2009, 2018

Latest book reviews

September 20th, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

Here’s a round-up of the latest book reviews for Small Victories

Reviews of Small Victories

Classic Rock magazine

“Harte’s eye for detail coupled with bullseye analysis and a breezy prose style illuminates the band’s dramatic and chaotic trajectory with authoritative calm…Moreish quotes and anecdotes further sugar the ride, and ultimately steer the book into the category marked “Essential”.” ClassicRock

Planet Rock magazine (UK)

“Genuinely insightful, Harte’s focus on the quintet’s punk attitude and thrillingly eclectic, forward-thinking music does a great service to both.” PlanetRock_redacted

Record Collector

“Harte’s work probes every cranny and crevice with the zeal of a hungry aye-aye looking for grubs…Small Victories delivers the goods on musical insights and in-fights.” “A fascinating insight into one of the greatest bands ever to capture – and perhaps fracture – the public imagination.” 082018_bb-aye-aye-lemur_feat

Spectrum Culture

“Harte’s prose manages to describe the music as well as the delicate and challenging writing process that brought five very different egos together to create the quintessential Faith No More sound. Despite the band’s penchant for pissing off audiences (and each other), Harte recounts just how driven the band were for success and how that drive often conflicted with their need to be artistically true to themselves. Where a band like the Replacements acted out to satisfy some deep-seated need to sabotage themselves, Harte asserts Faith No More acted out to stave off boredom.”
“Small Victories is a joy to read. Faith No More has an impossibly complex history and a habit of deliberately obfuscating the truth, and Harte has managed to streamline all of it into a cohesive and compelling narrative.”

Under the Radar

“Harte’s narrative is so engaging, one does not want the band’s tale to end. For the Faith No More enthusiast, there is much to dig into here. But perhaps more tellingly and to the book’s great credit, even the Faith No More newbie will be entranced and enrapt by the tale.”

The Wire

“Adrian Harte’s extraordinarily dense biography presents a strong case for the band’s multfacetedness…A notoriously volatile group of individuals, each member is portrayed as both flawed and virtuous; in other words, human. This tells a story their well documented public snipes at one another cannot. There’s some acute analysis from Harte regarding Mike Patton.” TheWire

The Irish Times

“Harte, who runs an entertaining and valued blog on the band, has delivered a solid, well-researched and affectionate portrait.”

Wee Review

“A meticulously researched and highly readable work…Small Victories will surely prove to be the definitive book on a band who were long overdue the biographical treatment.”

Sound Renaissance

“Harte, the curator behind Faith No More 2.0, infuses a collection of interviews with band members, managers, and key figures. These first-hand testimonies are cunningly interwoven with an empirical narrative that serves as an encyclopedia for every triumph and struggle the band has faced.”

Rock N’ Roll Fables

“Small Victories answers all of your burning questions along with insight even the most faithful FNM devotee may not know. Where did Mike Bordin get the nickname “Puffy”? How does Cliff Burton fit into all of this madness? Was Courtney Love actually a one-time FNM vocalist? Did the band really reach out to Chris Cornell when Chuck Mosley was ousted? “The most comprehensive Faith No More book you’ll ever get your hands on, hands down, and a must own for fans of the band or of the evolution of rock music.”
2708, 2018

Buy Faith No More book Small Victories in the UK

August 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Some retailers have already Small Victories on sale today (27 August) one week early, while the rest will have it on sales on 3 September, when the ebook edition also goes on sale.

Here’s how and where to pick up Small Victories in the UK.

High street shops

Try your local bookshop. If it is an independent shop, they should will be able to get it in. Or you can order through Hive, and then pick it up at your local shop.

For Waterstones, if you click and collect online you can pick up in one of their stores. They may also have some on their shelves. Ask – and please ask them to order in more.

WH Smith are unlikely to have them on their shelves except in their biggest stores. But order at your local store or online and they’ll get it in.

Foyles have copies in their Charing Cross store in London.

Online

Here is a long list of online shops with direct links to buy.
Hive
Waterstones
WH Smith
Foyles
Amazon
Telegraph
Guardian
Blackwells
Wordery
Alibris

Ebooks

The book will be available from Amazon Kindle store and Apple iBooks store on 3 September. Order now and it will be delivered to your device on that date.
iBooks:
Kindle:

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Others:

Watch out for dodgy fake pdf versions online. They are riddled with viruses and fake.

Also, try not to buy from “used book” websites on Amazon or elsewhere online. The author – me – gets nothing from these sales.

2008, 2018

Links for a Day 206: Latest book news, and some band news

August 20th, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

Publication date for Small Victories in Europe and the UK  (3 September) is just two weeks away, so coverage is cranking up.

RADIO INTERVIEW

First up, I spoke to Mark Montague and Steve on The Last Transmission on Phonic FM last Friday night.
You can listen to the whole show below, and I speak for around 30 minutes from 1:00 (one hour) in:

INTERVIEW

I also spoke to the Sports Journalists’ Association in the UK about the book. Check out the piece here.

Like many reporters who have moved into production or PR, I still felt the urge to write. The site helped with that and also keeping on top of emerging media technologies, but following the release of Faith No More’s comeback album in 2015, I felt a nagging need to tell their story.

PLANET ROCK REVIEW

In case you missed it, Planet Rock gave Small Victories a rave review in their latest edition:

EBOOKS AVAILABLE 3 SEPTEMBER

All ebook editions of Small Victories will be on sale and available everywhere on 3 September. You’ll be able to get them on that date from Kindle and the Apple iBooks store and other stores, and they look wonderful.

HELP AND BUY

Lastly, on the book – how you can help and where you can buy.
Please order now at your local bookshop to make sure they will have on their shelves by the UK/Europe launch date on 3 September.
Amazon: http://geni.us/YdG3 
Waterstones
Hive

Fishpond
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
Indigo
Foyles
Wordery
Eason’s 

QUICK LINKS

MIKE PATTON INTERVIEW

Mike gave a very wide-ranging interview to Den of Geek on his film work last week.

I’ve been in a band for, ugh, many bands, for 30 years. So, to me, making a soundtrack is something that is close to my heart. I’m a big fan of film composers, but also, it keeps me at home. It’s not a new band that I have to tour, so absolutely, I hope I can do more.”

Mike Patton

BILLY JOINS MC50

Bill Gould will be joining Wayne Kramer on tour for three months as part of MC5, or MC50 as the 50th anniversary tour is known. Bill will play a host of dates in US and Europe in September, October, and November.
Full tour dates here.

1506, 2018

Links for a day 205: World Cup. Dead Cross, book and mash-up

June 15th, 2018|Tags: , , |7 Comments

World Cup of Faith No More

In the greatest crossover event of all time, the Faith No More World Cup has kicked off on Twitter. Thirty-two Faith No More songs divided into 8 groups of 4. Twitter users vote for the favourite and the two with the most votes in each group advance to the round of 16. Then it is one song against another all the way until the final.
See all the polls here and vote

 

Book interviews

Interest is picking up on my Faith No More book, Small Victories—published by Jawbone Press in September—and two sites have published interviews with me this week.
Here is my chat with Hungarian site Fülesbagoly 

And my interview—including a small excerpt that did not make the final edit—with Czech cultural site Protisedi

Dead Cross on tour

Mike Patton and Dead Cross are earning rave reviews for their high-octane European tour shows. I get the chance to see Dead Cross in Lausanne next week but here are some links showing their recent shows:
Great close-up of video of Dead Cross’s last-minute show in Camden

Friend of the site Nessie captured some great shots here on our Freaks and Geeks page

Jim and Faith No More Followers were at Dead Cross at Download last weekend, and here is their comprehensive review of the two shows.

Is When Good Dogs Do Bad Things the best Patton vocal?

Revolver magazine ran a fan poll to find the best Mike Patton vocal performance, and the Dillinger Escape Plan track was the winner.

Faith No More v Muse v Oasis

I stumbled across another of those Epic-featuring mash-ups recently, and actually the Oasis meets Epic part is somehow alluring.

More book stuff

Here is my guide on where to buy the book if you’re not keen on Amazon.

2704, 2018

ON THIS DAY: Faith No More play Hammersmith 1990 full audio

April 27th, 2018|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Faith No More played the Hammersmith Odeon on the 27 April 1990, on the first of two career-defining nights in London. It was the band’s fourth UK tour in the space on 10 months, and they were at the peak of their popularity and power. They would play Brixton Academy, where You Fat Bastards was filmed, the following night, playing to almost 9,000 people in London over two nights.

Here is audio of the Hammersmith show:

And, of course, you can read all about this historic tour in the Faith No More biography Small Victories, available for pre-order now.
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1304, 2018

LINKS FOR A DAY 204: Book round-up and more

April 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Amazingly, this is the first Links for a Day post in over a year.

In mitigation, I’ve been busy-—with the book.

There’s been some good coverage in the past few weeks.

Here’s the most recent interview with the Faith No More blog, which goes into some detail on writing the book and what’s covered:

For fans, this will be a book that tells the full story of Faith No More – with new stories, new details, and new insight from band members and key figures. If you want to know how and why the band started; how the various members joined and left; how the band were signed and signed again; how and why they had such success with The Real Thing; how the albums were made; what happened on tours; who nearly joined the band; how and why the band split; how and why the band got back together; and what the band thought and think of it all – and much, much more – then this is the book for you.

And here’s a story from Patton Fanatic.

Remember, you can buy the book from your Amazon store/shop here.

A video of Faith No More playing their scintillating set at the industry showcase at the Foundations Forum metal expo in Los Angeles 1989 has surfaced this week on YouTube via Malochio. The story behind the show features in Small Victories, but suffice to say Metallica and Axl Rose all feature.

2802, 2018

New Bill Gould interview in Kerrang!

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , |4 Comments

The latest issue of Kerrang! features an in-depth interview with Bill Gould on Faith No More’s history and a little bit about the band’s future.

He says:

‘We talk all the time. Are we still a band? I can’t tell you. Last time around, we didn’t even tell our wives that we were making music again, so I’m fucked if I’m going to tell you!’

Bill also gives some nice details on the band’s past – something that of course will be covered in Small Victories, the Faith No More biography which will be published in September.

 

1111, 2017

Chuck Mosley RIP

November 11th, 2017|Tags: |10 Comments

The tragic death of Chuck Mosley has left all Faith No More fans devastated, numb and bereft. Chuck was the voice of Faith No More for most of the 1980s, and in many ways the personification of the the raw, untamed and brash band spirit.

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I did not know Chuck. Unlike many fans, I did not get the chance to meet him in person. But I spoke to him by phone and email. And in recent research I got to appreciate profoundly his role in the band’s creation and evolution and early success. I attempted to capture this contribution and legacy and this spirit and essence over many pages and many months. But today, despite darkness and despair, the band, his band, succeeded in capturing that essence in pitch perfect fashion in a few hours, in a few lines:

It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part. How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.

Chuck – charismatic, boisterous, quick-witted – was a natural front man. He joined Faith No More in 1983. The band wanted a presence for live shows rather than a voice for recordings. And Chuck delivered: he was part poet, part punk preacher, part precarious performer, all attitude.

His devil-may-care demeanour was a little deceptive. He said of his introduction to Faith No More: ‘I was really nervous. And I remember being in awe of this sound because I hadn’t heard anything like it before. It made me nervous because I didn’t know what to do with it. You know what I mean? That was where the rapping came from.’ That’s the origin of rap-rock. Punk attitude, unfamiliar music, improvisation — allied to having little chance to rehearse with the rest of the band based down the coast in San Francisco — led to chanting and ranting and, eventually, when things calmed down somewhat in the studio, to rapping: ‘I was just like screaming to the beat, like ranting. Not rapping, but ranting.’

Chuck was also an accomplished lyricist, capable of devastating self-awareness and of expressing delicate and personal emotion. And equally adept at penning party anthems and catchy chatter. He hit his lyrical and vocal peak on ‘The Crab Song’, probably the most personal and romantic song in the Faith No More oeuvre. It is the perfect embodiment of how Chuck’s bratty rap could perfectly complement Faith No More’s music. Lyrically, he evokes every emotion in a doomed relationship arc: love, yearning, frustration, anger, hatred, regret. Or, as Chuck has himself said: ‘Getting broken up with, thus turning from a sad little love monkey into a raging psychopathic, blood-lusting, sociopath of a serial killer, inflicting the pain in your heart upon everyone who has the misfortune of crossing your path….theoretically speaking…per se…a real bloodbath…..then turning back into a sad little love chimp oh so regretful of what you’ve done.’

Now I know why everything turns grey, but it’s our own world we paint
And I want the brightest, I want flourescence every day and night

 

Deepest sympathy to the band and all who were close to Chuck. A special word for his dear friend Douglas Esper, who went beyond the call of duty to ensure that Chuck got the recognition he so richly deserved in recent years.

Heartfelt sympathy to Chuck’s long-term partner Pip Logan, his two daughters, Erica and Sophie, and to his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley.

 

 

 

607, 2017

My Faith No More biography set for 2018 release

July 6th, 2017|20 Comments

So, finally, some news on the book

 

Jawbone Press, the leading UK music book publishers, will release Small Victories, the new definitive biography of Faith No More written by former BBC and Guardian journalist Adrian Harte, in autumn 2018.

Based on meticulous research and hundreds of extensive new interviews with current and former band members and other key figures, the book will tell the story of one of the most significant bands of the late 20th century, and show how Faith No More helped redefine rock, metal and alternative music.

Author Adrian Harte, editor of the popular Faith No More 2.0 website and media intelligence manager at European football organisation UEFA, said. “I’m extremely grateful to Jawbone Press for giving me this opportunity to tell the true story of Faith No More. I hope that the book – written with the diligence of a journalist but the passion of a fan – will do justice to this captivating band and give Faith No More the book it deserves.”

The book will be published by Jawbone Press in autumn 2018. Jawbone Press has a rich history of publishing books with interesting angles and untold stories.

For book updates between now and publication follow @faithnomore20 and faithnomorebook.com

 

1805, 2017

Faith No More pay tribute to late, great Chris Cornell

May 18th, 2017|1 Comment


The music world is still stunned with shock and sadness at the passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave and all-round rock god and rock legend Chris Cornell.

Faith No More and Soundgarden followed parallel and often criss-crossing paths from the Seattle band’s earliest shows – sometimes literally sharing a stage – right up until 2014 in Hyde Park.

Therefore it was no great surprise that FNM paid heartfelt tribute to Chris today:

“Chris Cornell was a Great Singer and Songwriter, and an old, dear Friend of Everyone in This Band.

His sudden passing is beyond comprehension right now.

Our heartfelt condolences and best wishes to His Children, Loved Ones, and Musical Partners.

May He R.I.P.”

Mike Patton also paid tribute:

“Very sad news about Chris Cornell. Did a lot of roadwork with him and Soundgarden. He was a very nice guy. My sympathies to his family, the Soundgarden family and his friends. May he rest in peace.”

The connection between the bands was so strong that Chris was even considered as a potential vocalist for Faith No More after they parted company with Chuck Mosley. Greg Prato explained in Classic Rock:

“Eventually, the search for a singer began and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s name came up.

“Soundgarden opened up for us a few times in Seattle,” remembers Gould. “We were friends with them. I think one day, Mike and I went to Chris’s house to jam, but I don’t think that we had a musical connection.”

And Soundgarden took the chance to show their appreciation to FNM in Prato’s Faith No More and Mr Bungle Companion:

“This was weird”- our first gigs with Faith No More, we opened for them, our next gigs with Faith No More they opened for us, and then our next gigs with Faith No More, we’re opening for them again. That was before ‘Superunknown’ blew up [in 1994], so it might have turned all around again! We’ve toured with Faith No More probably more than anybody.” – Kim Thayil

“That’s when Faith No More was at their full mighty power, and they were just incredible. Oh my God. They were just one of the most stunning bands I’ve ever seen in my life.” – Matt Cameron

 

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