The Fall's Brix Start-Smith to Publish Autobiography
Published Jan 20, 2015The elastic nature of post-punk mainstays the Fall's lineup has left dozens upon dozens of musicians with a story or two from their days with the long-running band. Among others, we've seen published accounts from leader Mark E. Smith and more, and now onetime member Brix Start-Smith will be sharing some of hers in an upcoming autobiography called The Rise, The Fall & The Rise.
An ETA for the tome has yet to be cemented, but the book is expected to arrive early 2016 via UK publishing house Faber Social. A press release from the company explains that Start-Smith's memoirs detail her time spent in the "shambling, chaotic world of the Fall" throughout the '80s.
The Los Angeles-born musician married Mark E. Smith in 1983. She's described as having "moulded the Fall's sound into a more mainstream if still leftfield proposition," and was integral to LPs like 1984's The Weird and Frightening World Of, 1985's This Nations Saving Grace and 1986's Bend Sinister. Start-Smith left the band in 1989 following her separation from Mark E. Smith, but returned for 1995's Cerebral Caustic and 1996's The Light User Syndrome.
Aside from accounts of her time in the Fall, Start-Smith's memoirs will reportedly also home in on her childhood, a relationship with violinist Nigel Kennedy, auditioning for Hole, becoming a TV presenter and more.
"Brix's story from childhood to her time in the Fall and beyond is pure rock'n'roll," Faber Social creative director Lee Brackstone said in a statement. "She is unflinching in her presentation of the facts, the highs, and the damage done on a journey that at times beggars belief. Her story is wild, transcendent, and redemptive."
Start-Smith's memoirs follow fellow Fall performers Mark E. Smith's Renegade, Dave Simpson's The Fallen and Steve Hanley's The Big Midweek.