Saturday, 26 October 2019

Bless The Day #1: People That's Why


‘People That’s Why’ by the Idle Few is a perennial Northern Soul favourite, ideal for filling dancefloors and for home listening. It is a song all about universal fellowship, helping those less well-off, materially or spiritually. It remains gloriously uplifting, spirit revivifying. It is a burst of blue-eyed soul, thrilling and arresting right from the opening attack of drums, the heraldic fanfare of brass, and is at times a veritable cavalry charge of a track and at others a beautiful piece of sincere testimony.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Doing The Rounds and other essays



YOUR HEART OUT PRESENTS:

DOING THE ROUNDS
and other essays

by Kevin Pearce

with a cover designed by Per-Christian Hille

NEW BOOK OUT NOW IN AN EXCLUSIVE ELECTRONIC EDITION

This is a celebratory collection of writing. The core of the book is a series of linked essays, which are appreciations of the authors Ali Smith, Shena Mackay, Jonathan Coe, and John Murray. These are at times fiercely forensic and at others wildly divergent. And there is a lot of music, politics, and laughter within these pieces.

In addition, there is a loving look at some of Penny Reel’s writings, with particular attention paid to his very personal myths about the origins of modernism among the youth of North and East London. And there is an essay in praise of the photography of George Plemper, with specific reference to some striking shots he took of a young mod couple in Woolwich Dockyard back in 1981.

This collection of essays is the work of Kevin Pearce, who is perhaps best known as the author of Something Beginning With O, which was published by Heavenly in 1993 and has been described by Michael Bracewell as an “excellent survey of art-pop outsiders”. His work also includes film scripts for the London films of Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne, as well as the recent pop culture trilogy which takes in the titles A Moment Worth Waiting For, You Know My Name: The Lovers, The Dreamers and Bobby Scott, and A Cracked Jewel Case.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Cracked Jewel Case - a short promotional film


This is a short promotional film about A Cracked Jewel Case by Kevin Pearce. The video was put together by Per-Christian Hille who designed the cover for the book. A Cracked Jewel Case is available digitally through Amazon. If you can help spread the word everyone at YHO will be eternally grateful.

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Cracked Jewel Case


YOUR HEART OUT PRESENTS:

A CRACKED JEWEL CASE


by Kevin Pearce

with a cover designed by Per-Christian Hille

NEW BOOK OUT NOW IN AN EXCLUSIVE ELECTRONIC EDITION

“Here’s a book that you should open if you want to know much more about ...”

1990s pop. Opening up versus closing down. How the energy was passed around. When one thing led to another. So many new worlds to discover. Take a pile of compact discs. And find out who was taking risks. A dog-eared digipak and a cracked jewel case. Here’s to those who never knew their place. Sometimes distance offers new perspectives. Revealing clues to the pop detectives.

Pick out fragments of what was happening. Put them together to create new patterns. Depth charge bass and broken beats. Wildflowers growing in the streets. Shadows dance all across the wall. A lovers melody for when you fall. Did you ever hear the dub mix? Old games transformed by brand new tricks. Buying back sounds rashly sold. Bringing in names from the cold. Revelations hiding in plain sight. Dusty corners needing some new light.

A Cracked Jewel Case is the final part in a trilogy of titles that form a dub history of late twentieth century pop culture. The other books in the series are A Moment Worth Waiting For and You Know My Name: The Lovers, The Dreamers and Bobby Scott. They are the work of Kevin Pearce whose writing includes the acclaimed book of pop mythography Something Beginning With O and scripts for the London films of Paul Kelly & Saint Etienne.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

You Know My Name - a short promotional film


This is a short promotional film about You Know My Name: The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me by Kevin Pearce. The video was put together by Per-Christian Hille who designed the cover for the book. You Know My Name is available digitally through Amazon. If you can help spread the word everyone at YHO will be eternally grateful.


Friday, 12 June 2015

You Know My Name


YOUR HEART OUT PRESENTS:

YOU KNOW MY NAME:
THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS, AND BOBBY SCOTT

by Kevin Pearce
with a cover designed by Per-Christian Hille

NEW BOOK OUT NOW IN AN EXCLUSIVE ELECTRONIC EDITION

“This is a book about Bobby Scott. Or rather it is a book that starts with Bobby Scott and ends with Bobby Scott. It is all to do with discovering his music and what it leads to. It is a meditation on musical contexts and connections. The book uses Bobby as a totem, in terms of wide-ranging interests and varied activities. It is a celebration of a magnificent musical journey and illogical career progression.”

Let Daniel Williams explain further about this new chapter of dub history:

Perhaps you won’t actually know his name, but if you’ve any interest in the jazz, soul, pop, folk, blues or Brazilian music of the 1960s and 70s, then you will almost certainly have heard either the songs or the piano playing of Bobby Scott. Take ‘A Taste of Honey’, recorded by The Beatles for their first LP – that’s one of Bobby’s. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, another.

Following on from his previous book, ‘A Moment Worth Waiting For’, which focussed on the early 1980s and took the equally adventurous Vic Godard as its touchstone, here Kevin Pearce traces an insightful and alternative path through the music of the two previous decades – alternative in the sense that Bobby Scott and many of the singers and musicians with whom he worked have not been anything like as celebrated as they deserve to be.

Bobby Scott’s approach was genre-blind if not genre-busting, illustrative of the plurality, interconnectedness, and cross-pollinating tendencies of a certain type of musical adventurer. He was, in the best sense of the word, a mastermind, but one who never lost sight of the gifts which individual singers possessed.

This was a man who packed a lot of living into too short a life. From precocious and energetic youth to grey-bearded patrician, Bobby composed, arranged, conducted, produced, sang, and played on countless sets of music, working with an amazing cast of fellow musicians and singers, including Bobby Darin, Jackie Paris, Chet Baker, Roland Kirk, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Timi Yuro, Nana Mouskouri, Esther Ofarim, Catherine Howe, Luiz Bonfá, Eumir Deodato, Marvin Gaye, and Dionne Warwick – and just as many less well-known performers, each treated by the writer on the merits of the work they left behind rather than plaudits gathered along the way.

It’s a journey which ‘You Know My Name’ maps in meticulous detail and with great affection, building a portrait of a gifted, fascinating, and generous man, as well as a rich and enlightening history of the music of the times. Among others, Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz, Gary McFarland and Lalo Schifrin all also feature prominently in the story as it diverges from its central character to record the influential effect that Brazilian bossa nova had on music in the United States from the early 1960s onwards.

The book becomes an evocation of the depth, breadth and staying power of the great American and Brazilian songbooks, and in so doing, an extended treatise on the art of singing. Bobby Scott – himself a vocalist of raw emotional power – is rightfully rescued from the cracks in history down which he has fallen, and along with him, dozens of fine singers and musicians worthy of far greater attention than they received at the time.

"Kevin Pearce is a writer whose work includes the acclaimed work of pop mythography ‘Something Beginning With O’ and film scripts for ‘Finisterre’ and ‘What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?’, two of the Paul Kelly/Saint Etienne London films.”


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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Moment Worth Waiting For


A MOMENT WORTH WAITING FOR by KEVIN PEARCE is the first book to be published by Your Heart Out. It has a beautiful cover designed by Per-Christian Hille. That should be enough, but to help provide some context this is a selection of quotes about the book:

A Moment Worth Waiting For is a quietly extraordinary book, as fond as it is forensic. It’s guided by the spirit of “discovery… neglected dusty corners … aesthetics and romance, a passion for learning, a fascination with how things fit together”. It explores songs, artists, imaginative ley lines, moments of possibility that are often left out of histories. If this project sounds personal, well, in some ways it is. A Moment Worth Waiting For doesn’t offer big theoretical statements. But every page is studded with insights, connections and subtle realignments of the status quo.” - Sukhdev Sandhu, The Wire

“I would like to suggest it to everyone who loves music and everything essential and peripheral to its making. A mixture of world class memory recall, gleaning and in the end, fabulous writing. Have a look...” – Stephen Pastel

“Out now in digital format for the price of a modern day, city centre pint is A Moment Worth Waiting For. It’s a glorious mind map of forgotten sounds and styles that continually side steps traditional ideas of writing about music and zig zags across records, scenes and artists honing in on and making connections you are sure to have either missed or more likely never dreamt of.” – Subbaculture
“It’s very much the journey and work of a lifetime. The depth of the research – and / or recall – is amazing; key to the book is the contemporary music criticism upon which Kevin draws, so obviously influential in terms of his developing taste. But those well-remembered moments of discovery are merely the beginning, and it’s the lifetime of subsequent listening and exploration which adds lightly disguised layers of retrospective understanding to each instance of musical epiphany.” – A Jumped-Up Pantry Boy

“Generally speaking I don’t like books about music/musicians, often only of interest to the dedicated music aficionado or fan but of no general appeal, however I have to make an exception for Kevin Pearce’s A Moment Worth Waiting For and I am frankly in awe at the breadth and depth of Mr Pearce’s research. Right from the start Mr Pearce offers up a veritable feast to the reader, leading us down one musical pathway after another, many ending up in totally unexpected territory, but fear not, this is the author’s story and he is the guiding light throughout the book, joining the dots to give us a pretty extensive musical and cultural overview of the times. Quotes from a number of sources are ingeniously inserted in to the narrative, always apposite, in context, always credited and some very funny.  You’ll have to delve in yourselves to find out what is in there for you and there is sure to be something that will pique the interest, illuminate and enlighten you.” - Gertie Grocott, www.vicgodard.co.uk

“Prompted by Vic's mention, talk moves on to Kevin Pearce, the brilliant and prolific writer, researcher and cataloguer behind a slew of fiercely passionate zines, books, and blogs including Hungry Beat, Something Beginning With O and Your Heart Out. Pearce's work is marked out by both its eloquence and its depth of research”. – Helen King, The Quietus

You can also read what people are saying about the book on Goodreads. You might even want to have your say there or elsewhere.

The book is available in digital format through Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com or your local equivalent.