This week on Modern Musicology we have the extreme pleasure of chatting with bassist, author, radio and TV presenter, journalist, DJ, publisher, and founder of Louder Than War JOHN ROBB, talking about his new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth, which releases in the US on Tuesday, May 16. We chat with John about being influenced by the Beatles and the Stones as a young kid, his band The Membranes, the roots of Goth in the Glam era, his early interviews with Kurt Cobain, how to make the world a better place, and much more.
About The Art of Darkness:
Drawing on his own experience as a musician and journalist, Robb covers the style, the music and the clubs that spawned the culture, alongside political and social conditions. He also reaches back further to key historic events and movements that frame the ideas of goth, from the fall of Rome to Lord Byron and the romantic poets, European folk tales, Gothic art, and the occult. Finally, he considers the current mainstream goth of Instagram influencers, film, literature, and music.
The Art of Darkness features interviews with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Damned, Nick Cave, Southern Death Cult, Einstürzende Neubauten, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Throbbing Gristle, Danielle Dax, Lydia Lunch and many more. It offers a first-hand account of being there at the gigs and clubs that made the scene happen.
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