Monday 19 November 2012, 12:44 | By

Tim Burgess releasing ‘single’ by author Ian Rankin


Ian Rankin

Crime author Ian Rankin is releasing a single soon via solo Charlatan Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label. I say ‘single’, it’s really a spoken-word recording, and comprises a reading (by actor Craig Parkinson) of a short story entitled ‘A Little Bit Of Powder’.

Elaborating to the Quietus on its plot – which features a late musician’s ashes (at his behest) being “sprinkled into the sound hole” of an acoustic guitar – Rankin says: “I am a sucker for rock biographies and rock movies and decided to tell the story from the point of view of a hardened roadie. Thinking about the ashes, I then realised powder of a different kind might have been behind the breaking up of a band, and also that, by setting the story in winter, I could also add snow (ha!) to the mix. Three different types of powder… And after that all I had to do was write the bastard”.

Traces (ie copies) of ‘A Little Bit Of Powder’ will be available at its grand unveiling party at London’s The Lexington on 26 Nov.


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