ROUGH TRADE EDITIONS brings together the very highest calibre of artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators and thinkers producing work relating to their relationship with the counter-culture.

Ana da Silva

ANA DA SILVA is a founding member and songwriter of the pioneering post-punk band The Raincoats. Across four daring full-length records, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be—an act of raw expression, not any one sound. The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists, cited as a formative influence by Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, and Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. They set a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY punk context, marked all the while by Ana’s poetic lyrical style and innovative noise guitar playing.

After The Raincoats’ hiatus in 1984, Ana collaborated with The Go-Betweens on their single Bachelor Kisses and she formed the band Roseland together with This Heat’s Charles Hayward. She wrote music and collaborated with choreographer/dancer Gaby Agis on Shouting Out Loud and Undine and the Still performed at Sadlers Wells, Riverside Studios, ICA and Almeida Theatre, London, and she wrote the music for Channel 4 film Freefall in 1988.

Ana returned to songwriting and performing with The Raincoats after Kurt Cobain invited them to tour with Nirvana shortly before his untimely death in 1994, and they released an album Looking in the Shadows in 1995 on DGC and Rough Trade.

In 2005, Ana released her solo debut, The Lighthouse—a self-recorded collection of spare, elegant experiments in electronic indie-pop on Chicks on Speed’s label. And in 2017 she collaborated with Japanese electronic performer Phew on the forthcoming album, Island to be released September 2018.

Love, oh love

Love, oh love

Ana da Silva

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Babak Ganjei

BABAK GANJEI is a musician (Absentee, Wet Paint), artist and a writer of comics (Hilarious Consequences, Early Learnings). He also has a radio show with his son on NTS. After a four year struggle, he finally sold a set of twigs from his neighbourhood on eBay for £82 and managed to get a pep talk about his role as an artist from Thames Water and British Gas.

Film Ideas

Film Ideas

Babak Ganjei

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Daniel Blumberg

DANIEL BLUMBERG (b.1990) is an artist, composer and musician from London. His drawings have accompanied his musical output in the form of record covers and small edition books and in 2016 he was awarded a scholarship to study at London’s prestigious Royal Drawing School.

Blumberg has spent much of the last five years working solely within the radical community of artists centred around London’s Café OTO. His duo with Seymour Wright, GUO, has seen recent collaborations with David Toop and the American filmmaker Brady Corbet. In recent years, Blumberg has collaborated live and in the studio with Lambchop, Neil Michael Hagerty and Low.

Drawings of Minus

Drawings of Minus

Daniel Blumberg

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David Keenan

DAVID KEENAN grew up in Airdrie in the late 1970s. A senior critic for The Wire, he is also the author of two books: England’s Hidden Reverse (Strange Attractor) and This Is Memorial Device(Faber & Faber), his debut novel which was a Telegraph and Rough Trade Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.

To Run Wild In It

To Run Wild In It

David Keenan & Sophy Hollington

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Jenn Pelly

JENN PELLY is a contributing editor at Pitchfork and author of The Raincoats, a volume in the 33 1/3 series on the feminist punk band. Priests is a musical group based in Washington, DC. The band’s first full-length album, Nothing Feels Natural, was released in 2017 on its own label, Sister Polygon Records.

Nothing Feels Natural

Nothing Feels Natural

Jenn Pelly & Priests

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Joe Dunthorne

JOE DUNTHORNE’S first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His latest novel is The Adulterants.

All The Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything To Everyone

All The Poems Contained Within Will Mean Everything To Everyone

Joe Dunthorne

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Jon Savage

JON SAVAGE is the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 and 1966: The Year that the Decade Exploded. His films (as writer/ consultant) include The Brian Epstein Story, Joy Division, Teenage and 1966It Was Fifty Years Ago. He is currently working on An Oral History of Joy Division and the fourth in a series of compilations on Ace Records: 1965, 1966, 1967 and now 1968.

Uninhabited London

Uninhabited London

Jon Savage

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Kirk Lake

KIRK LAKE was born in Leamington Spa. He has written numerous books and films. On screen appearances include the archivist in the Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth, the journalist in The Dali and the Cooper and Stoker in the forthcoming film-noir The World We Knew. In the 1990s, he released a series of pioneering spoken-word recordings including the boxing themed album The Black Lights.

The Last Night of the Leamington Licker

The Last Night of the Leamington Licker

Kirk Lake

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Lorena Lohr

LORENA LOHR was born in 1990 in London. She has worked across parts of Europe, North America, and North Africa.

Though she does not limit herself to any particular subject, Lohr’s wider body of work is characterised by recurring motifs: electrical wiring, colourful drinks and details of the bodywork of automobiles are just some of the hallmarks that stretch across her series and artist’s books. Language, as glimpsed in commercial signage, is another leitmotif of her photographs: generic phrases that evoke an exoticism at odds with their surroundings feature heavily, both contributing the visual richness of her compositions and hinting at hope, longing and isolation.

Working with 35mm colour film and a variety of compact and inexpensive cameras, Lohr stays true to the DIY spirit that characterises much of what she chooses to photograph. Lohr’s work does not expressly seek to romanticise or glamourise, yet celebrates the idiosyncratic traces of people’s involvement on a given area, documenting the incidental layers of narrative that build up over time in the places she visits.

She is now conducting a detailed study of the endangered downtown hispanic neighbourhoods of El Paso, Texas.

Blue Springs

Blue Springs

Lorena Lohr

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Melissa Lee-Houghton

MELISSA LEE-HOUGHTON was born in 1982 and has published three collections of poetry with Penned in the Margins. The most recent collection, Sunshine (2016) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, The Costa Book Award and the Forward Prize, and won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2017. In 2015, The Faithful Look Away won her a Northern Writers’ Award, and she has broadcast two of her short stories on BBC Radio Four. She is a Next Generation Poet.

The Faithful Look Away

The Faithful Look Away

Melissa Lee-Houghton

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Olly Todd

OLLY TODD is from Whitehaven in Cumbria and now lives in London after stints in Liverpool, Worcester and LA. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Vice, Five Dials, Belleville Park Pages, Test Centre and the Clinic anthologies. He skates for Palace Skateboards and works as a travel copywriter.

Odeum Spotlights

Odeum Spotlights

Olly Todd

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Salena Godden

SALENA GODDEN is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets whose electrifying live performances and BBC radio broadcasts have earned her a devoted following. She is the author of the collections, Under The PierFishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014, and the literary memoir Springfield Road. Her live spoken word album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry 2017.

Pessimism is for Lightweights

Pessimism is for Lightweights

Salena Godden

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Sophy Hollington

SOPHY HOLLINGTON is an illustrator and artist living in Brighton. Not being one to cut corners, most of Sophy’s commercial work takes the form of relief prints, created using the lengthy process of lino-cutting. Her personal work tackles themes from meteoric folklore to mannerism; and she’s interested in wrangling the most out-there ideas to make them totally tangible. She’s worked for such clients as The New Yorker, The New York Times, WeTransfer and The Poetry Review.

Autonomic Tarot

Autonomic Tarot

Sophy Hollington & David Keenan

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