Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Hardback Published on: 11/05/2023
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Season of the Witch
Fantastic musical and social history
This excellent history of early goth is an absolute joy to read for anyone remotely interested in the subject or in the progression of music generally thro... READ MORE
Dave at Hastings
Season of the Witch
Kings and Queen of Darkness
This book might be a masterpiece. It puts goth into a social and historical context, reminds the reader how fantastic the music was (and how messed up some... READ MORE
Simon Unsworth
Season of the Witch
A fascinating overview of a neglected genre
I was never a goth but I have always been, let's call it, goth adjacent in my tastes and I have many, much played, goth records in my collection that sit v... READ MORE
The Wyrd Bookseller


1979. Months of industrial action throughout the winter have left the dead unburied and mountains of rubbish piling up in the streets. After ten brutal homicides and the biggest police hunt in history, the Yorkshire Ripper is still at large and preparing to strike again. Punk has reached its bleak climax with the fatal heroin overdose of Sid Vicious while awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend. Unlikely alliances of outsiders prepare to seize power, set the political agenda and write the soundtrack for the years to come. Their figureheads are two very different kinds of dominatrices... As Margaret Thatcher enters 10 Downing Street, a handful of bands born of punk - Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and the Cure - find a way to distil the dissonance and darkness of the shifting decade into a new form of music. Pushing at the taboos the Sex Pistols had unlocked and dancing with the fetishistic, all will become global stars of goth. By the time Thatcher is cast out of office in 1990, the arrival of goth will have imprinted on the cultural landscape as much as the Iron Lady herself. Now, forty years since its inception, author Cathi Unsworth provides the first comprehensive overview of the music, context and lasting legacy of goth. This is the story of how goth was shaped by the politics of the era - from the miners' strikes and privatisation to the Troubles and AIDS - as well as how its rock 'n' roll outlaw imagery and innovative, atmospheric music cross-pollinated throughout Britain and internationally, speaking to a generation of alienated youths. A fascinating social history, Season of the Witch tells the tale of an enduring counter-culture, one that steadfastly refuses to give up the ghost.

  • Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781788706247
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 742g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 43 mm

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Season of the Witch
A Lovingly Told History of an Overlooked Genre
This is a pretty comprehensive overview of the gothic genre, told largely through the bands of the late Seventies and into the Eighties. It also provides b... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley

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