San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We welcome you to join us in a celebration of all things folk with our good friends from The Local, London's foremost hub of quiet music and the team behind the wonderful Shhh and The End Festivals.
JP Bean joins us from Sheffield to discuss his new book 'Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs', which was the first acquisition for Faber by editor-at-large Jarvis Cocker. Singing from the Floor tells the story of smokey rooms above pubs, bare rooms with battered stools and beer-stained tables, where the stage was little more than a scrap of carpet and sound systems were unheard of. This is where an acoustic revolution took place in Britain in the 1950s and 60s.
He is joined by William Atkins reading from The Moor, which is published by Faber & Faber in May. In this deeply personal journey across our nation's most forbidding and most mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, in search of the heart of this elusive landscape. His account is both travelogue and natural history, and an exploration of moorland's uniquely captivating position in our literature, history and psyche.
We have live music from BBC 6Music favourite London based singer-songwriter Sophie Jamieson and Jack Cheshire, described by the Sunday Times as "…exquisite melancholy song writing in the finest traditions of mildly psychedelic, quintessentially English, stoner folk." DJ Howard Monk completes the evening spinning folk selections away from his monthly residence at Shoreditch's Ace Hotel.
As a thank you for buying a ticket to the Faber Social, we'd like to offer you 30% off Singing from the Floor by JP Bean at faber.co.uk. Simply enter the code folkmusic when you place your order. Offer ends 01.04.2014.
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Faber & Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses in London. We were established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber and our first editor was T. S. Eliot. We are proud to publish prize-winning fiction and non-fiction, as well as an unrivalled list of modern poets and playwrights. Among our list of writers we have six Booker Prize winners and twelve Nobel Laureates, and we continue to seek out the most exciting and innovative writers at work today.