Who's slept on your floor?

Hi everyone!

Last night’s #SJsTwitterBookClub featured writer, broadcaster and DJ Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam). We talked about his extraordinary memoir, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor’.

Dave introduced the book to us. ‘I was 16, 17,’ he said, ‘going to see Iggy, Blondie, Joy Division, I was a young lad with my face pressed against a window, outside, looking in at a world of music, excitement, ideas, passion. The book is about how I ended up in that world.’

Dave told us how Sonic Youth had indeed slept on his floor - when he lived in a ‘grotty flat in Hulme’, however when they met 25 years later Thurston Moore (of the band) couldn’t actually remember having done so. Dave went on to tell us that ‘… he did remember my fanzine which was called ‘Debris’. I also interviewed Raymond Carver in the issue Sonic Youth were in … Mid-1985.’

We then had a bit of a chat about fanzines, and I was delighted to learn that far from being a spent force, ‘zines’ were still alive and well, and not only online. We talked about counterculture, and Dave told us that… ‘A theme in most of (his) books inc. 'Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor' is the power of undercapitalised activity to change culture. The power of the cell, like-minded folk getting together. In a venue, a magazine, a band.’

He then quoted Margaret Mead:

It was a great conversation and the hour flew by. I really wanted to chat to Dave for longer, but alas we had to draw it to a close. Dave did end by sharing this memento...

Join us next week (Thursday, 7.30pm UK time), when novelist and Emmy-winning comedy writer David Quantick (@quantick) will join us to talk about ALL MY COLORS.

It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his friends because he throws the best parties with the best booze. During one particular party, Todd is showing off his perfect recall, quoting poetry and literature word for word plucked from his eidetic memory. When he begins quoting from a book no one else seems to know, a novel called All My Colors, Todd is incredulous. He can quote it from cover to cover and yet it doesn’t seem to exist.With a looming divorce and mounting financial worries, Todd finally tries to write a novel, with the vague idea of making money from his talent. The only problem is he can’t write. But the book – All My Colors – is there in his head. Todd makes a decision: he will “write” this book that nobody but him can remember. After all, if nobody’s heard of it, how can he get into trouble? As the dire consequences of his actions come home to both Todd and his long-suffering friends, it becomes clear that there is a high – and painful – price to pay for hi

Happy reading!

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