Even by Caught By The River’s eclectic standards, last night was a new one on us. Andrews of Arcadia put it perfectly when he pointed out that we were holding an event to celebrate the launch of a book shelf.
The fact is, that book shelf is a permanent physical manifestation of our shop in arguably the greatest record shop in the world – something we thought was worth celebrating. And we wanted to properly launch our recent collection, On Nature.
So, we got together, cracked a barrel of Sambrooks’ Wandle Ale (massive thanks to Duncan for that), had a chat on stage with John Andrews and Pete Donne from Rough Trade, heard a phenomenal reading from On Nature by the mighty Bill Drummond then took a short walk up the road for a Nature Disco at our favourite pub in London – Mason and Taylor – with Friend of the River Richard Norris on the decks. All that added up to a fantastic night and a hell of a sore head the morning after.
Our friend Emma Warren wrote a brilliant piece about it here and says it all better than I ever could. Emma will be hosting the next get together at Rough Trade on October 12th. It will be unmissable, we’ll give you full details in the next few days.
Robin. Pics by Neil Thomson