by Warren Ellis - £20.00 Faber & Faber (2021)
hardback ISBN 13: 9780571365623 | ISBN 10: 0571365620
From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.
"Warren has turned this memento, snatched from his idol’s piano in a moment of rapture, into a genuine religious artefact."
"In praise of meaning-rich relics and magical things. Totally heartwarming project."
"A unique study of a fan’s devotion, of transcendence and of the artistic vocation — it’s got depth and great warmth. It’s a beautiful piece of work."On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave’s Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone’s piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, growing in significance with every passing year.
(Price & availability last checked: August 2021)