Publication date: 26/10/2023
Record Store Exclusive Edition
- Signed bookplate by Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands
- Housed in a bespoke slipcase
- Alternate colourway
- Ribbon marker
- Kate Gibb risograph art print
- limited to 1500 copies
Paused in Cosmic Reflection is the definitive story of The Chemical Brothers. Told in the voices of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, with contributions from friends and collaborators, it is fully illustrated with 30 years of mind-bending visuals.
The Chemical Brothers are unquestionably one of the biggest electronic music acts in the world today. They emerged in the early 1990s in the afterglow of the Manchester acid house scene, an electronic music duo consisting of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. By 1995 they had made the leap from the underground, and their now legendarily influential residency at the Heavenly Social, into the mainstream as chief innovators of the;big beat; genre, with the million-selling success of their debut, Exit Planet Dust. Their second album, Dig Your Own Hole went stratospheric in 1997 and they have since collectively, had half a dozen number one albums, headlined Glastonbury and Coachella and won six Grammys. They have collaborated with a host of internationally famous artists from Noel Gallagher to Beck, Q-Tip Beth Orton and Wayne Coyle.
Paused in Cosmic Reflection is a kaleidoscopic history of the band and the intoxicating world they have created, in their own words, with contributions from intimate friends and collaborators (aforementioned artists included) to Steve Dub, Adam Smith (the architect of their hallucinogenic live shows alongside Marcus Lyall), Kate Gibb and many other voices. The book is fully illustrated with photography and design work from the Chemical archives designed by Paul Kelly.
Authors Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons said: ‘Robin has been part of our extended family since 1994. When he came to us with the idea of Paused in Cosmic Reflection - a book that would join the dots between us and many of the people we've worked with over the years as well as tell the stories of clubs we've played, gigs, videos and live visuals - it made total sense. Through his relationship with designer Paul Kelly and with publishers White Rabbit, we've collectively made a book that brings you right inside the world of the Chemical Brothers - our world - for the first time ever.’