Talk Talk broke up nearly twenty years ago, and when they were together, they released some of the most understated and unassuming music of the last three decades. Nevertheless, the music of Mark Hollis and Co. has developed a huge following over the years, and has influenced numerous artists including Radiohead, Portishead, Elbow, Bon Iver, Hood, Shearwater, and Bark Psychosis.
Now, several of these artists, as well as various label owners, DJs, and others are contributing to Spirit of Talk Talk, a book chronicling the career of the influential band.
Celebrated illustrator, and Talk Talk cover artist, James Marsh has remastered and chronicled all of the iconic artwork that he produced for the band throughout their 10 year reign in the 80’s. The book will feature James’ original cover concept sketches, hand written lyrics from Mark Hollis, as well as various ephemera, posters, and related items of interest to fans. There will also be lovely unseen photos of the band from 3 sessions with photographer Richard Haughton.
Renowned rock music writer and enormous Talk Talk fan Chris Roberts is writing the main essay and there are also 80 written contributions from bands, label owners, DJs and creatives, all of whom have been inspired or influenced by the music and art of Talk Talk.
The aforelinked website is currently gauging interest in the book, which has is expected to be published in Spring 2012 by Essential Works. If you’re interested in the book, you can register your interest here. You can also preview some of the artwork and photography that will be included in the final product.