Dr Richard Witts, Reader in Sound and Music at Edge Hill University and former lead singer of influential band The Passage, showcases his lyrics in his new book The Passage: Post-Punk Poets.

The Passage: Post-Punk Poets, published by Eyewear Publishing, was launched on Friday 17th March at The London Review of Books showcase.

The book collects Richard’s lyrics for the first time, publishing them as poetry. Actor and producer, Graham Duff, introduces the book which also includes an afterword by Richard and rare photographs of the band.

The lyrics revolve around Richard’s poetic exploration of power, fear and love, infused with relentless energy. Combining hazy visions of an 80s nightclub at 3am and an unflinching eye for satire and political commentary, the lyrics are as pertinent and forceful as they were during the post-punk heyday.

“This project is entirely the idea of the distinguished poetry publisher, Todd Swift of Eyewear,” said Richard. “I wrote the 40 or so lyrics for the post-punk band I was in, between 1979 and 1983, and Todd heard them as poetry. To me they have a job to do in association with music, but Todd believes that they have another life – in print. It had never occurred to me, and the book raises issues to me about lyrics and poetry that I want to debate: Todd joked that I should go about this now before it’s forgotten that songwriter Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for literature!”

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