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    Googling a bit on Paul Lester (author of the forthcoming Wire book) I came across a reference at the end of his blog about the book he'd written about Gang Of Four:

    "My next book is on Wire, a band so austere, grave and cerebral they do indeed make Gang of Four look like Oasis. I wonder how long it will be before the tales of fucking and fighting start to emerge there. And have you ever been disappointed – or delighted - to discover that a band weren't exactly as you'd imagined?"

    Talk about missing the point. God help us is all I can say - especially if you read the oversimplified nonsense he wrote in his blog about the Gang Of Four

    Some choice comments at the end of the article about Wire, especially this, by Chewtoy:

    "Go4 and Wire are both overrated, too cerebral to come up with some decent tunes. The solo projects by Lewis and Gilbert were much better. They made a good album with Daniel Miller under the name Duet Emmo, and Lewis made the fabulous single 'Pump' under the name He Said. "

    A little ray of sanity by Stevens3am, re Lester's suitability to write the GO4 book:

    "If you expected all those non-sequiturs, then surely you weren't the most-qualified person to write the book then?"

    Lester's Gang Of Four book has the frankly awful title of Damaged Gods. What's he going to call the Wire one then ?

    Punk Flag ?
    Read and burn?

    good one.

    hopefully the book won't be so bad.
    "What's he going to call the Wire one then ? "

    Hair's Missing.
    Ha ! Astbury you're on fire ! That's brilliant..

    Well, news just in, I can put us all out of our misery, it's called Lowdon: The Story of Wire, with a 70s era photo on the cover of the lads looking suitably austere, grave and cerebral...
    >>Hair's Missing<<
    Air's missing?
    Book cover has a good pic of the lads at least
    "It will take you behind the scenes and feature interviews with the original members, following them up to the present, poised as they are to come back with a brand new album and filled with a renewed sense of vigour as one of the most important bands in the last thirty years."

    Sounds like this one's been waiting in the wings for a while, then.
    is the author talking past tense (when he did the interviews/research) or in the here and now?
    Here and now
    The intro's referring to Object 47, but the book's not out until next year.
    so any clues if wire is already working on their next release? or is that too 'ambitious'
    The latter, I think. But at least this time, Wire isn't dead—just resting and recharging. As far as I know, the next Githead is a long way along, however, so that's probably next. (That said, Wire's doing live stuff in Jan/Feb, and so you never know whether things might start getting cooked up.)
    Not wishing to review a book before it exists (like those halfwits who post on but its hardly going to be 'The Motley Crue Story' is it?
    Not sure if Paul Lester has done his interviews with Wire for the book yet but I can't imagine them being interested in recounting any tales of glamour and excess, if indeed there are any. Presumably there will be no access to Bruce either.
    He may have to resort to writing about the music. What might have worked would be a track-by-track book along the lines of XTCs 'Song Stories' or Iain Macdonalds book 'Revolution in the Head'.
    What I always hoped for is more of a look at Wire's process in the studio. I don't mean something like The Beatles Recording Sessions where each take is noted and discussed endlessly, but something that was a good answer to ELAH's excellent look at lyrical structure and interpretation.


    Is it possible to generally infer from solo recordings and projects what each band member brought to the table for a Wire album?

    When machines were more prominent (specifically Manscape and The First Letter), what roles did the band members typically fall into?

    How does Dome go from being Dome to coming up with Ambitious once they were in the studio as Wire (and Colin had taken a temporary leave of absence)?

    Mike Thorne's contributions are fairly well discussed elsewhere, but what about Gareth Jones? Daniel Miller?

    You know, obsessed-fan topics like that.

    Also, as fascinating as each member's path is and has been over the years, I tend to think that Mr. Gilbert in particular could yield a splendid autobiography. That may just be my curiosity speaking due to his disappearance of late, but also...
    ...I thought it was about me!!!
    Maybe he could call the book

    Plead and Spurn
    Object 59 and a half

    No, Hairs Missing is the one to go for!

    So it looks as if it won't be likely to eclipse 'Everybody Loves a Hiss Story?'
    objection 47?
    come back in 4 halves
    It seems not to
    "Ink Flog" ?