Contributions by fans and artists alike
Many of the most poignant moments in the book come from you, our fans. Back in the summer, we asked you to write contributions about your own experiences with our music, and with music in general, in terms of its power to inspire, heal, create change, express...
Many of your contributions made it to the book and sit along contributions from fellow artists. Here's a few excerpts of what they said:
No 1: Nick Hornby
‘The Unthanks make secular spiritual music for everyone, and, at the end of the year when some of us have been troubled by some of the uglier definitions and manifestations of Englishness, it is an enormous consolation to realise that this –I want to say this above all –is the sound of my country.’
No. 11: Martin Freeman
‘The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them. And sometimes, when I know I need it, I'll listen to them to open me up and clean me out.’
No. 14 Maxine Peake
‘There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.’
No. 9 Glen Hansard
‘A flood of emotion that we'd held inside ourselves since childhood days had just been unexpectedly freed through this song... It was already clear that whoever this band were, they were our people.’
No. 7 Martin Hayes
‘The honest and heartfelt way in which they deliver their music is a true inspiration to me.’
plus contributions from
Robert Wyatt, Elvis Costello, Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Dawn French, Ade Edmondson, Geoff Travis, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Rosanne Cash, Colin Firth, Stephen Mangan, Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Charles Hazlewood.