Iggy Pop and British Sea Power write for literary magazine

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Iggy Pop, British Sea Power, Kele Okereke and LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy, have all contributed to a new online literary magazine.

The musicians have written short stories, poems and anecdotes for the forthcoming special edition of Five Dials, a free online publication published as a PDF, which is tying in with the Port Eliot Festival taking place between July 23-25.

The free edition of Five Dials will be available from July 24.


“It was great to do something different with the artists, particularly Kele, because often people just want to talk to him about his music,” editor Craig Taylor told Uncut’s sister publication NME. “I think this is a great idea because it gets them to open up and it’s cool because they are writers who are always writing lyrics anyway.”

The articles include Murphy‘s take on LCD Soundsystem‘s 2005 single ‘Losing My Edge’, which Taylor said was of particular interest.

“We’ve got this section where we get people to write about a particular song and that’s where James came in,” he said. “It’s very cool hearing him talk about the writing process behind that song and I think that song is a great because it’s about loss, ageing and jealousy and it just happens to be set to music you can dance to.”


Other entries in the magazine include poems by Ryan Adams, an essay on one of British Sea Power‘s eccentric dad and a bizarre cameo from Iggy Pop.

“[The Stooges and ex-Sonic Youth] bassist Mike Watt does a funny interview on how one of his garbled phone messages ended up becoming the vocals for one of the most famous songs (‘Providence’) by Sonic Youth,” Taylor explained. “Then he starts talking about Iggy Pop and he storms in out of the blue halfway through!”

Taylor said he is planning to draft in a certain NME Awards host to help launch the issue on July 24 at the festival.

“We launch each issue at a public event on a laptop in a tent,” he said. “We’re not sure who will launch it but Jarvis Cocker is going to be there so we’re hoping to get him to press the button.”

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