'Something And Nothing' – the second volume of David Gedge's official autobiography – was released by Scopitones on 11 November 2022.
Some of the stories featured in this stunning 176-page, matt-laminated, hard-back book had previously only been available to readers of the 'Tales From The Wedding Present' comic book series. This collected edition comes with over 100 pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Craig Cash.
David writes 'Tales From The Wedding Present' together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. For the past decade, they’ve been working steadily, relating David’s life and adventures.
'Something And Nothing' is presented in chronological order; it takes up where Volume One left off – just after the release of The Wedding Present’s first single in 1985 – and takes us through the next three years of the band’s existence. David goes on to write intimately about all of the events leading up to the writing, recording and release of the band’s classic debut album, 'George Best', as well as detailing sessions that the group recorded for John Peel [including the legendary Ukrainian folk music sessions], early live appearances and the development of their label, Reception Records. On the way, we also learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing.
You can purchase Volume Two by clicking here.
You can purchase Volume One by clicking here.
What They Said About 'Tales From The Wedding Present' Volume One:
“An autobiography of The Wedding Present would be great on its own. An autobiography in beautiful graphic novel form? Even better!” Dan Vebber [Writer, The Simpsons]
“This is brilliant! It’s like the storyboard for a Wedding Present biopic.” Marc Riley [Broadcaster, BBC]
“As informative, funny and essential as David Gedge himself. Can I be in the movie when all this is franchised?” Tony Gardner [Actor]
“This is the graphic novel indie music mash up that we have all be waiting for and only David Gedge could deliver. It's amazing!” Stella Creasy [Member, British Parliament]
“This is a Wedding Present fan’s dream come true. Pure unfiltered Gedge; the inside track on what makes him tick and anecdotes aplenty. Essential!” Mike Gayle [Author]
“It’s very typical of The Wedding Present to do an autobiography differently to everyone else... but the stunning illustrations in this book really bring David's stories to life.” Louise Wener [Writer, musician]
“A visual masterpiece for book boffins and comic connoisseurs everywhere, telling the fascinating story of one of my favourite bands in both words and pictures. Magnificent!” Brian McClair [Footballer]
“Sharp. Witty. Stylish. Original. British. David’s autobiography is an absolute delight. Lee Thacker’s art is fantastic.” Fran Healy [Musician]
“A clever, funny, original, and charmingly unpretentious approach to writing your life story. So many brilliant details!” Mark Ellen [Journalist, broadcaster]
“Amazing concept! It’s in black and white but it brings real colour to memories and incidents that made me feel like I was in the room.” Terry Christian [Broadcaster, journalist, author]
“The Wedding Present... under the radar and under celebrated. To me, they make more sense now than they did in 1986. David Gedge is a punk hero… a born rock ‘n’ roll star and not an asshole. I’m glad he’s still around.” Alan McGee [Creation Records]
“A confessional, tears-and-laughter journey into the life and music of one of Britain's greatest songwriters, and indie rock's very own Dan Dare!” Mark Beaumont [Writer]