William and Jim Reid & The Jesus And Mary Chain Never Understood

White Rabbit
15th August 2024

Format Info

Record Store Edition: Signed Deluxe Edition
Limited to 1500 copies, published 5 September 2024: SIGNED BY WILLIAM AND JIM – with alternate, original cover artwork and housed in a bespoke slipcase all designed by William Reid.

Comes with Exclusive Mix CD, compiled by William and Jim Reid.
Hardback Book
Comes with Exclusive Mix CD, compiled by William and Jim Reid.


Standard Hardback published August 14th

Deluxe Edition published September 5th

We’re so excited to be working with our long-term friends and heroes, The Jesus And Mary Chain on Never Understood. Both formats come with a Monorail Exclusive mix CD,  half curated by William, half by Jim. 

For the first time, William and Jim lay down the definitive story of The Jesus & Mary Chain.

For 5 years after they’d swapped sought-after apprenticeships for life on the dole, brothers William and Jim Reid sat up till the early hours in the front room of their parents’ East Kilbride council house, plotting their path to world domination over endless cups of tea, with the music turned down low so as not to wake their sleeping sister. They knew they couldn’t play in the same band because they’d argue too much, so they’d describe their dream ensembles to each other until finally they realised that these two perfect bands were actually the same band, and the name of that band was The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The rest was not silence, and picking up those conversations again more than 40 years later, William and Jim tell the full story of one of Britain’s greatest guitar bands for the very first time – a wildly funny and improbably moving chronicle of brotherly strife, feedback, riots, drug and alcohol addiction, eternal outsiders and extreme shyness, that also somehow manages to be a love letter to the Scottish working-class family.

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