In association with the brilliant Rock N’ Roll Book Club, I’ll be holding an official UK launch and signing for Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More on Wednesday, 14 November in the iconic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.
I grew up listening to RTE 2FM, which was then pretty much Ireland’s only music radio station. The station has always found room for alternative music in its schedule, and now Dan Hegarty expertly mans the late-night slot previously occupied by Dave Fanning.
So I was delighted to get the chance to speak about Faith No More and Small Victories to Dan on last Sunday’s show.
You can listen to the the interview and two Faith No More tracks here.
“Harte’s work probes every cranny and crevice with the zeal of a hungry aye-aye looking for grubs…Small Victories delivers the goods on musical insights and in-fights.”
“A fascinating insight into one of the greatest bands ever to capture – and perhaps fracture – the public imagination.”
“Harte’s prose manages to describe the music as well as the delicate and challenging writing process that brought five very different egos together to create the quintessential Faith No More sound. Despite the band’s penchant for pissing off audiences (and each other), Harte recounts just how driven the band were for success and how that drive often conflicted with their need to be artistically true to themselves. Where a band like the Replacements acted out to satisfy some deep-seated need to sabotage themselves, Harte asserts Faith No More acted out to stave off boredom.”
“Small Victories is a joy to read. Faith No More has an impossibly complex history and a habit of deliberately obfuscating the truth, and Harte has managed to streamline all of it into a cohesive and compelling narrative.”
“Harte’s narrative is so engaging, one does not want the band’s tale to end. For the Faith No More enthusiast, there is much to dig into here. But perhaps more tellingly and to the book’s great credit, even the Faith No More newbie will be entranced and enrapt by the tale.”
“Harte, the curator behind Faith No More 2.0, infuses a collection of interviews with band members, managers, and key figures. These first-hand testimonies are cunningly interwoven with an empirical narrative that serves as an encyclopedia for every triumph and struggle the band has faced.”
The launch of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More in Dublin last Friday was a resounding success.
Over 50 people showed up to hear author Adrian Harte and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin wax lyrical on the book and all things Faith No More at the well-appointed Gutter Bookshop.
Harte said: “Small Victories is so named because Faith No More were a band who were both more successful than they should have been – and less successful than they could have been.”
He added: “When I started the book in April 2017, the first email I received said, “I have noticed talk about you taking on our story in a book. I wanted to reach out and offer my help in any way you’d deem useful. Who knows what that would be, or where it would lead?” That mail was from Mike Bordin, and it led us here, to Dublin, and to this book. Thanks Mike for all your help and for being here tonight.”
Mike Bordin said: “This is not a book; this is the book. My take on it is this, if there is going to be a book made and a book we can trust, then this is going to be the book. We are not going to do this again, this is the book.”
The question and answer session was ably compered by Joe Sullivan, who set the tone for the evening with an introductory speech, which touched upon growing up (with me) in Ballybay in Ireland, and he explained how important rock and metal music and Faith No More was.
Special thanks from me to Joe, and also to Emmet McAviney for photographs, Paul Dunne for poster and postcard design, and Bob from the Gutter Bookshop for putting on such a wonderful event. Thanks also to all those who attended, who bought books, and who waited patiently to get their books signed by Mike and me.