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Little Baby Nothings by Manic Street Preachers and Valerie Phillips - Review

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Alright, so it's not technically a 'book' because it doesn't have words. It's just photos. But I liked it, so I'm going to write a little bit about it here. 

You might know that I was a big fan of the Manic Street Preachers back in the 90s. I have the words 'cheap tarnished glitter' tattooed on my left wrist. I haven't really liked much of their output since like 2003, but I do sort of keep an eye on them. I would have loved to see them with Suede round about now actually, but the logistics of it just didn't work out for me. 

So I saw the band advertising this new photo book and I was intrigued, so I bought it. The first hundred or something were signed copies, and as you can see, I was lucky to get one of those! It arrived really quickly and I was really pleased. The photos are from 1991, way back when the Manics were touring songs from Generation Terrorists. They were supported by the Wildhearts, who I also really like, so it was cute to see that. T shirts cost just £7! There are plenty of photos of the tour, including some photos of the band in tacky bed and breakfast hotels which ended up on the front of the Motorcycle Emptiness single. There are also a number of photos in James' old house, showing the band in his and Sean's bedroom (they're cousins and Sean lived with the Bradfields for quite a while as a teenager) on their bunk beds. There's some beautiful photos of Richey - who has been missing since 1995 - including some of him in leather pants which I don't think I've ever seen before. There are just so many beautiful photos and lots which were poignant and lots which made me laugh, too. I read this really quickly one evening waiting for tea and I'm glad I bought it.

Also see below for the most beautiful end papers ever! 

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