This Could Be the Greatest Audiobook Ever


Next month brings the release of "Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith," an autobiography by the legendary curmudgeon who has fronted British post-punk rabble rousers the Fall for the last 30 years. If you're not familiar with the Fall, well, I just don't know what to tell you. I would do a Discographically Speaking on them, but that might take the rest of the month. Just know that they were John Peel's favorite band and they are my favorite band, so what other endorsements do you need?

My first thought after finding out about the autobiography was the possibility of audiobook greatness. Only, of course, if MES himself did the reading, and not pulling a Dylan, who had Sean Penn narrate "Chronicles." I can hear it now...

-- "I was-uh (unintelligible garbling) MANCHESTER-uh."

-- Chapters 3 through 5 are missing because Smith just walks out of the recording booth.

-- Volume goes up and down at seemingly random moments thanks to Smith twiddling with the knobs in the studio.

-- Audio engineers fired, re-hired, then fired again during Chapter 13.

-- Audiobook split into chapters and released as 17 different audiobook compilations over the next five years.

(Random note: Sorry if you missed Two-Minute Man on Friday. I was too busy chatting with David Berman for a future feature on Post Rock. There will be a supersized version of 2MM this coming Friday.)

By David Malitz |  March 4, 2008; 9:00 AM ET Ridiculousness
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Man, if MES ever got therapy, It'd ruin everything!

Posted by: Paula | March 5, 2008 10:55 AM

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