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Babble on an' ting
Babble on an' ting

Babble on an' ting

Alex Paterson's Incredible Journey Beyond the Ultraworld with The Orb



320 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781787602335

Rights: US & CA

Omnibus Press (Sep 2021)


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Babble On An' Ting: Alex Paterson's Incredible Journey Beyond The Ultraworld with The Orb is the first full account of one of the last century's most fascinatingly idiosyncratic musical pioneers

The Orb have been long been acknowledged as prime instigators in 1988's acid house revolution who invented "ambient house" and took it to the top of the album charts, always pushing the outer limits of electronic innovation and sonic pioneering in a parallel "Ultraworld" of their own making. Always steering The Orb's anarchic starship with an ever-changing crew of collaborators (which has included Youth, Andrew Weatherall, Jah Wobble, Steve Hillage, Dave Gilmour, and Lee Perry), 2019 saw Alex celebrating over thirty years of visionary mischief-making on a sell-out UK tour attracting younger generations along with seasoned fellow travellers. Yet, as The Orb enters its fifth decade with seventeenth album The Abolition Of The Royal Familia greeted as a late-period masterpiece, Alex's spaced odyssey has not been an easy ride, battered by betrayal and rip-offs punctuating triumphs. Behind the surreal samples, inter-galactic sounds, billowing hash-smoke, and decidedly British humour lies an astonishing life story that's far from ordinary and resounds with the depth of the true survivor following their musical passions.

Author Biography

Kris Needs is a British author, DJ, recording artist, and music journalist. After running Mott The Hoople's fan club for two years, he started writing for seminal fanzine Zigzag in 1975, becoming editor for five years while writing for NME and Sounds. Writing for Creem magazine saw him relocate to New York in the eighties. Back in the UK, Kris became a DJ-producer through the nineties, recording as Secret Knowledge, at the same time writing for dance music publications.