An illustrated journey through five decades of the music of Kate Bush

In 1978 a then totally unknown teenage girl topped the UK Singles Chart with her debut single Wuthering Heights and in doing so became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one hit with a self-penned song. In 1980, aged 20 she was also the first British female solo artist to to enter the album charts at number one with Never For Ever, her third studio album. Her career currently spans five decades and she has had twenty five UK Top 40 singles in that time. As a singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and record producer she has been a groundbreaking artist in the truest sense of the word, often laying bare her soul in her songwriting and she is someone who has never been afraid to take risks creatively.

Finding Kate is a large, beautifully produced coffee table book that sets out to visually and textually explore her eclectic and often experimental musical style, her unconventional lyrics and in doing so celebrate the genius of one of the true icons of British music – Ms. Kate Bush.

THE BOOK

The Book Structure

Finding Kate explores a selection of the author Michael’s favourite Kate songs which he has chosen from her extensive five decade long career, each one conceptually visualised as double page spreads with accompanying text detailing song facts, together with his own personal insights into the music – all beautifully digitally illustrated by Marius. The book is broken into five chronological chapters each covering a defined period in time, plus there will be other interesting Kate content related to her recorded work to date (we say ’to date’ because as fans we really hope there is more to come!).

As nearly all of the photographs that have been shot of Kate over the years are very familiar to fans through their constant use both online and in press, the aim of the book is to create vivid and exciting ‘illustrated visuals’ which will be new to fans. These ‘illustrated visuals’ will be based on original photographs (which we are licensing the rights and paying for) and which will connect with the text and visually explore the themes in Kate’s songs.

Like all of Kate’s own work, this book will be produced like a labour of love to the highest possible standard, both at the design and the print production stages. Michael and Marius alone will conceptualise, write, create, illustrate and handle the pre press stages of the book.

The book will be published in December 2021 and available to ship then. We will give a more accurate date in October when the book is due to go to press.

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The Book Format

This will be a large coffee table style book with a page size of 300mm x 300mm (12 inches square). It will be a premium production and will contain 96 pages of text plus a casebound (hardback) cover and be lavishly produced with illustrations of different styles to the following specification:

  • Casebound (hardback)
  • Size 300mm x 300mm
  • Threadsewn
  • Laminated picture wrap cover
  • Head & tail bands
  • Printed end sheets
  • Printed throughout on top quality 170gsm Gardamatt Silk paper.

The book will be printed & bound to the highest standards by Printer Trento, one of Europe’s leading book printers based in Italy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The team behind this project are long term friends and creative collaborators Michael Byrne and Marius Herbert. Both hail from Dublin, Ireland and are a successful duo who during their work careers have won awards, praise and recognition for their work in many creative areas such as Graphic Design, Advertising and Publishing.

Michael has been a long time Kate Bush fan and an admirer of both her music and her unique creative spirit. Over the last number of years the pair have helped many people to realise their dreams and successfully self publish their own written work and Finding Kate is their first venture into publishing as authors.

 

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PURCHASE HERE NOW

Finding Kate is being self published, promoted and marketed by the authors themselves and costs €39.95 per copy PLUS cost of delivery, and ships worldwide. Click the ‘PURCHASE HERE NOW’ button above to pay securely via our payment processing partners Stripe.

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The cost of packaging and signed recorded delivery to anywhere in the world will be calculated at the checkout. We have tried to keep this to the lowest possible price we can, but as a small self publishing venture we cannot secure the large volume discounts from packaging & fulfilment specialists and delivery companies that the giants such as Amazon and Book Depository can get, so unfortunately our prices for this element might be a little more than you would ideally hope to pay.

Contact

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