Former Telstar Ponies member David Keenan is launching a new book – based around Airdrie’s post-punk scene.

‘This Is Memorial Device’ – which may (or may not) be based partly in fact – tells the tale of a 1980s band from Lanarkshire.

It’s the debut novel from the musician and journalist, who has previously been a member of 18 Wheeler (and despite playiong on the same bill as Oasis at King Tut’s, did nothing to stop them), as well as Taurpis Tula and Phantom Engineer, and owner of Glasgow record shop Volcanic Tongue.

Now concentrating on his work as a writer, he is known as a reviewer for The Wire among others, and has published several volumes of poetry. He also wrote ‘England’s Hidden Reverse’, a biography of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound,

Keenan is doing various book events around Scotland with one at Linlithgow’s Canal Tearooms on Wednesdaty 10th May at 7pm, and then at Cumbernauld Town Hall on May 20th.

The book is available at

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