Pas­sage of time hasn’t dulled lyrics

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

DR RICHARD WITTS, reader in sound and music at Edge Hill Univer­sity and for­mer lead singer of in­flu­en­tial Manch­ester band The Pas­sage, show­cases his lyrics in his new book.

The Pas­sage: Post-Punk Poets, which is pub­lished by Eyewear Pub­lish­ing, was launched on Fri­day, March 17 at The Lon­don Re­view of Books show­case.

It col­lects the lyrics for the first time, pub­lish­ing them as poetry.

Ac­tor and pro­ducer Gra­ham Duff in­tro­duces the book, which also in­cludes an af­ter­word by Richard and rare pho­to­graphs of the band.

The lyrics re­volve around Richard’s po­etic ex­plo­ration of power, fear and love, in­fused with re­lent­less en­ergy.

Com­bin­ing hazy vi­sions of an ’80s night­club at 3am and an un­flinch­ing eye for satire and po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary, they are as per­ti­nent and force­ful to­day as they were dur­ing the writer’s post-punk hey days.

“This project is en­tirely the idea of the dis­tin­guished poetry pub­lisher, Todd Swift of Eyewear,” said Richard.

“I wrote the 40 or so lyrics for the post-punk band I was in, be­tween 1979 and 1983, and Todd heard them as poetry.

“To me they have a job to do in as­so­ci­a­tion with music, but Todd be­lieves that they have an­other life – in print.”

Dr Richard Witts

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