Rough Trade Books is a new publishing venture in the mould of the pioneering independent record label.
Bringing the same original spirit and radical direction to the world of book publishing. Rough Trade Books will launch with a series of twelve pamphlets bringing together the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture. These will be known as Rough Trade Editions.
Brand new and original (and beautifully produced) works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, illustrations, photography and interviews—Rough Trade Editions will tell the stories of why counter-culture matters, has mattered and will matter.
Rough Trade Editions comes hurtling out of the blocks with our first twelve pamphlets—twelve small good things to encourage, console, renew and rewire the world for their readers.
Salena Godden brings forth the fire of her recent work on resistance and rebellion, Olly Todd reconfigures a world of fractured time, the slipperiness of memory and dislocation, Daniel Blumberg’s drawings conjure fresh images of the city, sketches on a pale sky. Lorena Lohr’s photographs evoke something just slant of a familiar America, an everyday that is degraded and heroic at once, Ana da Silva reimagines the journal as the engine of all great art and Joe Dunthorne lovingly skewers the eccentric heroism of the small poetry presses in a formally daring new short fiction. Babak Ganjei’s Film Ideas present a simultaneously melancholy and hilarious satire of the film world in a post-literate world, David Keenan and Sophy Hollington re-build our symbolic present with a radical tarot for the counter-culture presented as a work of experimental fiction. Jenn Pelly interviews the ground-breaking US band Priests in a vital conversation about art-making as it is, Jon Savage presents us with the haunted, at times unimaginable world of London as it was, Kirk Lake tells the last act of the story Randolph Turpin, the Leamington Licker, and through it the story of the corruption of capital, pride, identity and the essence of a place, while Melissa Lee-Houghton’s almost psychedelic suburbia is rendered, with all its contradictions, hypocrisies and violence, in her unique literary voice.