Distr.  : UK - Boomkat
Style   : indie / alternative /

SWELL   001     JOWE HEAD               SWELL MAPS 1972-1980            7"+bk   02.2022

Full-colour 152-page hardcover book with 7". Limited to 1000 copies.

Swell Maps were formed in Jowe’s home town of Solihull, England with various school
friends in 1972.

The group, also featuring the late Nikki Sudden and Nikki’s brother, the late Epic
Soundtracks, along with Phones Sportsman, John Cockrill, and Richard Earl emerged
in the late 1970s, and are now known as legendary pioneers of what is now referred
to as “alternative rock” or “post-punk” with their blend of punk rock mixed with
experimental and psychedelic sounds. 

Together they released four 7” singles, the first in 1977 on their own Rather Records
and two critically acclaimed albums in a brief but dramatic career, that led to them
topping the UK independent charts, and influencing bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana
 and Blur. 

In this 155-page biography of the band, Jowe takes us to each members’ formative
years and reveals what made them experiment with challenging music and eventually
come together to form Swell Maps. Through his own recollections and utilizing
interviews with former members, he explores the early days of the band, and details
stories that bring the reader into the inner workings of the band as they traveled
through the late 70s cultural scene in Europe. The last section of the book updates
the whereabouts of all the key players.

The book includes dozens of full-colour images of band memorabilia from the author’s
personal collection, including photos, posters, flyers, artwork, original lyrics,
and more. Additionally, a 7” vinyl single is included that features tracks never
before released anywhere.