Revolutionary Spirit - An Evening With Paul Simpson

Tuesday 27th February 2024
19:00 at Oh Me Oh My , West Africa House, 25 Water Street , Liverpool, L2 0RG

Revolutionary Spirit - An Evening With Paul Simpson

Waterstones Liverpool are delighted to present an evening with Paul Simpson as he discusses his long-awaited memoir "Revolutionary Spirit - A Post-Punk Exorcism: The Teardrop Explodes, Care, The Wild Swans and Beyond" 

Part memoir, part social history, Revolutionary Spirit is the poignant, often hilarious story of a cult Liverpool musician s scenic route to fame and artistic validation. If Morrissey was the Oscar Wilde of the 1980s indie scene, Simpson was its William Blake, a self-destructive genius so lost in mystical visions of a new arcadia that he couldn't meet the rent. Simpson's career begins alongside fellow Liverpool luminaries Julian Cope, Ian McCulloch, Bill Drummond, Ian Broudie, Will Sergeant, Pete Burns and Pete de Freitas at the infamous Eric's club, where, in 1976, he finds himself at the birth of the city's second great musical explosion. Along the way, he co-founds and christens the neo-psychedelic pop group The Teardrop Explodes, shares a flat with a teenage Courtney Love, and forms The Wild Swans, the indie band of choice for literary-minded teens in the early 1980s, who burn bright and brief, in the process recording one of the all-time great cult hit singles, Revolutionary Spirit . Marriage, fatherhood, and tropical illness follow, interspersed with artistic collaborations with Bill Drummond and members of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, among others. Following an onstage reunion with Cope at the Royal Festival Hall, Simpson discovers that seven thousand miles away, in the Philippines, he is considered a musical god. Presidential suites, armed guards, police escorts . . . you couldn't make it up, and, incredibly, he doesn't need to. Revolutionary Spirit marks the arrival of an original literary voice. It is the story of a musician driven by an unerring belief that artistic integrity will bring its own rewards, and an elliptical elegy to the ways it does.

Join us to hear Paul Simpson discuss his beautifully stirring memoir and share stories from across his musical career. The event will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing - copies of the book will be available to buy on the evening.

We are delighted to announced that Paul will be in conversation with his great friend Will Sergeant.  

Please note - due to demand for tickets we have changed the date and venue of this event. The new date and venue is Tues 27th Feb at Oh Me Oh My.

Further details: 0151 709 9820

Oh Me Oh My , West Africa House, 25 Water Street , Liverpool, L2 0RG

Tuesday 27th February 2024

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