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This Is The Noise That Keeps/Has Kept Me Awake (for 20 Years)

I vividly remember hearing Stupid Girl being played on the radio and thinking, emphatically, that it was one of the best songs I’d ever heard. I must have been about 11 and I’m fairly confident that I had no idea what the song was about. A few years after that I remember buying Version 2.0 one of the first CDs I bought, having recently upgraded from tapes. This simultaneously makes me feel very old and very young.

garbane still 2Compared to most of the other music I was in to at that time *cough* Boyzone, PJ & Duncan and 911 *cough* Garbage were (and still are!) just so darn cool.

Over 20 years later the songs from those first 2 albums continue to blow my mind when I listen to them. The songs from the next four albums also sound amazing, but Garbage and Version 2.0 will forever be a perfect part of my youth.

So imagine my delight when I heard they were doing a book.

And not just any book…


This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake is so much more than just a book because Garbage are so much more than just a band.

Garbage are known around the world for songs that mix pop sweetness with the dour thunder of industrial music and the rhythm punch of hip-hop. Now, for the first time, the four band members tell the story of that music in their own words.

It is crammed with the most incredible behind-the-scenes, rare and personal photographs; memorabilia including old gig posters and tickets, set lists, hand-written notes, backstage passes; interviews and in-depth information about the band members, the history and legacy of the band and how they made music.

stills 4 And cocktail recipes!

fill your glass

It’s a book that words cannot describe; so I’ll leave you with these:

garbage still 3

stills 5

my first time

A must-have (and perfect gift) for any fan.

  • Post by Rachel


This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake is published by Akashic Books (9781617755507, p/b, 208pp, £34.95)

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