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1012, 2018

Faith No More book Small Victories features in end-of-year book lists

December 10th, 2018|Faith No More|1 Comment

Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More has featured in a number of early best-of lists for 2018.

The Herald – the longest running national newspaper in the world and the most-read national newspaper in Scotland – included Small Victories in its list of the best music books of 2018.

Teddy Jamieson wrote:

Adrian Harte’s account of the alt-rock stroke rap band Faith No More, Small Victories, is clearly a labour of love. His account of the band’s story is exhaustive, informed and studded with first-person testimonies.

The Herald

Music blog Midlife Mixtape also include Small Victories in their best music books round-up, saying:

This definitive bio by Adrian Harte fills in all the gaps about this post punk rock band that is the only musical search result when you search the term “midlife crisis.” My favorite is the blurb on the back from band member Bill Gould: “It provided me with more than a few revelations…and I’m in the band.”

Midlife Mixtape

France’s leading rock and metal magazine Rock Hard ranked Small Victories as one of its top 10 gifts for metal fans. They said:

It avoids a major stumbling block by not deifying a group whose human relationships were as complex as its music. His gaze is that of a rational fan and it will not fail to seduce fans of the San Francisco combo.

Rock Hard France
1911, 2018

Swiss station Couleur3 broadcasts Faith No More special

November 19th, 2018|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Leading Swiss-French public radio station Couleur3‘s flagship heavy metal show Rhinoféroce dedicated a whole episode this week to Faith No More and Small Victories.

I was interviewed at length about the band and the book, and a dozen FNM and FNM-related tracks were played in the hour-long programme.
You can listen here below:

Or on podcast here.

1611, 2018

London fans enjoy Small Victories night

November 16th, 2018|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

On Wednesday night, the Rock N Roll Book Club hosted a Small Victories and Faith No More night at the cosy and charming and historic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Around 50 Faith No More fans turned up for an evening of music and books. First up, Rock N Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviewed Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More about the book and the band. Julie, herself an esteemed author and an experienced host and presenter, expertly orchestrated the deep dive into the book. The interview was a mixture of short readings, probing questions and humorous insights, culminating in a series of questions from the audience.

Small Victories and Faith No More Q and A with the Rock N’Roll Book Club

The Rock N’ Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviews Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More live at the Dublin Castle.

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The discussion and subsequent book signing by the author was followed by what can only be described as a rip-roaring set by the ultimate Faith No More tribute act, Faith No Man. Opening their set with a Faith No More-ified version of “Paperback Writer”, the band got the crowd onto their feet and rocking with a hits-laden set that was eerily reminiscent of Faith No More themselves. Indeed, if you closed your eyes, one could almost imagine that they were The Real Thing.

Faith No Man at Small Victories book event

The brilliant Faith No Man play the Dublin Castle in Camden as part of the Rock N Roll Book Club’s Small Victories book signing event.

Posted by Faith No More 2.0 on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Thanks to a wonderful concept, the best possible venue, an enthusiastic audience, a brilliant band, an accomplished host, tuned-in staff, and a grateful author, the night was a huge success.

I would like to thank to Julie (and Tony) from the Rock N Roll Book Club, Bugbear, Dublin Castle, Troy, the two Matts, Steve and all of Faith No Man (go see this band!), Tom from Jawbone Press, Darrell, Nessie, Allen, Matt, Jimmy and everyone who attended.

911, 2018

Small Victories and Faith No More interview with Rock N’ Roll Archaeology podcast

November 9th, 2018|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

I had the great pleasure to speak at length with Christian Swain for his Rock N’ Roll Archaeology Deeper Digs in Rock series, which is now available for listening on your preferred podcast platform.

Or listen below

Spotify

Apple

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1110, 2018

Faith No More book signing in London on 14 November

October 11th, 2018|Faith No More|0 Comments

In association with the brilliant Rock N’ Roll Book Club, I’ll be holding an official UK launch and signing for Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More on Wednesday, 14 November in the iconic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Buy tickets here

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The evening will include an hour of on-stage chat with me and Rock N’ Roll Book Club host (and writer in her own right) Julie Hamill on the book and all things Faith No More.

Doors open at 715pm, and then Dublin Castle DJ and programmer Tony Gleed will kick off the proceedings with a DJ set from around 8pm.

The on-stage interview will take place from around 830pm, and the night will finish with a blistering set of Faith No More covers from the ultimate FNM tribute act, Faith No Man until around 11pm.

Copies of the book will be on sale on the night, and I’ll be signing copies until ink or drink runs out.

There is a cover charge – this is to cover the costs of the venue and promoters.

Get your tickets here.

 

2009, 2018

Latest book reviews

September 20th, 2018|Faith No More, News|3 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.”
2008, 2018

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

August 20th, 2018|Faith No More|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|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|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.

1304, 2018

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

April 13th, 2018|Faith No More, Links for a day|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.

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