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Wed 16 January

Rough Trade Books and Mondo/Death Waltz Recordings Co have teamed up to celebrate 30 years of John Carpenter’s cult classic, They Live.

In January 2019, They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening featuring contributions from John Carpenter, Slavoj Zizek, John Grant + many more and edited by Craig Oldham will be published by Rough Trade Books. In partnership with Mondo/Death Waltz Recording Co, a special edition version of the book has also been created and is being sold exclusively at screenings taking place in London, Los Angeles, New York and Austin,Texas on Wednesday 16th January. This special edition will be housed in a slipcase, and includes a signed and numbered money bill. Strictly limited to 750 copies worldwide.

To coincide with this publication, Death Waltz Recording Co. will be re-issuing the soundtrack to They Live featuring a stunning (and for now top secret) package design by Alan Hynes. There will be an exclusive version of this new re-issue available to attendees of the screenings—again strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. Spencer Hickman, Head Of Music for Mondo says, “They Live is as relevant now as it was when it was first released in 1988, maybe even more so. We are thrilled to be re-issuing the soundtrack and even more excited to team up with our friends at Rough Trade Books so to celebrate we have arranged multi-city screenings of this iconic and important film. We’re excited for you to see the vinyl package but we are keeping it under wraps until the new year, but believe me, the reveal will be worth it the wait.”

AUSTIN – Alamo Drafthouse Mueller – Tickets coming soon…

LONDON – Prince Charles Cinema – TICKETS ON SALE NOW here

LOS ANGELES – The Egyptian -Tickets coming soon…

NEW YORK – Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn -Tickets coming soon…


WED 30th January


What does the future hold for musicians and fans?

How might artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural interface technology change the way we hear, experience and feel music?

Rough Trade Books and the Science Museum present an exploration of the future of technology for music and its fans, centring around newly published book ‘Ecstatic Data Sets’ by Late of the Pier.

Joining us on the night to explore these topics and more are:

  • Jarvis Cocker—former Pulp frontman, solo artist, writer and broadcaster
  • Sam Potter—musician in cult band Late of the Pier and author of ‘Ecstatic Data Sets
  • Hannah Peel—singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist musician
  • Prof Kelly Snook—Professor of Media Arts Technology, instrument maker, producer and NASA Lunar Program Scientist
  • Robert Thomas—composer, adaptive music producer, sound designer and programmer

We will also be joined by artist Robert Barry for a reading from ‘Three True Tales About Music and Technology’, available from Rough Trade Books. Robert Barry and Sam Potter will take part in a book signing after the panel discussion.


Book your tickets here…