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Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski: The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall

Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 1 October 2014

(This is the original – and very slightly different – version of the review that appeared in the Guardian...)

IN HER BLURB for this compelling memoir, the former Mrs. Mark E. Smith – aka Laura "Brix" Salenger – says of Steve Hanley that "for all the years" she played in The Fall she "never knew what he was thinking". She does now, for the band's long-serving bass guitarist (1979-1998) has, with the assistance of Olivia Piekarski, written a long and detailed account of exactly it was like for him to live "inside" the indie-rock institution that John Peel famously (and rather tediously) enshrined as "the mighty Fall".

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