Douglas MacIntyre & Grant McPhee Hungry Beat: The Scottish Pop Underground Movement (77-84)

Label
White Rabbit
Released
15th September 2022

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Ticket for Hungry Beat Launch, 20th September 2022, 7.30pm, Mono. No need for physical ticket, your name will be on the door!
Signed book + ticket
Ticket for Hungry Beat Launch, 20th September 2022, 7.30pm, Mono + Signed Hardback Book (collect at event).
Signed Hardback Book + 7"

Updates

Please note: we are still waiting for our shipment of the Hungry Beat Hardback with 7″. We’re expecting them to arrive on Friday 23rd.

We’re very excited to announce the launch party for Hungry Beat – an oral history of two landmark labels, Fast Product and Postcard Recordings Of Scotland. Nicola Meighan will interview Hungry Beat authors Douglas MacIntyre and Grant McPhee, after which Douglas will be joined by Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells), Campbell Owens (Aztec Camera) and Malcolm Ross (Josef K & Orange Juice) for a set of songs by groups associated with the Fast Product and Postcard labels. 20th September, 7.30pm, Mono. Tickets + Book Bundles available below!

The immense cultural contribution made by two maverick Scottish independent music labels, Fast Product and Postcard, cannot be underestimated. Bob Last and Hilary Morrison in Edinburgh, followed by Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins in Glasgow helped to create a confidence in being Scottish that hitherto had not existed in pop music (or the arts in general in Scotland). Their fierce independent spirit stamped a mark of quality and intelligence on everything they achieved, as did their role in the emergence of regional independent labels and cultural agitators, such as Rough Trade, Factory and Zoo.

Hungry Beat is a definitive oral history of these labels and the Scottish post-punk period. Covering the period 1977-1984, the book begins with the Subway Sect and the Slits performance on the White Riot tour in Edinburgh and takes us through to Bob Last shepherding the Human League from experimental electronic artists on Fast Product to their triumphant number one single in the UK and USA, Don’t You Want Me. Built on interviews with Last, Hilary Morrison, Paul Morley and members of The Human League, Scars, The Mekons, Fire Engines, Josef K, Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens and The Bluebells, Hungry Beat offers a comprehensive overview of one of the most important periods of Scottish cultural output and the two labels that changed the landscape of British music.

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