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Mix of Bricks and Valentines
by G T Sok
Published by PM Press
384p, b&w, 5.25"x7.5"
"G.W. Sok co-founded of the internationally acclaimed independent Dutch
music group The Ex in 1979. He became the singer and lyricist, more or
less by coincidence, since he wrote the occasional poem and nobody else
wanted to sing. At the same time he turned himself into a graphic
designer of record sleeves, posters, and books. Together with The Ex he
was awarded the Dutch Pop Prize of 1991. The band is well known for its
energetic live performances, their inventive music, and for their
politically outspoken and thought-provoking lyrics. After 1,400
concerts in Holland and abroad, and 25 record albums later, G.W. Sok
decided to leave the group at the end of 2008.
A Mix of Bricks & Valentines showcases the lyrics G.W. Sok
wrote during his three decade period of Ex-istance. More than 250 songs
of agitprop lyrics, poetry, and rantings are included along with an
introduction by the author discussing his development as a writer. A
foreword by English journalist, author, and musician John Robb (the
Membranes, Punk: An Oral History and Death to Trad Rock) puts the work of G.W. Sok into perspective. "