An Edge Hill academic has been interviewed in the journal Punk & Post-Punk about his lyrics taking on a new life as poetry.
Dr Richard Witts, Reader in Music and Sound and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Music is interviewed in the music journal which places punk and its progeny at the heart of interdisciplinary investigation. It is the first forum of its kind to explore this topic in critical and theoretical terms.
In the late 1970s Richard formed the band The Passage which released four albums on various labels. Their songs discussed gender, love and sexuality as well as issues of the time.
Last year, a book showcasing Richard’s words and publishing them as poetry was released by Eyewear Publishing. The Passage: Post-Punk Poets features lyrics revolving around Richard’s poetic exploration of power, fear and love, infused with relentless energy.
Discussing his lyrics being published as poetry, Richard said: “When I write a song, I write down the lyric and the music… Actually, I would write cues and patterns rather than the whole thing, and the lyrics without repetition. Then I’d learn them.
“I don’t expect the lyric to be seen by anyone: it is something to be heard. In print the lyrics look cold to me, like mortuary bodies on slabs.”
Later this month, Richard will host Graham Massey, champion of acid house and founder of 808 State at an event in the University’s Art Centre.
In this wide-ranging talk Massey will consider the post-punk scene – and what has followed it – in conversation with Richard on Wednesday 24th January at 8pm.
Tickets are £5 each and free for students with Arts Centre membership. Click here to book a place.