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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by Cloudy Cat » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:32

I attended the Rough Trade event. Thought I'd be fighting my way through gangs of Japanese Sarah obsessives but it was a very quiet affair. I suppose if the book had been written in the nineties there would have been hoards of people. Matt and Clare were on good form and the questions thrown at them were of a level deserving of their formidable intellects. The first ten minutes was devoted to clips from the film in which several Sarah stalwarts bemoaned the downright obnoxious press the records received from the mainstream music press. It's funny that I don't really recall that, in fact I bought Pristine Christine because the NME were effusive in their praise of that wonderful tune.

The one terrible review I do recall was of a Heavenly lp, I can't recall which one, written by the Shampoo girls, who gave it zero out of ten.

The Sarah film is now on dvd and I grabbed myself a copy. Apparently it has extras.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by malaise » Tue Nov 10, 2015 18:49

I wonder if there's any chance of this showing in the U.S. ever? I know of someone in Pgh whose attention I could bring it to. How much is that DVD though?

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by timahall » Tue Nov 10, 2015 19:12

malaise wrote:I wonder if there's any chance of this showing in the U.S. ever? I know of someone in Pgh whose attention I could bring it to. How much is that DVD though?
There was a few US screenings, maybe nowhere near you though.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by noLooking » Tue Nov 10, 2015 19:18

malaise wrote:How much is that DVD though?
Not cheap. £20, and that's over here.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by everard » Tue Nov 10, 2015 20:08

£20 plus postage, even. nice packaging, but overpriced. not watched it yet.

book is well-written and really good yet somehow unsatisfying. i'd have liked more of the analytical chapters (the one on bristol was v interesting).

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by noLooking » Sat Nov 28, 2015 20:03

malaise wrote:I wonder if there's any chance of this showing in the U.S. ever?
All yours for 4 quid!

http://vimeo.com/ondemand/storyofsarahrecords/83054200

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by humblebee » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:17

I've just finished the Michael White book. Has anyone else read it?

I liked it but in the end I just wanted more of it. It's done well but it somehow seems a little incomplete. Maybe that's just the nature of the subject matter though, eh.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by tonieee » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:24

humblebee wrote:I've just finished the Michael White book. Has anyone else read it?

I liked it but in the end I just wanted more of it. It's done well but it somehow seems a little incomplete. Maybe that's just the nature of the subject matter though, eh.
What book is this?

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by tonieee » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:29

Found it on Amazon - sounds good!

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by timahall » Mon Apr 25, 2016 08:52

Read it late last year and really liked it. Glad that my favs The Hit Parade got a bit more coverage than they/he did in the film. The Field Mice chapter is great, that wasn't a happy band unit was it?

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by noLooking » Thu May 12, 2016 22:55

A surprising amount of Sarah to be found on these Lego sleeve recreations:

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https://www.flickr.com/groups/lego_album_covers/pool/

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by tonieee » Thu May 12, 2016 23:34

That's amazing! There's even the Shelley single!

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by malaise » Fri May 13, 2016 15:19

I finally saw the documentary and I couldn't understand anything Matt was saying.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue May 17, 2016 11:32

humblebee wrote:I've just finished the Michael White book. Has anyone else read it?

I liked it but in the end I just wanted more of it. It's done well but it somehow seems a little incomplete. Maybe that's just the nature of the subject matter though, eh.

I'm most of the way through it now. I didn't know beforehand how much new or revelatory material I was necessarily expecting it to offer, given the existence already of not just the film, but also the sleeves notes to There And Back Again Lane and certain other Sarah album reissues, e.g. the Field Mice stuff on LTM. On the whole, though, I think it still adds plenty enough and I've enjoyed what I've read.

Doubtless we'll all have acts about whom we'd have liked to read more about (Ivy and Aberdeen for me), but Michael does lay down his what-this-book-isn't cards early enough in the introduction not to leave anyone wondering over the disparities in coverage.

Right, then. Slampt book and film next, perhaps? Please? :-)

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by timahall » Thu May 19, 2016 00:03

malaise wrote:I finally saw the documentary and I couldn't understand anything Matt was saying.
That's weird!

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat May 21, 2016 01:03

One of The Sea Urchins told me that the picture of the horse on the back of Pristine Christine was a reference to Matt and his apparent ability to eat an apple through a tennis racket. They also told Matt that Patrick had drawn the cover to A Morning Odyssey so they didn't have to try and get copyright clearance (or whatever it was that they'd need) to use the picture.

I do like Matt though, a genuinely lovely man and, in many ways, Sarah influenced a young me more than anyone apart from John Peel. I even managed to persuade some poor unfortunate Sarah-loving woman to take my virginity from me; in fact, I think my first post on here detailed how it was soundtracked by (the first few seconds of) The Orchids' Yawn.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by westgatestreet » Sun May 22, 2016 21:31

I went to a Sarah Records doc Q&A event and Matt was there, too, taking and answering questions, and I couldn't understand what he was saying either. He came across as very quiet and shy and very soft-spoken and he seemed genuinely lovely so I didn't mind that too much. Maybe he just doesn't like being in the spotlight, that's totally fine.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by malaise » Mon May 23, 2016 14:17

I figured it was because of his accent. There were moments when I couldn't understand other people either. I had the same problem when I was trying to watch the Creation Records doc, except much worse. I couldn't even get through that one!

Anyway, great film! It made me ache for the days when I could afford to buy records and be part of a scene.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by Cloudy Cat » Wed May 25, 2016 17:06

humblebee wrote:I've just finished the Michael White book. Has anyone else read it?

I liked it but in the end I just wanted more of it. It's done well but it somehow seems a little incomplete. Maybe that's just the nature of the subject matter though, eh.
Just started it. I'm cautiously turning each page wondering if my name might appear. Clare has probably scrubbed me from her memory and really I didn't contribute much to the Sarah records story, well nothing that under thirteens should read anyway.

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Re: The Sarah Records thread

Post by timahall » Wed May 25, 2016 18:08

Cloudy Cat wrote:
humblebee wrote:I've just finished the Michael White book. Has anyone else read it?

I liked it but in the end I just wanted more of it. It's done well but it somehow seems a little incomplete. Maybe that's just the nature of the subject matter though, eh.
Just started it. I'm cautiously turning each page wondering if my name might appear. Clare has probably scrubbed me from her memory and really I didn't contribute much to the Sarah records story, well nothing that under thirteens should read anyway.
Were you in a Sarah band? WHO are you Cloudy Cat?

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