Full Moon Launch of Ben Watson's 'DEREK BAILEY & THE STORY OF FREE IMPROVISATION' (Verso)

Derek Bailey

Monday 22 July 2013


Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £4 on the door


No panel, no book-reading, just Company-style ad hoc encounters between the most esemplastic free improvisors and word-manglers in town ...

Alan Wilkinson - sax
Oscillatorial Binnage (Fari Bradley, Toby Clarkson, Chris Weaver and Dan Wilson on 'miraculous devices')
Peter Baxter - toy drumset
Len Massey - analogue synth
Esther Leslie - merciless critique
T.H.F. Drenching - Dictaphone
Mordecai Watson - harmonica
Liam Massey - photography
Out To Lunch - word jazz
Scarlet Fox - sampler
Michael Bridgewater - mandolin
Gwilly Edmondez - keyboards

Copies of the book will be available on the night for £10 (£6.99 off the retail price) alongside an Incus CD-stall and Unkant Publishing book-stall.

This event has been organised by the AMM (Association of Musical Marxists) in conjunction with Verso and Cafe Oto.

About the book

This outstanding biography of the cult guitar player will likely cause you to abandon everything you thought you knew about jazz improvisation, post-punk and the avant-garde. Derek Bailey was at the top of his profession as a dance band and record-session guitarist when, in the early 1960s, he began playing an uncompromisingly abstract form of music. Today his anti-idiom of "Free Improvisation" has become a touchstone for post-punk noise experimentalists and esemplastic rebels, all those who disdain the celebrity-for-cash racket, everyone who doesn't think the game is finished when you gain a MacArthur "genius" grant or a gig at the South Bank.

“I am an enthusiast for the Watson method and I'm prepared to follow him, even to places where I wouldn't under other circumstances go ... His attack, his singularity. His indecent decency.” – Iain Sinclair