Bedsit Land: The Strange Worlds of Soft Cell by Patrick Clarke

Bedsit Land: The Strange Worlds of Soft Cell by Patrick Clarke

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Scheduled publication date - 3rd September 2024

A rich and revealing examination of the legendary pop duo Soft Cell.

Soft Cell are not your average pop band. Marc Almond and Dave Ball may be best known for the string of hits they released in 1981, but the powerful first phase of their collaboration embraced a staggering array of sounds, influences and innovations that would change the face of music to come.

In Bedsit land, Patrick Clarke plunges into the archives and interviews more than sixty contributors, including the band members themselves, to follow Soft Cell through the many strange and sprawling worlds that shaped their extraordinary career. They lead him from the faded camp glamour of the British seaside to the dizzying thrills of the New York club scene. From transgressive student performance art to the sleaze and squalor of pre-gentrified Soho. From the glitz of British showbiz to the drug-addled chaos of post-Franco Spain.

Paperback / 256 pages