Hello Cruel World – Mekons

hardcover book, available from Amazon UK or direct from us

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Hello Cruel World contains the lyrics to 125 Mekons songs (essentially everything they’d written up to and including 2002’s Me album). Many of the lyrics are illustrated by the band members, and the book also includes numerous handwritten drafts of songs (often very different from the final versions) and a portfolio of candid photographs of the band on the road by Anne L. Lehman. Gleeful and despairing, withering and poetic, sexy and poignant, rollicking and grim, the Mekons’ expressive lyrics and art offer rich insights into the band’s collective creative alchemy, fierce humor, and caustic world view.