In-conversation with Will Sergeant
4 November 2021 - 7.30pm
BME is excited to host an in-conversation event with Will Sergeant. This unique event celebrates the publication of 'Bunnyman', the long-awaited memoir from Will Sergeant, guitarist and founder member of the influential band Echo & The Bunnymen. The event is hosted by Colin Fallows, artist, curator and Professor of Sound and Visual Arts at Liverpool John Moores University.
Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s and '70s, when skinheads, football violence and fear of just about everything was the natural order of things, a young Will Sergeant found the emerging punk scene provided a shimmer of hope amongst a crumbling city still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War, with the shadow of Thatcher and all she would wreak creeping up.
From school-day horrors and mud flinging fun to nights at Liverpool's punk club, Eric's, where he saw amongst others the Fall, Joy Division, the Cure, Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, The Damned, and thousands of other musicians and bands, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music, ignited by the excitement of punk. It was this devotion that led to the birth of the Bunnymen, to the days when he and Ian McCulloch would muck around with reel-to-reel recordings of song ideas in the front room of his dad’s council house, and to finding a community - friends, enemies and many in between - with those who would become post-punk royalty from the likes of Dead or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Teardrop Explodes to name a few.
With the lasting echoes of the pervasive Merseybeat scene to compete against and with the post-industrial bands from the ever-rivalrous Manchester and the Factory label, Echo and the Bunnymen had its competition cut out, but still due to talent, determination and the salvation of music, they became iconic. By turns wry and profound, Bunnyman reveals what it was really like to be part of one of the most influential and important British bands of the 1980s, a band which is still informing and inspiring the popular culture and subculture.
The in-conversation will be followed by a book signing. Books are available to purchase on the evening from Waterstones, Liverpool.
Tickets £8 - on sale Monday 27 September, 10am