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Wednesday 30th October 2019

The Pop Group: Salon Y

— Rough Trade Bristol
An evening of assemblage, provocations & auto destructive sound art curated by The Pop Group
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The Pop Group's Mark Stewart & Gareth Sager will be in-store at Rough Trade BRISTOL for an evening of TPG DJs, Rich Beale (Y cover artist) gives a masterclass in ‘awakening intuition’, “Disco” Dick ‘O’Dell [Y era manager] shares recollections & untold stories, with appearances from Don Mandarin and Slagheap.
The evening celebrates the 40th Anniversary release of 'Y (Definitive Edition)', released 1st November via MUTE.

6.00pm | Album/ Ticket collection + doors open

7.00pm | Event starts

8.15pm | Album signing

9.00pm | Finish / store closes

*Please note these times are subject to change.


The Pop Group are a group that have consistently stretched the boundaries of what is conceivable. With the forthcoming extensive reissue of their debut album Y, one of their finest and most celebrated achievements is renewed and expanded.

Originally released on the 20 April 1979, Y represents a stunning culmination of The Pop Group’s crucial nonconformity. Preceded by a meteoric rise in recognition, Y firmly realised the latent potential of the group’s early years. From playing Bristol youth clubs to early gigs supporting Pere Ubu and Patti Smith to gracing the front covers of NME and Melody Maker, The Pop Group’s progression to the forefront had been swift. With the recording of Y, The Pop Group were to build on the promise of these earlier experiences and of their first recordings, delivering a debut album that transcends most, if not all, classification and one that exists in a league of its own.

Upon release, Y soon became a pivotal and epochal classic. In the years since release, its relevance has stood undiminished; an accomplishment that has lost none of its fearless sense of ambition and attack.

The album was produced by dub maestro Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell, with Ybecoming his first non-reggae project. The group’s decision to collaborate with Bovell is emblematic of the risk and range found on Y, where tracks are adeptly moulded with reverb, delays, tape loops and a range of other studio treatments. The results corral all of the captivating mixing desk ingenuity that Bovell had been previously applying to UK reggae and lovers rock, making for a record that ventures into altogether unchartered territory.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the album, the band are releasing the definitive edition of Y that includes the non-album single, ‘She Is Beyond Good & Evil’ plus two additional albums Alien Blood and Y Live, as well as an extensive booklet and art prints. The vinyl remaster has been and cut at half-speed at Abbey Road. A super deluxe version of the box set limited to 500 copies will include 180gm Inca gold vinyl pressings with two signed prints.

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