Colin Greenwood to Release Radiohead Photo Book 'How to Disappear'

It contains 97 rare photos and a 10,000-word essay

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 21, 2024

Despite many stories about Radiohead being "still very much an active ensemble" and "coming back around to that point" of returning, the band has been mostly inactive recently. Its members have been busy pursuing other creative endeavours; Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood have their new Radiohead-adjacent band the Smile, while Philip Selway and Ed O'Brien have been focussing on their solo careers. Bassist Colin Greenwood has predominantly been covering low-end frequencies for Nick Cave lately, but today he has announced something for enjoyers of his main project: a Radiohead photo book entitled How to Disappear – A Portrait of Radiohead.

Due October 15 via John Murray Press, Greenwood's publication offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the band's "middle years" — the 14-year period between 2003 and their most recent album, 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool. The 136-page collection, now available for pre-order, complies 97 mostly previously unseen photographs of the band, as well as a 10,000-word essay by the bassist. A limited-edition deluxe version also includes an additional 32-page book of "light show" photos housed in a slipcase.

"I've been taking photographs of my fellow band members for many years, and I'm very happy to have put together a selection of images that describes how we've spent much of our time together; writing, rehearsing, recording and performing," Greenwood wrote on Instagram. "I've also written an essay that attempts to thread these pictures together into a portrait of my band from its less certain middle years to now. I hope that anyone who likes our music will enjoy it, as much as I did putting these two decades' worth of memories together."

In the product description, he offers a slightly different statement:

For years now, I've been taking fugitive snaps of my band, Radiohead. I've tried to catch out my friends with my small black Yashica T4 Super. On stage and in the rehearsal studio, they are so lost in their own moment of performance that they don't see me with the camera.

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