Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at

Saturday 17 October 2015

Crisis Music: The Cultural Politics of Rock Against Racism

A few weeks ago this title was brought to my attention through an article in the Guardian.

The book was originally published in 2009 and is steeply priced, but it appears to be due to be republished by Autograph (at least the photos of Syd Shelton) for a less wallet denting £30. For those in the London area there is also an exhibition.

The photographs are brilliant, including this wonderful shot of Terry and Neville from the Leeds 1981 RAR gig:

Terry Hall and Neville Staples of The Specials
Rock Against Racism and Anti-Nazi League Carnival
Potternewton Park, Leeds, 1981

The Beat
Coventry, 1981

Segs Jennings, The Ruts
Coventry, 1979

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