First published by Sound On Sound in 2016, this new edition has been extensively revised and updated and is now available to pre-order from the new publisher, Velocity Press.
Tape Leaders is a richly illustrated A-Z compendium featuring over 100 composers active with tape and electronics in the analogue era. Containing information never previously uncovered, it shines a fresh light on many sound experimenters unacknowledged in the history of British electronic music.
With an individual entry for each composer, it covers everyone from famous names like William Burroughs, Brian Eno and Joe Meek to the ultra-obscure such as Roy Cooper, Donald Henshilwood and Edgar Vetter. There are also sections for EMS and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and amateurs, groups and ensembles that experimented with electronics, including The Beatles, Hawkwind and White Noise.
Read the SOS review of the first edition here: www.soundonsound.com/reviews/tape-leaders
The new hardback book is 22.7cm x 17.7cm landscape, and the 224 pages are printed and bound on heavyweight 130gsm paper. With a specially compiled 15-track CD of mainly unreleased early British tape and synthesizer works (exclusively available to the Velocity Press shop and free with all pre-orders), this is an essential book for anyone interested in electronic music history during the 1950s and 60s.
Tape Leaders is due to be published in October 2021 but you can pre-order it now via the Velocity Press website and receive a signed copy with an exclusive free CD in September.
Price £20.00 +p&p
About Velocity Press
Velocity Press is an independent publisher specialising in electronic music and club culture books.