First Third Books are soon to release a super limited edition photo book, celebrating the career of Soft Cell frontman; Marc Almond, in its full glory.
Photo by Andrew Catlin
For four decades Marc has been one of the most distinctive stylists and distinguished vocalists in modern music - his visual flair, from the early days of New Romanticism to his latter-day Post-Glam appeal, remains the stuff of legend and it would be hard to imagine the pop and fashion landscape without him. Most famounsly, 'Tainted Love', is one of the most successful hit singles in pop history.
Now, this linen-bound, hardback volume titled Marc Almond will feature over 200 images, selected by Marc from the work of international photographers as well as his personal archives. Marc also collaborated with author Mark Paytress on the text which will illuminate the photos with insights and asides from his compelling and often controversial life. With a fully illustrated discography, the book will be launched 3rd June 2015. Take a look inside the book, at this preview.
Photo by Euan Myles
"Putting a book like this together is very difficult because it brings up all kind of emotions. But it's important to me to paint an honest picture, which means that as well as the many wonderful memories, working on the book has also forced me to resurrect certain things I'd rather hoped had been consigned to history. But that's great. It would be too easy to fall into the comfort zone of nostalgia. The book goes much further than that. The whole process has been bittersweet and yet cathartic. I've really enjoyed working on it and it looks fantastic." Marc Almond, March 2015.
Marc Almond will be limited to 1300opies worldwide, hand numbered and bound in the iconic First Third fabric. A standard edition and a special edition accompanied by an exclusive 7” single containing previously unreleased tracks will be available. Standard edition limited to 300 orders: £40 // Special edition limited to 1000 orders: £60 It is available for purchase here.
Photo by Jamie McLeod
As front man with Soft Cell, the electro-pop act he formed with Dave Ball, Marc helped launch the 1980s. Numerous ‘synth duos’ followed, by which time Marc had moved on, his darkly stylish Marc & The Mambas bringing gothic melodrama, real strings, flamenco flourishes and a rich vein of outsider cabaret to both pop and the flourishing indie scene.
Since then, as a soloist, Marc has continued to develop these diverse themes, moving between the pop mainstream and art-house theatricality with ease. Still an inspired writer and a captivating performer, Marc Almond has grown with the years.