David Peace ( in English )
Ever since the publication of his first novel in 1974, David Pearce is known as one of the most important British writers of his generation. With his latest book, Red or Dead, he pays a heartfelt tribute to Bill Shankly, the legendary Liverpool Football Club manager. He kindly accepted our invitation to delve into his literary background for this book. And did so with great passion.
ART FROM ALL, ART FOR ALL : Bill Shankly was a Socialist. He was a revolutionary. He inspired and motivated the people around him – the players, the staff, the supporters – to COLLECTIVELY change Liverpool Football Club and their lives. This was the portrait I wanted to paint of this man.
In its heyday Liverpool was a major port as well as being a thriving working-class city. With two premier league football clubs and a pop group « more popular than Jesus » Liverpool has earned a place in the history books.
# POETRY IN MOTION
For my own inspiration, and to learn how, I was constantly looking for artists who had created art – painting, poetry, music, cinema - born from or about collectivity, revolution, and socialism. In different ways, Mayakovsky, Blok, Shostakovich and Eisenstein all helped and inspired me to write, and to keep writing and writing, RED OR DEAD ...
# WORKING CLASS HERO
How do you avoid losing the thread on your life and cutting off your roots when your talent is taking you to higher planes? Some have fallen into this trap and are forever lost.
# SING VICTORY !
un air de famille ...