Early ’90s NME column Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman to be compiled into a book by London DIY label Sonic Cathedral


Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman was originally published in NME between October 1991 and February 1992. A spoof column credited to a Lord Tarquin, its actual author was critic David Quantick, who you might have seen providing the funniest talking head quips on all those Top 100 TV marathons you don’t see so much of these days.

Now, London based indie label Sonic Cathedral have scooped up Lord Tarquin’s words and compiled them into a book for the first time, illustrated by designer Mark Jones. It features the 10 original chapters, plus a new epilogue that brings the story of the pupils of Shoey House up to date in a morass of middle class mockery, double entendres and badly translated Latin.

Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman will be available from the Sonic Cathedral stall at the Independent Label Market – held at Spitalfields Market in London on Saturday, July 12 – selected shops and from, priced £5.

Currently celebrating 10 years of shows and releases, Sonic Cathedral will also host a free-entry party for this, their first book, at The Social, London, on 7 July 2014. Quantick will read the words of his forgotten alter ego while ex Ride singer Mark Gardener will perform live followed by DJ sets from Chaterhouse’s Stephen Patman and Lush’s Phil King.