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The Mission – At War With The Gods

The Mission - At War With The Gods (Cover)UPDATE:

Author Alex Daniele has announced that his recent release, “THE MISSION – At War With The Gods (26 May 2014) will soon be available for purchase through The Mission’s Official Store.

Distribution will also be made in Greece through Ars Nocturna – Gothic Books.

Supplies should be stocked within the coming two weeks.

This hand-numbered limited-to-1000-copies edition is 350 pages and filled with more than 200 rare and exclusive photographs.  Pre-orders filled quickly and took a good portion of books off the market before it even hit the market.

More:  Original tribe4mian article | 21 May 2014


THE MISSION - At War With The Gods - Official Website

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Books/Literary, Goth, etc., Music


THE MISSION – At War With The Gods

The Mission - At War With The Gods (Cover)


A written documentary of the first 25 years of the English band THE MISSION is about to be released.  Written by Alex Daniele, the book, THE MISSION – At War With The Gods”, chronicles the band’s early footsteps and humble beginnings through their reformation in 2011.

The limited-edition book is a whopping 350 pages packed with over 200 rare and exclusive photographs.

Painstaking attention to detail was made over the course of several years as Daniele compiled information, images, interviews, and tidbits from those who, at one point or another, walked beside The Mission’s members.

Contributors to the book’s contents include Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams, Simon Hinkler, Mike Kelly, manager George Allen, Cinthya Hussey, producer Steve Whitfield, and a who’s who list of other notables.

Included in that list is our very own New Zero God singer, Mike Pougounas, who is credited as “the singer of the Greek band The Flowers Of Romance that was produced by Wayne Hussey”.  Indeed, back in 1995, Hussey and Pougounas teamed up on the 5th studio release by The Flowers Of Romance.  “Brilliant Mistakes” was recorded in The Mission’s Bristol Studio, “Swirlsound“, as well as in the AthenianIn Studio“.  Wayne Hussey not only produced, but also provided backing vocals, loops, and additional guitars for what would become The Flowers Of Romance’s most successful album. Steve Whitfield, the sound engineer for The Cure and The Mission UK, was in charge of mixing the album. [More on The Flowers Of Romance, “Brilliant Mistakes” HERE.]

This limited-to-1000-copies edition will be hand-numbered and pre-orders are filling quickly.  According to my conversation with Daniele, a major chunk of the stock has already been sold and he’s working feverishly as the countdown to release winds down.  For those outside the UK/Euro zone, full information and purchasing details will be made public after the 27th of May, 2014.

To read more or to place a pre-order, click HERE.

Book Credits:

Alex Daniele [Ascension/Italy]

Alex Daniele [Ascension/Italy]

© 2014 Sand Castles Productions.

Written by Ascension Promotions | Edited by Danny Tartaglia and Graham Chisnall | Final editing by Danny Tartaglia | Artwork concept by Alex Daniele

Cover concept by Cinthya Hussey and Candy Rosenbaum | Cover photo: ‘The Mission – Sinners Day’, copyright © Roger op den CampBack cover photo: ‘The Mission in Spring 2013’, copyright © Rhory Danniells


The Black Book, by Captain Swing

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Chaos, controversy, experimentation, finding one’s self in an endless sea of copycat cookie-cutter molds.  The late 70’s ushered in a new era in the world of music.  A period in music history that, to this day, thrives upon the rebellion against authority. Refusing to bow down to corporate mandates of how it’s supposed to be done.

And somewhere off the beaten path roamed a 16 year old who was about to take the world and put it exactly where he wanted it to be.  Right in the middle of the greatest musical revolution this one 16 year old with a penchant for release decided that Leeds, one of the most influential little spots on the planet, was about to be turned upside down.

The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing

The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing

The rest is history.  All bound up and neatly packaged between the covers of his latest release, “The Black Book (The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska) by Captain Swing“.

Through the magic of the written word, Rouska takes an entire generational slice of life and reveals what it was like from day one.  The day the music world spun 360 degrees off its axis.  The day the Rouska Ethic would be born.

With a limited pressing of 250 hand-numbered editions, jam-packed with details, stories, and rarely seen (and some never-seen) photos, the birth of punk-rock, glam, and modernist revival are chronicled by one person who took the bull by the horns during the 80’s upheaval, making his own mark in the history of DIY non-conformist ethics.

Not available in any shops, you’ll have to take a spin by the 1977cc website for all the details, a few tidbits of history, and the golden-ticket order form.  It took all of a minute to place my own order and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.  It looks to be a great read as I live through what I missed out on the first time around.

Grab your own limited copy, HERE.

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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Books/Literary, Goth, etc., Publications


Release The Bats… : The History Of The Greek Dark Alternative Scene

The long awaited book about the Greek Dark Alternative Scene is about to be published soon.

The author of the book, Nick Drivas, knows the history of the scene first hand, since he was/is an active part of it…(click HERE for more details about Nick).

Our intelligence informs us that it covers the era 1980-2010, with details about each band, coloured album covers, photos and… a 17 track CD featuring some unreleased material.

Release The Bats… : The History Of The Greek Dark Alternative Scene” is written in Greek and will be published by Art Nocturna, someday in November 2012.

Here is a video that will give you an idea.


Bukowski – Born into this


Dark Paths – The History of the Greek “Dark” Alternative scene

In about two months from now, a book on the history of the Greek “Dark” alternative scene is being prepared to be published. The book tries to capture what happened in this scene, its development, events, concerts (of foreign and local acts) and the main bands that represented it.

It consists of 4 main chapters, one for each decade (80’s, 90’s, 00’s, 10’s) and also focuses in detail on some 40 bands and also another that much bands with smaller reports and presentations. For this project many group photographs, concert posters and record covers have been gathered, which contribute to the visual aspect of the book.

The book will also be accompanied by a CD compilation with 17 tracks that cover the entire range of the scene.
More info soon…


Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Books/Literary, Goth, etc.


The DIY ethic

Since my last post had to do with the cassette culture and the DIY ethic of punk rock, I thought, “why not to expand a little more…”

According to wikipedia “DIY culture (abbreviation of Do It Yourself) is a broad term that refers to a wide range of elements in non-mainstream society, such as grassroots political and social activism, independent music, art, and film.”

I said to myself, “that would be an interesting issue to write about…”

So I will use quotes from wikipedia or from other sources that I will mention every time.

“In the punk subculture, the DIY ethic is tied to punk ideology and anticonsumerism, as a rejection of the need to purchase items or use existing systems or processes. Arguably since the 1970’s; emerging punk bands began to record their music, produce albums and merchandise, distribute their works and often performed basement shows in residential homes rather than at traditional venue, to avoid corporate sponsorship or to secure freedom in performance. Since many venues tend to shy away from more experimental music, houses are often the only places at which these bands can play.” (wikipedia)

So, I said, lets check the YouTube.

And this is what I found:

“Taken from From the documentary Northwest Passage: Birth of Portland’s DIY Culture, Greg Sage’s legendary Wipers live in 1983.”

Wikipedia continues as follows: “Adherents of the DIY punk ethic can also work collectively. For example, punk impresario David Ferguson’s CD Presents was a DIY concert production, recording studio, and record label network.

The DIY punk ethic also applies to everyday living, such as learning bicycle repair rather than taking a bike to a mechanic’s shop, sewing/repairing/modifying clothing rather than buying new clothes, starting vegetable gardens, and reclaiming recyclable products by dumpster diving. Some educators also engage in DIY teaching techniques, sometimes referred to as Edupunk”

So, I found a trailer of the documentary “D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist” that was directed by Michael W. Dean and released in 2002.

Dean  also “allowed and even encouraged people to make copies for non-commercial use.”

It features interviews with Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Jim Rose, J. G. Thirlwell of Foetus, Mike Watt, Eric McFadden, Richard Kern (filmmaker), Ron Asheton of The Stooges, Madigan Shive of Bonfire Madigan, Dave Brockie of Gwar and others.

If you are interested, follow the link to Michael W. Dean who posted the film for free downloading.

I also found a trailer of the documentary “Roll Up Your Sleeves” directed by Dylan Haskins in 2008.

“DIY is about giving the tools to the people that have something to say.
Roll Up Your Sleeves is a manifesto for an alternative way of organising, working and thinking.”

“Roll Up Your Sleeves examines the relationship between DIY culture and the need for autonomous social spaces, looking at various projects across Europe and how these compare with the situation in Ireland.”

Sounds interesting ?

Take a look:

There is this link that takes you to the “Scissors and Glue”, published by Oxford University in 2006.  

Here is a little teaser for you:

“Yet, it remains within the subculture of punk music where the homemade, A4, stapled and photocopied fanzines of the late 1970s fostered the ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) production techniques of cut-n-paste letterforms, photocopied and collaged images, hand-scrawled and typewritten texts, to create a recognizable graphic design aesthetic. The employment of such techniques and technologies has had an impact on an overall idiosyncratic and distinctive visual style affiliated with punk fanzines.”

So, this brings us to the next vid I found, a documentary about “two comic book artists who publish their own work.”

And who doesn’t like a good comic book ?

So, thats it for now.

I will continue when I’ll find the time for more.

Unfortunately, this post was not done entirely by myself…but…anyways…

Its not bad sharing interesting stuff with the correct information whenever you can…