In a career stretching back over 35 years, Green Gartside has traced one of the most compelling and eclectic trajectories in contemporary music.
Following a number of DIY post-punk singles, Scritti Politti’s debut LP was released on the Rough Trade label in 1982. Containing tributes to Jacques Derrida and ruminations on Nietzsche, Songs To Remember was successful enough to see the band sign to Virgin with Cupid and Psyche 85 spawning hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Returning in 1988 with the immaculately produced and designed Provision, Gartside collaborated with Miles Davis before becoming disillusioned with music and the responsibilities of promotion. After a long hiatus, 1999 saw Green re-united with Rough Trade with Black Bread White Beer. Critically praised and nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the record also saw Gartside playing live for the first time after collapsing on stage in Brighton in 1980.
Recently collaborating with the likes of Mos Def, Tracey Thorn and Hot Chip, his book will tell Green’s story in his own words whilst also offering a fascinating mediation on pop, philosophy and a passion for music in all its diversity. A vital look at a unique talent that will be published by Faber and will be released to coincide with Scritti Politti’s new album. Green’s long-awaited memoir will written in collaboration with Jason Wood, author of ten published books.
‘The brainiest man in pop’ - Alex Petridis, The Guardian