EXTRACT: The Story Behind The Music | Sex Pistols First Recording Session
An account of the Sex Pistols first recording session at Majestic Studios with Chris Spedding at the helm, taken from Clinton Heylin’s Anarchy in the Year Zero.
ARTICLE: Featherstone’s Rich and Impressive History of Fighting Back
Ian Clayton’s response to the Brexit Party media circus sweeping in to his home town of Featherstone, sowing seeds of division with a stage show of mass hypnotism.
LISTEN: Bringing It All Back Home With CP Lee
Ian Clayton in conversation with the great raconteur, musician, author and cultural historian CP Lee in the first of a series of Bringing It All Back Home live events.
VIDEO: Clinton Heylin Talks Fairport Convention
Clinton Heylin introduces Fairport Convention’s What We Did On Our Holidays at a 50th anniversary celebration of the album hosted by The CAT Club, Pontefract.
EXTRACT: The Story Behind The Music | Iain Matthews Busby Babes
The Story behind Iain Matthews’s song ‘Busby Babes’.
EXTRACT: The Story Behind The Music | Seven Bridges Road
In this short extract from his memor Thro’ My Eyes, Iain Matthews picks up the story of Steve Young’s ‘Seven Bridges Road’, the arrangement of which was controversially lifted from his album Valley Hi by the Eagles, without credit.
BLOG: Upon Yon Hill The Game Will Commence
Ian Clayton reflects on the long tradition of the Haxey Hood game, a sort of mass scrum of beer drinkers, which ‘stands head and shoulders for me above anything I’ve ever seen to do with pubs’.
LISTEN: Bob Dylan Interview | Mary Travers and Friend Radio Show
In his book No One Else Could Play That Tune Clinton Heylin notes that the only contemporary radio interview in which Bob Dylan discussed Blood On The Tracks was with Mary Travers but he carefully steered her away from it after a brief exchange. This is said interview (just the talk, the commercials and music are edited out).
EXTRACT: Bob Dylan’s Lost ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Guitar
An extract from Clinton Heylin’s monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune, Peter Rowan recalls Dylan calling round to his house to buy a Martin guitar and playing his new suite of songs from the as yet unrecorded Blood on the Tracks.
VIDEO: Paul Hanley at Louder Than Words Festival
Paul Hanley in conversation with John Robb at Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester, talking about his book Leave The Capital: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings.
LISTEN: Clinton Heylin Talks Blood on the Tracks
A podcast of Clinton Heylin’s presentation at Durham Book Festival 2018. Clinton reads from his monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune, plays two tracks from the New York recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks and takes questions from the floor.
LISTEN: Iain Matthews Radio Interview With Jonti Willis
Iain Matthews in an hour long interview with Jonti Willis on the Sine FM Roots and Acoustic show recorded in October 2018. Iain talks about his life, music and book in between the playing of selected songs.
FEATURE: What’s The Beer Book About?
A blog post by Ian Clayton on his new book It’s The Beer Talking: Adventures in Public Houses.
EVENT: Iain Matthews Book Launch | Stories, Songs & Celebration
Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton join together for for an evening of stories, songs and celebration in the intimate settings of the Tap & Barrel theatre room.
EVENTS: Blood On The Tracks Events With Clinton Heylin
Clinton Heylin is taking to the road to talk about the Blood on the Tracks New York recording sessions, with events in Pontefract, Durham, Tulsa and New York.
NEW TITLE: It’s The Beer Talking by Ian Clayton
Details of Ian Clayton’s new memoir, It’s The Beer Talking: Adventures In Public Houses. Advance copies now available to order.
PREVIEW: The Recording of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks
The Story Behind The Music: A brief overview of the New York Blood on the Tracks sessions taken from Clinton Heylin’s monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune: The Making Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece.
BOOK LAUNCH: No One Else Could Play That Tune: The Making and Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece
Saturday 13th October, at Tap & Barrel, Pontefract. In association with The CAT Club and to mark National Album Day, we will also be playing the New York version of Blood on the Tracks. The event starts at 2:45pm.
NEWS: Wanted Man Study Series | Take Two
Route is delighted to publish a new edition in the Wanted Man Study Series, starting with Take II – Vol.1, Clinton Heylin’s monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune: The Making and Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece.
EXTRACT: The Story Behind the Music
September 4th 1976, Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show So It Goes broadcasts The Sex Pistols performance of ‘Anarchy in the UK’.
LISTEN: Clinton Heylin With Tim Moon on Coast and County Radio
Clinton Heylin interviewed by Tim Moon on The Folk Programme on Coast and County Radio about Clinton’s book on Fairport Convention What We Did Instead of Holidays.
NEW TITLE: Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir by Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton
Details of Thro’ My Eyes, Iain Matthews memoir, now available to order, including a Deluxe Edition with accompanying double CD.
EXTRACT: A Coat of Many Colours
Clinton Heylin’s prelude to What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and It’s Extended Folk-Rock Family
VIDEO: Leave The Capital Trailer
Video trailer for Paul Hanley’s Leave The Capital: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings
VIDEO: What We Did Instead of Holidays Trailer
Trailer for Clinton Heylin’s book What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and Its Extended Folk-Rock Family.
NEWS: Route Acquires Iain Matthews Memoir Thro’ My Eyes
Route is delighted to announce the acquisition of the memoir of legendary singer-songwriter Iain Matthews. Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir tells the story of over fifty years of making music.
VIDEO: John Wood In Conversation With Clinton Heylin
Record producer John Wood in conversation with Clinton Heylin. They talk about some of the seminal albums he made and the artists he worked with including Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny and Squeeze.
NEW TITLE: What We Did Instead of Holidays
A History of Fairport Convention and Its Extended Folk-Rock Family by leading music historian Clinton Heylin, a comprehensive new biography of Fairport Convention and their many offshoots, telling the full story of English folk-rock in its golden era (1968-1982).
LISTEN: Paul Hanley on Charity Shop Classics
Paul Hanley presents a series of records bought in a chairty shop to Gavin Hogg on All FM’s show Charity Shop Classics.
FEATURE: And a tow, row, row, row, row. In memory of the Captain…
Michael Nath paid tribute to Mark E Smith at an event at the Poetry Café. Covent Garden, London, ‘A Celebration of Mark E Smith and The Fall’ held on Monday 12th February, a few short weeks after Mark’s death. Here’s what Michael read on the night.
LISTEN: Paul Hanley on Church of The Fall
Paul Hanley talks with Steve Titley on the Church of The Fall show on FAB Radio International, with musical interludes.
LISTEN: Simon Wolstencroft on Church of The Fall
Simon Wolstencroft sharing stories and playing tunes on The Church of The Fall radio show with Steve Titley on FAB Radio International.
VIDEO: Paul Hanley In Conversation at Manchester Central Library
Paul Hanley in conversation with Brendan O’Shea at a Library Lounge event.
VIDEO: Trouble In Mind Book Launch
Clinton Heylin talks with the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, at the book launch for Trouble in Mind.
AUDIO: Mickey Bradley Radio Show | Leave The Capital Special
Mickey Bradley of The Undertones dedicates half of his weekly show on BBC Radio Ulster to Leave The Capital, with music and stories. You may have heard books reviewed on the radio before, but we wager you might not have heard a book review quite like this.
PODCAST: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years With Clinton Heylin
Clinton Heylin discusses Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years with a capacity audience at Edward’s, Sheffield.
EXTRACT: Trouble In Mind Introduction
Before The Flood – Clinton Heylin’s Introduction to Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened.
PLAYLIST: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings
Paul Hanley’s book Leave The Capital refashions the history of Manchester music. He tells his story by plotting through 13 key recordings that helped shape the city and its music. These are the recordings.
NEW TITLE: Trouble In Mind by Clinton Heylin
New Bob Dylan title from Clinton Heylin, Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened, the perfect accompaniment to the forthcoming gospel years Bootleg Series Vol. 13.
PROMOTION: Route Summer Reads
We all deserve a good read this summer. A selection of our finest titles from just £2.99 on Kindle. Enjoy your holidays.
NEW TITLE: Leave The Capital by Paul Hanley
Route is delighted to announce the acquisition of the debut book by legendary drummer Paul Hanley.
VIDEO: Mike Garry In Conversation With CP Lee
Mike Garry talks about his life, work and the city of Manchester with fellow Mancunian writer CP Lee at Louder Than Words Festival. The talk is punctuated by readings throughout.
AUDIO: Maureen Prest on Carl Gresham Radio Show
Maureen Prest in conversation with Carl Gresham on BCB Radio, includes music related to her book King of Clubs.
PHOTOS: Exhibition of Route Book Covers
Some of our book covers exhibited in various rooms at the Libros Gallery.
VIDEO: Hanley Brothers on Soundcheck
The Hanley Brothers in conversation with John Robb on Soundcheck, a That’s Manchester TV show, talking The Fall and The Extricated.
VIDEO: JUDAS! Launch
Clinton Heylin talks with Ian Clayton at the book launch for JUDAS!.
VIDEO: King of Clubs Launch TV Feature
ITV’s Calendar feature on the launch of King of Clubs at Batley Town Hall, 24th March 2017.
VIDEO: Magic Moments
James Corrigan and Maureen Prest on ITV’s Magic Moments talking about Batley Variety Club. Recorded in 1999.
VIDEO: TV Preview for King of Clubs book
A TV preview of the book King of Clubs, with archive footage and author Maureen Prest talking about James Corrigan and the Batley Variety Club.
VIDEO: You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide Relaunch Party
Simon Wolstencroft Q&A plus live music from The G-O-D.
NEW TITLE: You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide by Simon Wolstencroft
An access all areas pass to the back alleys and living rooms of the musical mavericks synonymous with the city of Manchester.
NEW TITLE: King of Clubs by Maureen Prest
Route acquires the only insider’s account of what really went on at his world famous Batley Variety Club,
VIDEO: Simon Wolstencroft in conversation with Mike Bennett
Funky Si interview at Louder Than Words Festival, 2016.
VIDEO: Bob Dylan’s 1965 Los Angeles Press Conference
Bob Dylan’s classic 1965 Los Angeles press conference in full, with moving pictures.
NEW TITLE: JUDAS! From Forest Hills to The Free Trade Hall
Clinton Heylin’s essential guide to Bob Dylan at his blistering best. ‘The definitive written account of Dylan’s historic and pivotal 1965-66 world tours.’ – Bobdylan.com.
VIDEO: Badlands Bob Dylan Day
Bob Dylan Day at Badlands record store in Cheltenham with Clinton Heylin behind the counter answering questions on 1966 and more besides.
VIDEO: Tom Hingley Live at Chapel FM, Leeds
A full solo set from Tom in the initimate atmosphere of the Chapel FM Theatre in Leeds.
NEW TITLE: I, Daniel Blake
Official book for Palme d’Or winning film, I, Daniel Blake. Out now. ‘Ken Loach is back with a protest cry for common humanity.’ – Sight & Sound.
VIDEO: Pontefract Festival of Stories Playlist
Over ten days the Pontefract Festival of Stories reflected the content and spirit of Ian Clayton’s Bringing It All Back Home, incorporating music, film and good conversation. Here’s a video playlist from the festival.
INTERVIEW: Ian Clayton | Bringing It All Back Home
As Ian Clayton’s Bringing It All Back Home approaches its tenth anniversary and we prepare to mark the occasion at the Pontefract Festival of Stories, here is an interview Ian conducted about the book in 2006 prior to publication.
NEWS: Red Shed Book | Stories Wanted
Route is working with Wakefield Labour Club to create a book to mark the 50th anniversary of The Red Shed, and we’re looking for stories from as many people as possible.
AUDIO: The Screen On The Green
29th August 1976 was the day Punk in the UK exploded. Buzzcocks, Clash and Sex Pistols share a bill for the first time. All the audio here.
VIDEO: The Big Midweek | Stewart Lee Session
Stewart Lee hosts a conversation about the book The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall with Steve Hanley, Olivia Piekarski, Brix Smith Start and Simon Rogers.
FEATURE: Smith’s Enemies
A feature by Øyvind Holen on books about The Fall from D2, the weekly lifestyle magazine supplement for Norway’s largest business newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv.
VIDEO: Simon Wolstencroft | Turning Down The Smiths
Simon Wolstencroft tells the story of how he came to turn down the offer of playing in The Smiths, after drumming on their first recording.
VIDEO: Tony Garnett | The Day the Music Died
Tony Garnett speaks about his memoir The Day the Music Died at Unity Works, Wakefield.
PODCAST: Clinton Heylin | The Middles Show
Mick Middles talks with Clinton Heylin about Anarchy in the Year Zero, with music from Sex Pistols recorded live in 1976, plus The Clash, The Stooges and PiL. Recorded 3rd June 2016.
VIDEO: Cannes Press Conference for I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien, Dave Johns and Hayley Squires face the media at Cannes Film Festival, May 2016
INTERVIEW: Clinton Heylin: Anarchy in the Year Zero
When Clinton Heylin called in to Route HQ to sign the Collector’s Edition of Anarchy in the Year Zero, he took time out to answer some questions about the book..
ARTICLE: My Express Column | Ian Clayton
After over 5 years of writing a weekly column for his local paper, Ian Clayton gets a letter from an editor who he has never met before to tell him they can no longer pay him for his services.
VIDEO: The BBC and Miners’ Strikes
Writer and producer Tony Garnett presents the key-note speech at With Banners Held High, a day-long event remembering the 1984/85 miners’ strike, held at Unity Works, Wakefield, Saturday 5 March 2016.
VIDEO: In Conversation: Tom Hingley and Mike Joyce
Tom Hingley (ex Inspiral Carpets) and Mike Joyce (ex The Smiths) recorded in conversation in Manchester on the occasion of the book launch for Carpet Burns: Life With Inspiral Carpets.
VIDEO: Carpet Burns Paperback Launch
Tom Hingley performing at the launch of his book Carpet Burns: Life With Inspiral Carpets held at the Tap & Barrel in Pontefract. See Tom perform Inspirals classic ‘Bitches Brew’ and his new song ‘Beggar’s Hand’ at the launch. Tom was supported on the night by Glass Caves. Click here to watch Glass Caves perform ‘Swim’ on the night.
EXTRACT: Nice One Cyril
An extract from Ian Clayton’s book Right Up Your Street, released on 14 February on the feast of St Cyril in honour of this lesser known saint and champion of vernacular language. Click here for more.
PREVIEW: Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of ’76
Route is delighted to announce the acquisition of Clinton Heylin’s explosive new Punk chronicle: Anarchy in the Year Zero: Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Class of ’76, to be published on the 40th anniversary of one of the most significant gigs in British popular music history, when The Sex Pistols played the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
EXTRACT: A Sloe Christmas
An extract from Ian Clayton’s book Right Up Your Street: the great Boxing Day tradition of decanting homemade sloe gin and then supping it as a chaser with a pint of beer among friends.
NEW TITLE: Right Up Your Street
Ian Clayton’s new book Right Up Your Street is now with us. In keeping with the book, it will be released locally at first, and won’t be available in bookshops until February 2016. Until then, it is available from selected outlets only: including direct from Route. Click here for more.
PODCAST: The Last of Britain
Michael Nath and Nick Groom recorded in conversation at Ilkley Literature Festival 2015.In an event entitled The Last of Britain, Nick reads from his book The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year and Michael reads from his novel British Story, before engaging in a conversation about Britishness, character and cultural heritage. Followed by questions from the audience. The running time is 50:03. Click here to listen.
WATCH: Tom Hingley ‘Prodigal Son’
Tom Hingley sings ‘Prodigal Son’ at La Rosa Hotel, Whitby. Where Lewis Carroll stayed for his holidays.
ARTICLE: Train Journeys of Colombia
An extract from an article on Train Journeys of Colombia in Le Monde Diplomatique by Robin Oisín Llewellyn, which details Ramon Chao’s book The Train of Ice and Fire.
WATCH: Talk Like That – Tom Hingley on NVTV
Tom Hingley chats with Connor McKernan of Belfast’s NVTV about his memoir Carpet Burns, his career to date and performs two tracks, ‘Glory Days’ and ‘Prodigal Son’.
REVIEW: Tom Hingley at Belfast Book Festival
Review of Tom Hingley’s interview and gig at Belfast Book Festival 2015
LISTEN: Ian Clayton at Glossop Record Club
A podcast of Ian Clayton’s presentation of Billie Holiday’s album, Songs for Distingué Lovers, plus some rare 78s at Glossop Record Club. Read an account of the trip here.
LISTEN: WFMU Radio Fall Specials
Six hours of The Fall in US radio show extravaganza. Features chats with Steve Hanley, Marc Riley & Brix, plus choice live recordings of The Fall from 1978-1998, plus a set from a specially assembled Fall cover band.
NEW BOOK: Wisdom of Our Own
The remarkable story a group of working-class women who, empowered by the Women Against Pit Closures movement, built an award-winning community learning centre on their own doorstep.
REVIEW: The Big Midweek in the New Statesman
Totally mired: The Big Midweek reveals the dark side of The Fall. Review by Austin Collings.
REVIEW: British Story a Morning Star Book of the Year
‘An audacious, encyclopaedic tour of the often violent and always edgy relationship between the English, Welsh and Scottish nations.’
WATCH:Brix and The Extricated
Video, set list, context and review links for Brix and The Extricated debut gig at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester.
FEATURE: Backbone of The Strike
In an article written for programme of the Crucible Theatre production of Queen Coal, Dave Waddington outlines how the efforts of women in the 1984/85 miners’ strike were arguably more vital than those of their menfolk
WATCH: British Story Tour: Lincoln Video
Michael Nath reads from British Story on tour in Lincoln
REVIEW: Los Angeles Review of Books
Simon Lee’s considered and lengthy review of The Big Midweek for the Los Angeles Review of Books.