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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Tonight: David J of Bauhaus launches Who Killed Mister Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magic, and Benediction

We are excited to announce that David J of the seminal gothic rock band Bauhaus will be joining us in store tonight at 7 p.m. to launch his memoir! Who Killed Mister Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction is a candid memoir of life in and out of Bauhaus, featuring cameo appearances by a wide range of fascinating characters, from William S. Burroughs to Rick Rubin! 

“Heroic and absurd, scurrilous and profound, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? charts the descent of four intelligent young men with faces like ruby-eyed dime-store skull rings into a glittering and very modern maelstrom. Fast, compelling, and disarmingly honest, this is an invaluable account of a strange and spectral cultural twilight era that we shall almost certainly never see again. Highly recommended.”
—Alan Moore, author of V For Vendetta and Watchmen

Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent—and often strained—reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets—culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock’n’roll memoir like no other.

David J. Haskins was born in Northampton, England, in 1957, and was a founder member of Bauhaus, the highly influential band that spearheaded the post-punk alternative-music scene of the early 80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. Following the band’s split in 1983, he embarked on a long and varied solo career that has produced a series of critically acclaimed albums and various avant-garde collaborations. He has also written and directed a number of stage productions—including the spectacular multimedia event Silver For Gold (The Odyssey Of Edie Sedgwick), and The Chanteuse And The Devil’s Muse, a surrealistic investigation into the notorious Black Dahlia murder mystery—plus several screenplays (with writing partner Don C. Tyler), and his visual art has been exhibited internationally.

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