Book Review: Saint Etienne

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Saint Etienne 
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Bantam

ISBN 978-0-9926578-2-6


Saint Etienne has produced a much-loved and adored catalogue of work over the years. Their eclectic individuality has gained them a devoted fan base following all of their movement. Inspired by sixties pop culture, electronica, trance and folk—their groundbreaking use of samples and early sounds merge together creating a fresh and innovative sound as invigorating as it was twenty-years ago. From their roots in the indie dance scene to their recently film work, Saint Etienne are still turning heads and generating new fans. 


First Third Books has created a shrine of Saint Etienne that will appease all bibliophiles and fans. The rich photographic monograph contains over 150 images of Saint Etienne with full annotation. The book notes complete discography and includes commentary by Sarah, Pete and Bob. 

Elusive friend and fellow musician, Lawrence (Felt, Denim, Go-Kart Mozart) has contributed an eloquent foreword, and conversations with each member uncover individual memories that make up the group’s history.

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With a tonal green linen cover in homage to much of Saint Etienne’s artwork this individually numbered and limited 2,000-run ‘volume contains both celebrated and previously unpublished photos of the group by some of the world’s best known music and fashion photographers, as well as many previously unseen images from the group’s personal archives taken by close friend and film-maker Paul Kelly’.

This collection will attract long time fans, and certainly acquire new ones along the way. It is a beautiful collection that, to truly be appreciated must be read in a few sittings. The photos tell such stories, and it is a privilege to observe such beautiful pieces of Saint Etienne’S history. For those that tend to flip through books/magazines and only scour through the lines, please take your time with this collection. The notes and annotations need to be read for the photos to be fully understood and appreciated. 

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