The Supermarket Car Park Fugue

On The London Ear show on Resonance FM, Unofficial Britain’s editor Gareth E. Rees reads from his new book Car Park Life (Influx Press) with car park music interludes selected by host Ben Thompson.

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TRACKS:

Euros Childs – All Across The Car Park
Can – Hunters and Collectors
Euros Childs – Farm Fun
Dinosaur Jr – Start (ahem) Shoppin’
Adam & the Ants – Car Trouble
The Fall – Strange Town
Swamp Dogg – Synthetic World
Moondog – Stomping Ground
The Saints – One Way Street
Al Stewart – A Small Fruit Song
The Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket

Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees is available here from Influx Press.

‘A retail park Heart of Darkness.’
– John Grindrod, author of Outskirts

‘Extraordinary. I loved it, and will never take my Asda car park for granted again.’
– Angela Barnes

‘Compelling, insightful and teeming with mid-life spirit.’
– Andrew Kötting

Gareth Rees succeeds brilliantly in illuminating these neglected spaces and in bringing their unexpected stories to life.’
– Merlin Coverley, author of The Art of Wandering

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