) Permalink

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 (three days ago) Permalink

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