Dave Thompson The Incomplete Angler 10 years of Fruits de Mer Records - Friends of the Fish 22 on sale April/May 2018
Goldmine magazine's Dave Thompson has been a great supporter of FdM, so when he got in touch to say he was planning to write the story of the first 10 years of the label, it seemed churlish of Andy and I not to offer to help (churlish? we were as gobsmacked and as smug as the stagehand when he was told he had to paint Shirley Eaton in 'Goldfinger' and was given a 1/2" brush and three hours to do the job).
True to form, we persuaded various club members and artists to do the real work and fill in the gaps in our knowledge, which proved to be of Grand Canyon proportions (actually, Andy remembered pretty much everything from the early days, I haven't got a clue what's happened from 2012 onwards)
In the end, Dave's done such a comprehensive job, I've given it its own 'Friends of the Fish' catalogue number and there'll even be a limited-run members club edition
format will be an 8.5" square paperback, lots of photos but black and white throughout due to the crazy costs of colour. It'll have everything from the most comprehensive discography of the label to-date (yes, better than discogs and far, far better than anything I could have come up with), to interviews with lots of the artists that have appeared on the various FdM labels, to Andy and I droning on about how wonderful we are. And it'll run to well over 200 pages - it would have been a lot more but Dave got the hacksaw out and edited it down mercilessly,
I'm working with Dave Thompson on a limited-run members club edition, which might come out a little after the first version - hopefully in time for our Glastonbury gig; in theory, it'll have about a dozen more pages of photos, a different cover, some past sleeves postcards and definitely a copy of Ilona V's 'lost FdM single' (check it out elsewhere on the site)
more news soon
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