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John Robb

Do You Believe In The Power of Rock and Roll: Forty Years of Music Writing From the Frontline

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Do You Believe in the Power of Rock & Roll? is a history of alternative rock from John Robb, with the music still ringing in his ears.

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John Robb, Simon Price and Dorothy Max Prior

In Conversation + Signing

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Event Access (2 Spaces) + John Robb - The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth Paperback Book - £25.00 | Buy

Event Access (2 Spaces) + Dorothy Max Prior - 69 Exhibition Road Paperback Book - £23.00 | Buy
A very rare opportunity to see 3 knowledgeable stalwarts of their respective scenes, thrash out (hopefully not literally!) topics covered in their various excel...
Cathi Unsworth

Season of the Witch

*signed* hardback book - £22.00 | Buy
hardback book - £22.00 | Buy
The first book to cover in-depth and from an insider's perspective the inception and rise of goth - one of the world's most enduringly popular musical s...
Lol Tolhurst

Goth: A History

Limited *SIGNED* hardback book - £25.00 | Buy
hardback book - £25.00 | Buy
Following his memoir 'Cured', a fascinating deep dive into the dark Romanticism of Goth music, a misunderstood genre and culture, by co-founder of The C...
The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth

John Robb

The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth

Louder Than War Books
  • *signed* 680pp book

    Released: 17th Mar 2023


Finally, after a decade of work, countless interviews and immersing himself into the culture, John Robb's definitive book is a journey far into The Art Of Darkness.

The first in-depth book on Goth is a deep dive into the enduring culture and the social, historical and political backdrop that created the space for The Art Of Darkness to thrive.

680 pages with interviews with the likes of Andrew Eldritch, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Cult, The Banshees, The Damned, Einsturzende Neubauten, Danielle Dax, Johnny Marr, Trent Reznor, Adam Ant, Laibach, The Cure, Nick Cave and many others, this is a deepdive and walk on the dark side and into the very heartland of Goth. Every generation has got to deal with the blues - embrace the melancholy. Find a beauty in the darkness, a poetry in sex and death...Whether it’s the Roman love of ghost stories, European macabre folk tales of the Middle Ages, Romantic poets, or the original Gothic tribes sacking the Eternal City, a walk on the dark side has always had its attractions.

In the post-punk period, Generation Xerox saw music, clothes and culture come together to create one of the most enduring pop cultures of them all that still resonates to this day.. Goth. It may have been a retrospective term for a scene that was already thriving, but its back story goes back millennia. The book starts with the fall of Rome and ends with Instagram and Tik Tok influencers, taking diversions through Lord Byron, European folk tales, Indian sadhus, Gothic architecture, Romantic poets, philosophers and idealists before coalescing through the dark end of the Sixties’ youthquake, and then blooming like Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs Du Mal in the post-punk period. Defying the broken heartland of the post-industrial cities, the semi-forgotten satellite towns and the grim real politic of the Thatcher years, this was a post-punk culture full of dark dance and a death disco. The music soundtracked the style and a Stygian obsidian soundtrack fused the many fragments of culture that had been flirted with in the post-war pop narrative; a darker culture that began to coalesce around the holy trinity of the Doors, the Velvets and the Stooges in the late Sixties before flirting with glam rock, being amplified by punk, exploding as Goth, and then splintering into electronic dance music, industrial, psychobilly and new Goth, before finally filtering through dystopian Hollywood blockbusters, modern literature and throughout the modern world. In the late Seventies, Goth culture emerged around a clutch of bands who found a new form of beauty in the apocalyptic foreboding, as a new youth tribe took glam rock from the catwalk to the cobbles and onto their own dance floors, creating their own art of darkness.