Speaking of mark E. Smith, here is a drawing based on the first time I met him, in November 1997 backstage at The Garage venue accompanied by my friend Brian Coyle. i have been meaning to get around to this drawing for a good while now. The fact that today is Mark’s 60th birthday has spurred me on, so i drew it this morning. Happy birthday.
Going through my bookshelf today I flicked through a few things I hadn’t looked at in a while and dug out Mark E smith Vii . It has within it The Mark E Smith Guide To Writing Guide printed in a nice old fashioned letterpress style and then a poem. I bought this book when it was published in 2008 by the now late Dave Lough. I had never heard of this writing guide even though I’d been buying Fall records since I was 14 or 15 and there is an audio version from some time in the 80’s. When i read it I couldn’t believe how much it resonated with my own creative process. here it is along with the poem:
hang around house all day, writing bits of useless information on bits of paper.
Decide lack of inspiration due to too much isolation and non-fraternisation. Go to pub. have drinks.
Get up and go to pub. hold on in there, a style is on its way. Through sheer boredom and drunkenness talk to people in the pub.
By now people in the pub should be continually getting on your nerves. Write things about them, on the backs of beermats.
Go to pub. This is where true penmanship stamina comes into it’s own. As by now, guilt, drunkenness, the people in the pub, and the fact you’re one of them, should combine to enable you to write out of sheer vexation.
If possible stay home… and write. If not go to pub.
Using this method, this is a poem I wrote, called “LONDON”
Looking through some older stuff on the computer and i found this drawing of the Barrowland Ballroom from 2008. I can see it from my living room window as I type this. The oroginal drawing was made as a present to send to a relation who had recently flitted to Japan.