Available in the Ghost Box Guest Shop now, this anthology of revised and updated articles from Stephen Prince’s A Year in The Country blog. Including considerations of the work of writers including Rob Young, John Wyndham, Richard Mabey and Mark Fisher, and of musicians and groups The Owl Service, Jane Weaver, Shirley Collins, Broadcast, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Virginia Astley and Kate Bush, the artists Edward Chell, Jeremy Deller and Barbara Jones and record labels Trunk, Folk Police, Ghost Box and Finders Keepers.
Stephen was a guest on BBC3’s Late Junction the other night talking about the book and playing amongst other wonderful things, an Advisory Circle track:
A Year In The Country is a set of year-long journeys through spectral fields; cyclical explorations of an otherly pastoralism, the outer reaches of folk culture and the spectres of hauntology. It is a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land. As a project, it has included a website featuring writing, artwork and music which stems from that otherly pastoral/spectral hauntological intertwining, alongside a growing catalogue of album releases.
“…author Prince has pulled together a mass of material culled not only from the website and its associated albums, but also a great deal more that was written specifically for the book. And the result is spellbinding.”
Dave Thompson, Goldmine
“…the first book of it’s kind to catalogue all these disparate strands, many of which cross over time and space to influence one another.”
“…an essential field guide to a distinct aesthetic that remains loosely defined, like a fluttering night moth that would die if pinned down.”
Ben Graham, Shindig!
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