As the title states, “The First Time I Heard…” is a compilation of stories on musical inspiration, as told by the likes of Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape For A Blue Girl), Emma Anderson/Miki Berenyi (Lush) and many others.
Series are edited by the acclaimed novelist Scott Heim (Mysterious Skin) and so far there were five installments:
The First Time I Heard Joy Division / New Order – featuring Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Aidan Baker, Mark Beazley (Rothko), Morgan Lhote (Stereolab) and others.
The First Time I Heard Cocteau Twins – featuring Ian Masters (Pale Saints), Mark Van Hoen (Locust), Harold Budd and others.
The First Time I Heard David Bowie – featuring Nyles Lannon (Film School), Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), Michelle Leon (Babes In Toyland) and others.
The First Time I Heard The Smiths – featuring Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set), Lou Rhodes (Lamb) and others.
The First Time I Heard Kate Bush – featuring Ryan Newmyer (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Louise Rutkowski (Hope Blister, This Mortal Coil) and others.
Future editions will include books on Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine and Pixies.
All of the books are available for purchase via Amazon and you can also check out Scott’s blog on Goodreads to find out more info on the series.
Also – visit Facebook page dedicated to the series and/or check out a video trailer below.