THE SPEED OF LIFE
April 2018 | Paperback Original £9.99
THE SKIDS – 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – MAY / JUNE 2018
Two beautiful time-travelling aliens arrive on Earth, drawn by a powerful need to search for the meaning of human creativity, to discover the truth behind the words, music and changing faces of David Bowie, whose music has reached their world and sparked something new in them.
In their quest to understand Bowie’s work, they are exposed to a world of self-destruction and loneliness as they travel through time to key moments in his life. From Ziggy’s Heddon Street, Brixton and Hammersmith in London, to Doheny Drive, and the Mojave Desert outside Los Angeles filming The Man Who Fell to Earth, to the austere beauty and creative flowering of Berlin and finally New York, their travels show them the beauty and the horror of the modern world and introduce them to the human being’s greatest quality, love.
Part pop-culture sci-fi thriller, part love letter to David Bowie, The Speed of Life is both an examination of the intangible relationship between creator and fan, the loved and the lovers, and a quiet meditation on the inexplicable power of music.
About the author:
Richard Jobson is the singer and lyricist with Scottish Punk band The Skids. He published a series of books and spoken word records before becoming Sky TV’s Movie critic and writing/directing six feature films, including his memoir the award-winning 16 Years of Alcohol.
In 2017 The Skids embarked on a 40th Anniversary Tour, playing to sell-out crowds at venues the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland. This led to them recording new material, and a new album, ‘Burning Cities’ was released in January 2018, reaching No 4 in the album charts.
The band will continue their 40th Anniversary UK shows throughout 2018, culminating in a London show at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 30th of June 2018.
THE SKIDS – LIVE DATES:
MAY 27TH CORN EXCHANGE, BEDFORD
JUN 01ST PICTUREDROME, HOLMFIRTH
JUN 02ND 02 RITTZ, MANCHESTER
JUN 07TH SUB 89 & THE BOWERY DISTRICT, READING
JUN 08TH CHEESE AND GRAIN, FROME
JUN 09TH TRAMSHED, CARDIFF
JUN 15TH BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS
JUN 16TH 02 ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE
JUN 22ND THE RESCUE ROOMS NOTTINGHAM
JUN 23RD 02 ACADEMY, LIVERPOOL
JUN 27TH THE WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, PORTSMOUTH
JUN 28TH ROBIN 2, WOLVERHAMPTON
JUN 29TH CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON
JUN 30TH 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON