Edinburgh band Idlewild announce retrospective book marking 25th anniversary

Idlewild have announced a retrospective book, published next year to mark the Edinburgh indie band’s 25th anniversary.

Idlewild formed in Edinburgh and went on to enjoy international success.
Idlewild formed in Edinburgh and went on to enjoy international success.

In The Beginning There Were Answers – 25 years of Idlewild will go on sale in February, and is written by frontman Roddy Woomble.

Th band shared images of the forthcoming book in a series of social media posts announcing its publication.

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“The 225 page book charts the story of the band from its formation in the autumn of 1995 in Edinburgh, through the early years of local gigs, onto recording and touring albums such as 100 Broken Windows and The Remote Part,” the band wrote.

"50,000 words of text are written by Roddy Woomble in which he candidly discusses the bands creative process, as well as the line up changes, their hiatus and subsequent return, and their evolution from teenage punk rock band to one of Scotland's most enduring rock bands.

"All accompanied by photographs from the band's own archives alongside images taken by other friends and photographers.

"With a forward by novelist Benjamin Myers and design and layout by artist Alexander Brown In The Beginning There Were Answers is a must for every Idlewild fan."

In November, Idlewild were due to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a UK and Ireland tour – but the shows were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

New dates for 2021 have since been announced.

25 Years of Idlewild Book: In The Beginning There Were Answers is available for pre-order now from the band's official website.

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