Shadowplayers

I know, I should be working hard on all sorts of things, like my own youth fantasy novel (still untitled, but already 44 pages are done), but its summer time, so always a bit slow, and I was early buying myself two birthday presents. Scream City 5 is a fanzine dedicated all things Factory and just released. I have number 4 too, and would love to get the first three issues. At the same time James Nice also published his book on Factory Records, called ‘Shadowplayers – The Rise And Fall Of Factory Records’, and obviously you know I love Factory Records. I named Korm Plastics after Factory Communications, not wanting to be called ‘Records’. The book is a great, though, in Nice’s own words ‘an accountants history’, but it sets various popular myths straight. I know there is a lot of Factory music I still haven’t heard, and a lot is crap also, but there is something about the label which I really like and that’s the sheer anarchism of it. All those mistakes, money spending – in many ways it reminds me of my years with Staalplaat, although on a much smaller scale. Anyway a great read at 400+ pages. I read Wilson took eleven different drugs on his 40th birthday. I don’t think I can top that in a few days when I turn 45. Back to my own small world.

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About fransdewaard
Probably most known from his ongoing work with Kapotte Muziek (a group that fully concentrates on recycling through musique concrete) and as one half of ambient sound-artists Beequeen. As well as writing the informative and acclaimed weekly newsletter "Vital Weekly", Frans De Waard also founded the Korm Plastics label in 1984, initally only offering cassettes, but since 1992 offering an ever-growing catalogue of CDs and vinyl of contemporary experimental music.

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