literature & poetry

Tricky: Hell Is Round the Corner

Part of London Literature Festival

Join Tricky on a journey from the margins of Bristol’s ghettos to the champagne lifestyle of 1990s music industry excess.

In his first autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner, Tricky speaks candidly about his life story.

The underground cultures of the 1980s and 90s – squatting, festivals, Jamaican sound systems and the emerging UK hip-hop scene – first gave him the space and inspiration to express himself artistically.

Working with like-minded peers such as Bristol’s Wild Bunch – from which Massive Attack was formed – he pioneered his extraordinary sound.

Over the course of his career as a solo artist, he has released 13 studio albums, selling over two million copies worldwide. His debut album Maxinquaye (1995) was nominated for The Mercury Prize and sold over a million copies worldwide.

In this talk, he tells how his life has been overshadowed by loss, violence, personal struggles and financial ruin – and how he emerged from a crazy, drug-infested LA to reinvent himself in Paris and Berlin.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 14+

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Pre-signed, pre-publication copies of Tricky’s new book Hell Is Round The Corner are available for £15 when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

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