Tuesday, 9 June 2009

That time I got locked in a dressing room with Nicky Wire...

All this week Drowned in Sound have been running my epic three part interview with Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers which took place earlier this month backstage at the London Roundhouse. It all came about as part of the series of Artist on Artist interviews that they've been running and they pitched for Tori Amos and the Manics for me (which I didn't dream I'd ever get to interview...) and I got to interview both!

I'd prepared this huge sheaf of questions for James Dean Bradfield (who I had thought I was interviewing) and then when I got there, in walks Nicky Wire and I nearly had a heart attack... You see, this band pretty much changed my life (as I talked about with Nicky but cut out a huge chunk of the transcript as it felt a little personal and self-indulgent...) I ended up being the first person in my family to go to university after using The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go and This Is My Truth.. as a make-shift "reading list" where I'd go and order stuff like Andrea Dworkin, Sylvia Plath, Henry Miller, Primo Levi from my local lending library to the point where, years later, I got into a university my school told me I'd never have a chance at winning a place at... which has led to here ; )

All thanks to a rock and roll band. 

Which, as Nicky said, is "a
pretty lovely thing".

So, after getting locked in the dressing room with Nicky we talked about bad backs, chiropractors, yoga, libraries, champagne and sugar lumps, and Balzac. And then we got onto the important stuff of the surprisingly (for some) incredible new album, Journal For Plague Lovers, which has made me remember all over again why I started doing this in the first place.

Here are the links to read the three different interviews:

Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

c x

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