Loops | FABERDOM1 | Released: 01/07/09
‘Here at last is a haven for adventurous long-form music writing of every sort: ruminations, rhapsodies, reported investigations and critical essays, pieces that range across time and the genrescape, and that focus intently on individual artists, songs, tiny moments of epiphany’
July 2009 brings the launch of landmark collaboration between two of the great Independents - Domino and Faber. Combining a deep passion and knowledge of pop music, pop culture and literature, Loops is an astonishing new journal dedicated to engaging, intelligent and diverse writing about music.
Publishing twice-yearly, Loops offers a landscape for today’s exceptional writers, musicians and artists to engage with subjects, individuals and issues that colour all corners of the pop music world. Free from the shackles of release schedules, Loops will provide a space for artists to publish tour diaries, non sequiturs and think-pieces, an opportunity for writers to stretch out and go off-map to share their thoughts and ideas, and a canvas for artists and photographers to exhibit beautiful, unusual and diverse works.
Issue 1 of this unique, collectible journal contains contributions as diverse as a previously unpublished feature by Nick Kent on Nick Drake from 1978, a piece by James Yorkston about his influences called Perfect Button Drumming, an essay on Spacemen 3 by Richard Milward and an extract from Nick Cave’s new novel The Death Of Bunny Munro (full contents overleaf).
Such material is backed by high spec production and design values, and showcased within lush, desirable packaging with each issue of the journal bearing a unique, specially commissioned cover, and the bespoke ‘Braid’ typeface of the Loops logo.
Loops events are planned throughout 2009, from The Great Escape to Camp Bestival to Rough Trade– hosting a series of unique panels and performances from Loops contributors, Domino artists and Faber authors. Loops will also have a home on the web, bolstered by the strong online presence of both Domino and Faber, with a designated website packed with extra material. www.loopsjournal.com
Loops is edited by Lee Brackstone and Richard King. Lee Brackstone is Publishing Director at Faber and Faber for pop culture titles and fiction. The Faber pop culture list has published such influential works as Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming, Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again and Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces. Richard King has worked at Domino, the UK's leading independent music label for 15 years. In that time he has seen the label release records by Arctic Monkeys, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, Sebadoh and Robert Wyatt and build an incredible history and reputation.