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"Whoop-di-do: the eagerly-anticipated issue #2 of Loops magazine … Quake in boggled awe before Paul Morley’s essay on Michael Jackson.  They don’t make music magazines like this anymore." - Dazed & Confused

 The second issue of a wonderfully exciting, landmark collaboration between Domino and Faber – a twice-yearly journal dedicated to engaging, intelligent and diverse writing about music.

 Issue 2 of Loops, the biannual journal dedicated to music writing from Faber and Domino, hosts essays from Andy Miller (Est-ce, est-ce ce bon?: on Serge Gainsbourg's flirtation with Nazi chic on Rock Around the Bunker), Dan Franklin (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Fast: on Napalm Death and the Possibility of Life's Destruction) and Frances Morgan on Red Square's Thirty Three and the resonance of rediscovery after the event.

And then there's An Awfully Big Adventure, Paul Morley's spectacularly honest and exposing portrait of Michael Jackson and his debated legacy. Book shelves and tabloid columns have been blasting the ears of fans and critics alike since Jackson’s death, yet very little has been heard. Morley corrects this by unravelling and indulging the myth to ask just who he was, how we came to piece him together through our collective desires and fears, and why his destiny so inevitably reflected the dysfunctionality of the culture. This expansive essay takes a refreshingly imaginative perspective on a story that too often focused on the apocryphal fantasy rather than the magic of the man himself. Morley’s fascinating essay inclines us not just to look at Michael Jackson but to look at ourselves – the very forces implicit in making the man The King of Pop.

Morley sits alongside Simon Reynolds, Nick Kent, Lavinia Greenlaw, Owen Hatherley, Dan Franklin, Matt Thorne and Rob Chapman in Loops' second outing.

Loops II can be ordered from >>HERE

Loops is edited by Lee Brackstone and Richard King. Lee Brackstone is Publishing Director at Faber and Faber for pop culture titles and fiction. The Faber pop culture list has published such influential works as Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming, Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again and Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces.

Richard King has worked at Domino, the UK's leading independent music label for 15 years. In that time he has seen the label release records by Arctic Monkeys, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, Sebadoh and Robert Wyatt and build an incredible history and reputation.   He is currently working on How Soon Is Now?, an access all areas history of the UK independent music business 1975 - 2005.