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Book Launch: The Ballad of Speedball Baby

Join us on Thursday 25th January when we celebrate the launch of Ali Smith’s thrilling, extremely funny, heart-wrenchingly vulnerable memoir about coming of age in the ’90s New York City underground music scene.

As an only child reeling from the demolition of her parents’ toxic marriage, the New York City underground music scene offered a young Ali a different family of misfits and talented outsiders to belong to.

She became the bass player for edgy band Speedball Baby, a decision that took her around the world — from onstage at the legendary CBGBs to the red-light district of Amsterdam. Often, she was the only girl in a broken-down tour van… and the only girl being strip-searched at the Croatian border, chased by lunatics, and navigating the seedy underbelly of a male-dominated music scene full of addiction, violence, and misogyny. And she did it all while keeping her sharp wit and dark humour intact.

Rimmed with heavy black eyeliner and smelling faintly of cheap booze, The Ballad of Speedball Baby is a pulse-quickening, unpredictable ride through the ’90s music scene — alternately terrifying, hilarious, and painfully evocative — as well as a love letter to the power of female solidarity.

We’re delighted to welcome Ali — an ex-punk-musician-turned-photographer from the US now living in Norwich — to The Book Hive to mark the release of her new book about grim outsider rock ’n’ roll and the ups and downs of a life of a woman who refuses to comply.

Her highly-anticipated memoir has been described as “beautiful” (Nick Zinner, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!) and “the trip of your life… poetically written in neon prose” (Kate Pierson, the B-52’s!) — so we’re welcoming it into the world in style. Ali will not only be interviewed by Kathy Narayn-Webb from Future Radio — she’ll also be performing live with local musician Adam Clarke (of The Corncutters, Nobodaddy and Cobbler Bob String Band fame!)

Ali Smith: The Ballad of Speedball Baby (LAUNCH with interview & music performance)
Thursday 25th January 2024
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Refreshments available
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places —  book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

Ali Smith is an award-winning photographer and writer whose work is regularly featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, and many more publications internationally. Her book Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives won two international book awards and was praised by the New York Times and Gloria Steinem. Ali has taught, lectured, and exhibited at the International Centre of Photography, NYU, and several galleries and institutions worldwide. With a passion for telling women’s stories, Ali forged her vibrant artistic style in New York’s underground music scene where she played bass in the seminal punk/blues/avant-garde band Speedball Baby.

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Thursday 25 Jan 2024
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6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Book Hive
53 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1HL

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Home Events - Norwich Lanes Literature Book Launch: The Ballad of Speedball Baby

Book Launch: The Ballad of Speedball Baby

Date

Thursday 25 Jan 2024
Expired!

Time

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Book Hive
53 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1HL

Join us on Thursday 25th January when we celebrate the launch of Ali Smith’s thrilling, extremely funny, heart-wrenchingly vulnerable memoir about coming of age in the ’90s New York City underground music scene.

As an only child reeling from the demolition of her parents’ toxic marriage, the New York City underground music scene offered a young Ali a different family of misfits and talented outsiders to belong to.

She became the bass player for edgy band Speedball Baby, a decision that took her around the world — from onstage at the legendary CBGBs to the red-light district of Amsterdam. Often, she was the only girl in a broken-down tour van… and the only girl being strip-searched at the Croatian border, chased by lunatics, and navigating the seedy underbelly of a male-dominated music scene full of addiction, violence, and misogyny. And she did it all while keeping her sharp wit and dark humour intact.

Rimmed with heavy black eyeliner and smelling faintly of cheap booze, The Ballad of Speedball Baby is a pulse-quickening, unpredictable ride through the ’90s music scene — alternately terrifying, hilarious, and painfully evocative — as well as a love letter to the power of female solidarity.

We’re delighted to welcome Ali — an ex-punk-musician-turned-photographer from the US now living in Norwich — to The Book Hive to mark the release of her new book about grim outsider rock ’n’ roll and the ups and downs of a life of a woman who refuses to comply.

Her highly-anticipated memoir has been described as “beautiful” (Nick Zinner, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!) and “the trip of your life… poetically written in neon prose” (Kate Pierson, the B-52’s!) — so we’re welcoming it into the world in style. Ali will not only be interviewed by Kathy Narayn-Webb from Future Radio — she’ll also be performing live with local musician Adam Clarke (of The Corncutters, Nobodaddy and Cobbler Bob String Band fame!)

Ali Smith: The Ballad of Speedball Baby (LAUNCH with interview & music performance)
Thursday 25th January 2024
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Refreshments available
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places —  book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

Ali Smith is an award-winning photographer and writer whose work is regularly featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, and many more publications internationally. Her book Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives won two international book awards and was praised by the New York Times and Gloria Steinem. Ali has taught, lectured, and exhibited at the International Centre of Photography, NYU, and several galleries and institutions worldwide. With a passion for telling women’s stories, Ali forged her vibrant artistic style in New York’s underground music scene where she played bass in the seminal punk/blues/avant-garde band Speedball Baby.

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Home Events - Norwich Lanes Literature Book Launch: The Ballad of Speedball Baby

Book Launch: The Ballad of Speedball Baby

Date

Thursday 25 Jan 2024
Expired!

Time

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Book Hive
53 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1HL

Join us on Thursday 25th January when we celebrate the launch of Ali Smith’s thrilling, extremely funny, heart-wrenchingly vulnerable memoir about coming of age in the ’90s New York City underground music scene.

As an only child reeling from the demolition of her parents’ toxic marriage, the New York City underground music scene offered a young Ali a different family of misfits and talented outsiders to belong to.

She became the bass player for edgy band Speedball Baby, a decision that took her around the world — from onstage at the legendary CBGBs to the red-light district of Amsterdam. Often, she was the only girl in a broken-down tour van… and the only girl being strip-searched at the Croatian border, chased by lunatics, and navigating the seedy underbelly of a male-dominated music scene full of addiction, violence, and misogyny. And she did it all while keeping her sharp wit and dark humour intact.

Rimmed with heavy black eyeliner and smelling faintly of cheap booze, The Ballad of Speedball Baby is a pulse-quickening, unpredictable ride through the ’90s music scene — alternately terrifying, hilarious, and painfully evocative — as well as a love letter to the power of female solidarity.

We’re delighted to welcome Ali — an ex-punk-musician-turned-photographer from the US now living in Norwich — to The Book Hive to mark the release of her new book about grim outsider rock ’n’ roll and the ups and downs of a life of a woman who refuses to comply.

Her highly-anticipated memoir has been described as “beautiful” (Nick Zinner, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!) and “the trip of your life… poetically written in neon prose” (Kate Pierson, the B-52’s!) — so we’re welcoming it into the world in style. Ali will not only be interviewed by Kathy Narayn-Webb from Future Radio — she’ll also be performing live with local musician Adam Clarke (of The Corncutters, Nobodaddy and Cobbler Bob String Band fame!)

Ali Smith: The Ballad of Speedball Baby (LAUNCH with interview & music performance)
Thursday 25th January 2024
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Refreshments available
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places —  book your spot now to avoid disappointment!

Ali Smith is an award-winning photographer and writer whose work is regularly featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, and many more publications internationally. Her book Momma Love: How the Mother Half Lives won two international book awards and was praised by the New York Times and Gloria Steinem. Ali has taught, lectured, and exhibited at the International Centre of Photography, NYU, and several galleries and institutions worldwide. With a passion for telling women’s stories, Ali forged her vibrant artistic style in New York’s underground music scene where she played bass in the seminal punk/blues/avant-garde band Speedball Baby.

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