For over 40 years, Omnibus has been the World’s Most Rock 'n' Roll Publisher, resulting in an enviable catalogue of classic titles in our backlist: Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon by Tony Fletcher, Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance by Johnny Rogan, Uptight: The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Bockris, Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by the Man Who Knew Him Best by Peter Freestone, and Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush and George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door, both by Graeme Thomson.
With approximately 30 new titles a year, and a backlist of over 300 titles in print, Omnibus Press is the market leader in the field. We continue to publish genre defining books covering any style you care to name... But, for us, quality is equally as important as quantity to us. We are incredibly proud to have won the 2020 Penderyn Music Book Prize, to have been named 'Book of the Year' in both Mojo and Uncut and to have been featured in many other best of the year lists, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Scottish Herald, Q, Rough Trade, Vive Le Rock, Classic Rock, No Depression, Long Live Vinyl, Vinyl Factory and Monorail.
More recently we have been working with some amazing artists: Dave Ball, Michael Bradley, Rick Buckler, Bobby Elliott, Wolfgang Flür, Robert Forster, Vivien Goldman, Kristin Hersh, Brian and Eddie Holland, Steve Howe, Ian Hunter, Wayne Hussey, Matt Johnson, Jordan, Don Letts, John Mayall, Don Powell, Sheila Rock, Ranking Roger, Jake Shears, John Shuttleworth, Damo Suzuki, Sylvain Sylvain, Thunder, Loudon Wainwright III and Jimmy Webb... the list goes on. These musicians have helped us produce books we’re incredibly proud to have published and they’ve also given us some memorable nights out! There was Jordan’s gig at the 100 Club, Brian and Eddie Holland at the British Library, a live performance from Jimmy Webb in the Omnibus office and an intimate Thunder gig in Manchester to pick just a handful.
We’d also like to make a big tip of the hat to a couple of our key partners. We’ve recently teamed up with Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz of Ecstatic Peace Library to co-publish all their titles, resulting in books covering subjects as diverse as Mayhem, Adrien Henri and Luc Ferrari. Books that only Thurston and Eva could have brought to fruition. And we’re equally proud to be the main sponsors of the wonderful Louder Than Words literary festival, held in Manchester each November and undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year. Jill Adam, John Robb and their team host a weekend which truly celebrates the amazing diversity in music book publishing.
Right, that’s enough from us. We have some really exciting new titles lined up for the next couple of years which need to be edited, designed and sent to press for your enjoyment. Hope to see you at our next big Omnibus night out!
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