Barry Adamson

Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars Magazine, The Bad Seeds, Into the Underworld and Beyond: Signed Book & 7" Box Set


Release date: 5 July, 2024

In Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars, the enigmatic Barry Adamson shines a probing light into his own heart of darkness.

Summary of Main Contents:

  • A personally SIGNED edition of Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars.
  • Limited to 500 boxsets.
  • A specially commissioned full sized film poster for Moss Side Story (sent separately in a tube to avoid folding).
  • A 7" single of two new and rare covers, ‘The Folk Singer’ and ‘The Sweeney (In Dub)’.
  • An art print of an original photo taken by Barry.
  • A bespoke bookmark.

Plus one box-set contains a Golden Ticket, entitling the lucky winner to the Squier bass given to Barry by producer Atticus Ross and used on the recording of As Above So Below.


'Both clear-eyed and poetic. Unconventional, often painfully revealing, sometimes very funny... One of the best music autobiographies ever written: essential reading for anyone who wants to know where the musician's life can take someone' David Quantick, Record Collector, 5*

'Funny, incredibly candid and ultimately heart-breaking and it's probably the finest autobiography you will read this year... An utterly compelling read. He achieves this by writing an autobiography that reads like a novel. A book that will make you laugh and cry. It's touching and shocking and it also has the ability to surprise you in parts. It's a story for everyone who cares about real life.' Louder Than War

'Widescreen memoir' Uncut, 8/10

'Adamson’s fascinating and painfully candid memoir shines a probing light into a troubled heart of darkness, while reflecting with eloquence and insight into a lifelong love of music.’ The Wire

'Deeply personal memoir from multi-talented bassist and composer. Compellingly honest and evocative memoir, all illuminated along the way by pin-sharp pop culture references. A nuanced and positive meditation on illness, love, race, identity, loss, football, substance abuse and the transformative power of great music' Mojo, 4*