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The Jesus and Mary Chain announce memoir by founding members William and Jim Reid

01 March 2024, 10:43 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced their forthcoming autobiography Never Understood: The Story of the Jesus and Mary Chain, by the band’s founding members William and Jim Reid with ghostwriter, and radio host Ben Thompson.

The forthcoming memoir starts at the beginning where, after they’d swapped sought-after apprenticeships for life on the dole, brothers William and Jim Reid sat up till the early hours in the front room of their parents’ East Kilbride council house, plotting their path to world domination over endless cups of tea. The resulting biography is a chronicle of brotherly strife, feedback, riots, drug and alcohol addiction, eternal outsiders and extreme shyness, that also somehow manages to be a love letter to the Scottish working-class family.

"It’s got plenty of warts, we can assure you of that. In fact, it might be all warts," says Jim.

Never Understood will be published by White Rabbit on 15 August in hardback, trade paperback, ebook and audio digital download, alongside a White Rabbit special edition and a vinyl audiobook. Pre-orders are available now.

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