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17 CDs, 1 DVD and 180 pages of histories, chronology, testimony and commentaries by the band, sundry contemporary documents, and rare photographs – in a sturdy box.

This collection brings together the full contents of the three former boxes, with the addition of a further 60pp booklet of newly unearthed, or commissioned, band commentaries, pictures and other documents prepared specifically for this release - as well as re-mastered versions of all the studio CDs and the rare bonus CD (Cabinet of Curiosities), which came with the subscription edition of the original boxed set. Subscribers only will also receive an extra numbered edition subscription CD of more newly recovered, discovered and previously unreleased recordings.

Content summary:

Newly designed and packaged set of 18 CDs and one DVD covering the entire career of the band - re-mastered by Bob Drake. Plus extra subscription-only CD of further rarities

For those with the original boxes, not to force you to buy the whole set just to get the extra booklet and bonus CD, you will be able to order these separately for £18.

SPECIAL OFFER: BOOK and (sub edition) BOX for £85. Anyone who has already pre-ordered the book can add the box for £65.




Henry Cow: The World is a Problem.

520 pp Paperback, 63 illustrations

RELEASE DATE 6 SEPTEMBER. It’s here now only because Amazon are doing advance orders already and we’d much prefer you bought it from us.

This is an academically motivated, but for the most part straightforwardly told story that tries painstakingly to piece together what was going on in Henry Cow in respect both of its individual internal relationships, and in the way these intersected with the band’s collective negotiations across the interlocking spheres of the world at large (commercial, political, sexual, theoretical, practical &c.) It tracks the band chronologically from its inception to its orderly close, employing a wealth of testimony, interviews, contemporary documentation and private records. All the surviving members of the band co-operated, giving Ben whatever materials they were willing to make public - some more than others, which is why, inevitably, the perspectives of the more generous record-keepers are more prominent. Ben also interviewed everyone he could find who had ever worked or travelled or had significant contact with the band; listened to every bootleg and read every article and interview: the research is extremely thorough. For the rest, Ben has had to interpret, edit and, occasionally, take sides as he tries to fit what he has into a sociological narrative. No one in the band will agree fully with his analysis, but neither would they agree fully with one another’s; subjectivities are profoundly complex. For most of the book, Henry Cow’s actions and negotiations with the world are well served - it’s a very thorough and detailed history. Bit when it comes to their negotiations with one another the narrative necessarily takes the form of a - mostly plausible - attempt by the future, guided by its own biases and interests, to unearth things that were already hidden when they were current: I mean motives, hopes, ambitions, insecurities and all the ties that bind, and undermine. This aspect of the book is uneven because the testimonies are uneven. That clarified, I think every Henry Cow fan will need it since it’s a mine of invaluable information – just sometimes best read between the lines.  The price is high, but that’s academic presses for you, we civilians should be lucky they agreed to make a ‘cheap’ paperback version.

PAPER £20 plus shipping (UK - £2.90: Europe - £8.50: R.O.W - £13.35).

HARDCOVER £95 (I know, I know) plus shipping (UK - £2.90, Europe - £8.50, R.O.W - £13.35).

Accounting and economy: with paypal, you can buy it if you’re feeling flush; with a credit card or cheque, we won’t take the money until the book is sent.