For 25 years Mark E. Smith and The Fall have consistently produced the most uncompromising and complex records available in contemporary music. This music combined with Smith's lyrical originality and inimitable singing style, has inspired more than a generation of groups, including Echo & the Bunnymen, Blur, Sonic Youth and Pavement. Hip Priest follows the story of The Fall, from their early days rehearsing in an attic in Prestwich, Manchester, to today's position as internationally renowned cult heroes.
In Hip Priest Simon Ford tells, for the first time, Smith's and The Fall's uncensored story - all the sackings, the bust-ups, the hard and good times - all in it's mad glory. In the course of extensive research he has hunted down and interviewed many of the key figures behind The Fall, including Una Baines, Martin Bramah, Steve Hanley and Brix E. Smith. It's a story that stalks the recent history of popular music like a bad conscience, from Punk's explosive beginnings, through New Wave, Manchester, Britpop, and beyond. Hip Priest is testament to the importance of one of contemporary music's most enduring talents.