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Friday 21 June 2024

Steve Diggle: Sole Survivor, Singer & Songwriter Of Buzzcocks Is Set To Release Memoir Detailing Band's Rise, Fall, & Rise Again

In recent years Buzzcocks have regularly trod the hallowed boards of Concorde 2, Brighton. With that in mind, it's worth noting that Autonomy – Portrait of a Buzzcock, by Steve Diggle, is set to hit the book shelves in August

Since 2019 Diggle has led Buzzcocks as their sole singer and songwriter, releasing their tenth album Sonics In The Soul in 2022 and accepting Buzzcocks' induction into the Camden Walk of Fame on behalf of all members past and present in 2023.

For the first time since the death of Pete Shelley in 2018, Diggle opens up here about their shared legacy and complex friendship through the band's rise, fall, and rise again. 

From their origins supporting the Sex Pistols in 1976, to the making of their seminal Spiral Scratch EP

From their ascent to Top of the Pops as the 'punk Beatles' with classic singles including Ever Fallen In Love, Everybody's Happy Nowadays, 
Promises and Harmony In My Head (the latter two respectively co-written/written and sung by Diggle), to the excess of success, break-up, reformation and life beyond bereavement. 

More than a first-hand account of one of the best loved and most influential punk groups of all time who inspired everyone from The Smiths to Nirvana, the book is also a rousing portrait of working-class dreams and escape. 

Diggle offers an emotionally vivid description of his upbringing in the Sixties Manchester of the Moors Murderers and George Best, his wayward teens as a scooter mod and a near-fatal car accident that killed his best friend and changed his own path in life.

Diggle reflects: 

"Before I'm Steve Diggle from Buzzcocks, I'm Steve Diggle from Manchester. I grew up in its streets, each like a sculptor's chisel carving me into the person I am, the streets that taught me to see the poetry of life." 

As its knowingly Joycean subtitle alludes, Autonomy traces the making of the artist from young man to punk legend. 

Diggle sums it up: 

"I'm not trying to recreate the past, I'm trying to create the future."

Autonomy – Portrait of a Buzzcock, by Steve Diggle, is published on 22nd August 2024. CLICK HERE to pre-order.

by: Mike Cobley


Ravi Adelekan & Poundland Foundation

Ravi Adelekan, a nine-year-old boy from Brighton, was one of twelve children and their families who had their wish granted to visit the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone over the weekend. This was thanks to a £30,000 donation from the Poundland Foundation to Make-A-Wish UK.

Memory Walk is back and locals can join thousands taking part in Brighton Memory Walk - at Hove Lawns No.1, on 29th September 2024.

FareShare Sussex & Surrey has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help charities and community groups increase their capacity for frozen food, to feed more people experiencing hunger and food poverty.

A Brighton teacher who helps struggling local families with clothes and food, raises money in charity fun runs and regularly dons fancy dress to read to children at local events has been nominated in a national Teacher of the Year competition.
Credit: Dean Koopman

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is bringing a new collection of ocean-themed films to Brighton Dome, this autumn. 
Credit Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop duo Cults will play Concorde 2, Brighton, later this year in support of the band's fifth studio album, To The Ghosts.

Heads On, the official charity for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is announcing the launch of Living Histories - an oral history project capturing the life stories of service users and staff with experience of NHS mental health services in Sussex. The charity is seeking volunteers to be trained as oral historians to collect stories across the county.

The first-ever Brighton & Hove performance by one of the most listened-to living pianists in the world today will take place at The Old Market this November.

Immortal Apples, Eternal Eggs  - at Hastings Contemporary -  is a meeting of two of the UK's most significant collections – The Ingram Collection and the David and Indrė Roberts Collection.

Carl Cox is one of the most in demand DJs, multi award winning, with countless club dates and festival appearances every year. 

Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Brighton-bound Beatrice Laus, known as Beabadoobee, has emerged as a British indie icon.

Lighthouse Project Space - Brighton's first ever public, youth-led artspace – opens this month with a programme of public events and activities.

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