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01 March 2024

The Jesus And Mary Chain Announce Memoir ‘Never Understood’

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Never Understood book cover
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The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced the release of their memoir Never Understood: The Story Of The Jesus And Mary Chain.

The book is written by the band’s founding members, William and Jim Reid with Ben Thompson, and will be published by White Rabbit on 15 August. Pre-order your copy here.

A press release reads, “For 5 years after they’d swapped sought-after apprenticeships for life on the dole, brothers William and Jim Reid sat up till the early hours in the front room of their parents’ East Kilbride council house, plotting their path to world domination over endless cups of tea, with the music turned down low so as not to wake their sleeping sister.

“They knew they couldn’t play in the same band because they’d argue too much, so they’d describe their dream ensembles to each other until finally they realised that these two perfect bands were actually the same band, and the name of that band was The Jesus and Mary Chain.

“The rest was not silence, and picking up those conversations again more than 40 years later, William and Jim tell the full story of one of Britain’s greatest guitar bands for the very first time – a wildly funny and improbably moving chronicle of brotherly strife, feedback, riots, drug and alcohol addiction, eternal outsiders and extreme shyness, that also somehow manages to be a love letter to the Scottish working-class family.”

As well as the standard hardback edition, publishers White Rabbit are offering an exclusive special edition:

– Limited to 500 copies
– Signed by William & Jim Reid
– With alternate original cover artwork, designed by William Reid
– Book housed in a bespoke slipcase
– Comes with an exclusive LP featuring audio extracts from the book, – narrated by each brother
– Plus four exclusive postcards

The exclusive special edition is available through White Rabbit and scheduled to ship from 5 September 2024.

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