“Have a Bleedin’ Guess”, by Paul Hanley

Non-fiction, 2019

Memoirs, interviews and recollections of the recording of what many see as The Fall’s best album, Hex Enduction Hour. It’s hard to see non-fans of the group taking anything away from this, although for fans, it’s great reading, combining a Wyndham Lewis cover with the views of the key players in the album and an irreverent use of footnotes which is at once more refreshing than is often the case with more heavyweight and academic writers. Writing descriptions of music is always problematic, though Hanley makes a good stab at it, helped – in all likelihood – by most readers able to follow things through their own knowledge of the tunes he’s talking about. This book really comes alive, however, with some great descriptive gems about how the band worked and the exact circumstances before, during and after the making of Hex.

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