Barry Adamson : photo Maria Cosgrove




Barry Adamson (Magazine, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) has announced a live recording of his 40th anniversary show from October 2018 at London’s Union Chapel.

The limited edition album is released through Live Here Now on 2 August 2019, and will be available on CD, double coloured vinyl and digitally, with all physical pre-orders signed by Barry Adamson


The album documents the entire set from the Union Chapel Show, which was performed with a full band and added strings and brass – the ultimate Barry Adamson live experience!

The Union Chapel show includes songs across Adamson’s whole career including Soul Murder’s ‘Split’, ‘Jazz Devil’ (As Above So Below), ‘Sounds From The Big House’ (Moss Side Story), ‘I Got Clothes’ (Love Sick Dick), ‘The Hummingbird’ (Memento Mori) and the Magazine classic ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me’.

In 2018 he released Memento Mori a 40th anniversary anthology charting his career from 1978’s Magazine track, ‘Parade’ (co-written by Adamson, from their debut album Real Life); to his work as founding member, alongside Nick Cave, of the Bad Seeds (‘From Her To Eternity’, co-written by Adamson); through his nine solo albums, from 1988’s Moss Side Story to the latest Love Sick Dick EPs, bringing everything up to date with a brand new unreleased track, ‘The Hummingbird’.

Barry Adamson has been creating all of his life. Brought up in Manchester’s Moss Side, Adamson learnt to play the bass overnight for Magazine, Manchester’s most influential band of that era. When they disbanded, five albums later in 1981, his singular style was spotted by The Birthday Party, with whom he played several times.

His establishment as a solo artist came after a three-year stint with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds with the release of his classic first solo album, Moss Side Story – the ultimate soundtrack to an “imaginary film” – which raised Adamson’s name as a composer of diverse complexity; able to tell a story with music, where the images were those supplanted in the minds of the listeners. Adamson has worked with some of the film industry’s most intriguing mavericks including Derek Jarman (The Last of England, 1987), David  Lynch (The Lost Highway, 1997), Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers, 1994) and Danny Boyle (The Beach, 2000).

Having released nine studio albums, including the 1992 Mercury Music Prize nominated Soul Murder, 1996’s Oedipus Schmoedipus,

which includes collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and The Associates’ Billy McKenzie, and his most recent release, Know Where To Run, which was in part inspired by a recent US tour, back playing with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds after 23 years, Adamson’s talents are as much demand by new generations of artists as he was after his first solo release, with collaborations in recent years across a variety of art forms, including an Olivier Award winning ballet performance by Sylvie Guillem and the Ballet Boyz scored by Adamson.

Musician, composer, writer, photographer, filmmaker. Barry Adamson is not a man to take it easy.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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