Always Different, Always the Same

Cover art by Suzanne Smith for the volume Always Different Always the Same

Always Different, Always the Same

Critical Essays on The Fall


With many incarnations, The Fall (1976-2018) were one of the most influential bands to emerge in the British Post-Punk Scene. Their unique sound and distinct iconography have had a lasting impact on music fans and performers alike. This book disassembles The Fall’s significant contribution to music. Based on up-to-date original research, the book separates fact from fiction and offers a thorough investigation into The Fall and their founder/leader Mark E Smith, in particular. Given The Fall’s complexities (their wide range of influences; multiple line-ups and ‘anti-music’ stance), the book draws upon a wide range of academic disciplines, including ethnomusicology, sociology, literary theory, linguistics, journalism, cultural studies, and film and media studies, in order to unpack the group’s influence and legacy. Cover art by Suzanne Smith (alt image for Re-Mit LP).

Out this December (academic press pricing: ask your library to order a copy). Includes my essay on Mark E. Smith as an artist.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Pages: 256 • Trim: 6 x 9

978-1-5381-6535-5 • Hardback • December 2022 • $115.00 • (£88.00)

978-1-5381-6536-2 • eBook • December 2022 • $45.00 • (£35.00)