The Fall, led by Mark E. Smith, were one of the most intriguing, influential, and prolific post-punk groups in British popular culture. Always Different, Always the Same: Critical Essays on The Fall is a thorough and critical account of the group, engaging with the often complex and challenging creative work. In this groundbreaking text, volume editors Eoin Devereux and Martin J. Power bring together contributions from a wide variety of disciplinary homes, including ethnomusicology, sociology, literary theory, linguistics, journalism, cultural studies, and film and media studies.
Kieran Cashell, Brian Clancy, Matt Davies, Eoin Devereux, Samuel Flannagan, John Fleming, Gavin Friday, Mike Glennon, K. A. Laity, Ben Lawley, John McFarland, David Meagher, Michael Mary Murphy, Martin Myers, Martin J. Power, Suzanne Smith, Elaine Vaughan, Paul Wilson.
Eoin Devereux is a Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Contemporary Culture at the University of Jyvasklya, Finland. Professor Devereux is a co-director of the Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Martin J. Power is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a co-director of the Centre for the Study of Popular Music and Popular Culture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Foreword: (Gavin Friday)
Introduction: Mr Sociological Memory Man (Martin Power and Eoin Devereux)
Chapter 1: Spoiling all the Paintwork: Mark E. Smith, Art Renegade (K. A. Laity)
Chapter 2: Suzanne Smith in Conversation with Eoin Devereux
Chapter 3: ‘A letter so simple, yet disgusting in a stroke’: writing-out the (typo) graphic strangeness of The Fall (Paul Wilson)
Chapter 4: Psykick Dancehall – the paranormal world of Mark E. Smith and The Fall (Ben Lawley)
Chapter 5: ‘You can leave me on the shelf’: The death of The Fall and Mark E. Smith (Martin Myers)
Chapter 6: Dead Beat Descendant: Mark E Smith’s Life, Death and Mourning as a Cult Hero (John Fleming)
Chapter 7: “What’s a computer?” Corpus linguistic software v the complete Fall lyrics. (Matt Davies)
Chapter 8: Searching for the right word or phrase that would put a chill up the spine… Investigating the lyrics of Mark E. Smith using thematic and corpus-based discourse analyses. (Elaine Vaughan, Brian Clancy and Eoin Devereux)
Chapter 9: I Am Damo Suzuki Lost In Music. (Mike Glennon)
Chapter 10: Remembrancer/Rememorator/Amorator: Oblique Tactics and Clear Intentions in The Fall's The Remainderer EP. (Samuel Flannagan)
Chapter 11: Literary Perversion. (Kieran Cashel)
Chapter 12: The Fall In Ireland (Michael Mary Murphy)
Chapter 13: Montagu Lomax and The Fall: ‘The Madness in My Area’ (David Meagher and John McFarland)
At last! The brilliant, wry and acerbic Mark E. Smith gets a book that perfectly captures the multi-dimensional, complicated and always fascinating artist he was. Eoin Devereux and Martin Power’s Always Different, Always the Same: Critical Essays on the Fall provide a well-rounded portrait of the Mancunian legend that will thrill die-hard fans and new converts alike.