You Spin Me Round



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Paper Visual Art Journal
3 March 2024
ISBN: 9781916150959
143 pages

From the publisher

Edited by Adrian Duncan, Niamh Dunphy, Nathan O’Donnell

You spin me round is an illuminating collection of essays, an essential mixtape that takes elements of music – songs, performances, albums, gigs – as points of departure. Some of the finest writers at work today reflect on what music has meant to them at different moments in their lives.

The writers sift through the material artefacts of their music worlds – torn ticket stubs, creased flyers, worsted wristbands – those items that slip out of a book or the back of a drawer, or that appear crumpled in the pocket of an old coat. You spin me round is a compilation of totems, a distillation of ineffable musical experiences.

With contributions by Ciaran Carson, Brian Dillon, Wendy Erskine, Aingeala Flannery, Peter Geoghegan, Colin Graham, M. John Harrison, Tabitha Lasley, Declan Long, Jayne A. Quan, McKenzie Wark, and Sydney Weinberg.

You Spin Me Round is a humming, buzzing, memory-rattling examination of the distorted channels through which music remains meaningful. Funny, wistful, and full of the half-youthful yearning music most ardently permits, each essay echoes with the haunting sound of the songs that vibrate within us, long after their final note has faded.’ – Ian Maleney, author of Minor Monuments