On Monday 16 March, writer and legendary Haçienda DJ Dave Haslan will be coming to The Crescent to talk to John Moores about his latest book Art Decades.
Art Decades is a series of mini books. The series explores a variety of subjects rooted in cities, in lived experience, and a love for music, literature, and art.
James O’Brien (broadcaster, LBC) – “These are really lovely editions & beautifully written”.
Book three – Searching For Love: Courtney Love in Liverpool, 1982 – will be published March 2nd 2020. At the age of 17 – before Hole, before meeting Kurt Cobain – Courtney Love took a trip to Liverpool. In Searching For Love, Dave Haslam collects stories of her stay. We learn that her days were filled with cider and LSD; that in Liverpool she lost her virginity while listening to Isolation by Joy Division; that she hung out in Café Tabac, and Probe Records; wrote songs about porridge; feuded with Pete Burns; and drank Grand Marnier all the way to Manchester. There isn’t a story more delightfully sex, drugs and rock & roll than Haslam’s story of Courtney Love in Liverpool, but it’s also about youth – in all its (sometimes gruesome) glory – and memory, self-mythology, and an intriguing, inspiring episode in the life of a music icon.
Book one in the Art Decades series – A Life In Thirty-Five Boxes: How I Survived Selling My Record Collection – was published in June 2019. Feedback from Dan Clapton; “Looks and feels lovely – addresses so many issues and thoughts. it’s almost in many ways not about the vinyl – it’s brilliant on so many levels”.
Book two in the series – We the Youth; Keith Haring’s New York Nightlife – is an exploration of how the nightlife of downtown New York was a formative influence on the life and art of Keith Haring. Keith Haring’s friend and housemate (1980-82), Samantha McEwen described it as “So amazing… the book is a dream”
Books in the Art Decades series are available here.
Dave Haslan in conversation with John Moores takes place at The Crescent on Monday 16 March 2020. Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm, finish around 9.30pm. Tickets are £6 in advance (more on the door) and are available from Earworm Records, the venue in person or online via See Tickets.