David Keenan

David Keenan
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A hallucinated oral history of post-punk in Airdrie during the 1970s and 80s. 

David Keenan is a musician, critic and author. He has previously published a non-fiction book about the biographies of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound. He is a senior contributor to The Wire. This is Memorial Device is his first fiction novel.

This is Memorial Device recalls the lives of misfits, would-be artists and art-damaged musicians in Airdrie during the 1980s. The legendary Memorial Device, a four-piece post-punk group, and one of its members Lucas Black have a profound effect on the town, enthusing the town with their dreams, self-destruction and existentialism.

Keenan’s debut is a celebration of friendship, madness, ordinary lives transformed, and the joys of music. It is a love letter to the small towns of the west of Scotland which were temporarily transformed by punk rock. A darkly humorous, dream-like, delirious and brilliant story. 

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