Songs in the Key of Fife

The Intertwining Stories of the Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective

By Vic Galloway

Format: Multiple Formats

This fascinating story provides an in-depth look at a unique collective of musicians from the East Neuk of Fife. Includes exclusive interviews with all the key players of the Fence Collective - from multi-million selling KT Tunstall to Mercury Music Prize 2011 nominee King Creosote.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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The East Neuk of Fife may seem like an unusual place for a musical revolution. However, in amongst the sleepy fishing villages and rolling fields, a small community of gifted musicians has quietly crept up on the world. From psychedelic troubadours the Beta Band to the mult-million-selling KT Tunstall, acclaimed singer-songwriter James Yorkston and the reigning monarch and lynchpin of the Fence Collective, King Creosote, Songs in the Key of Fife plots the unique, intertwining tales of these Fifers from their schooldays to the present day. This fascinating story, full of personal anecdotes and insights, provides an in-depth look at a unique collective of musicians who have experienced the extreme highs and the desperate lows of the music business over 20 years and why this craggy outpost on the east coast of Scotland is responsible for providing us with so many talented artists.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 7 Aug 2013
SKU 9781846972355-grouped
Number of Pages 288

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'A remarkable insight into the pitfalls of the music industry - I'd go so far as to say it's essential reading for any young musician in Scotland thinking about trying to make a go of it - not least for the rude awakening it may offer before their dreams are shattered. But it also shows how success can be achieved against seemingly insurmountable odds'

'A great read for any up and coming artist determined to make a go of it'

'DJ turned author Galloway does a superb job of documenting the lives of these artists, misfits and 'heads', not least because he is a Fife lad himself'

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