A gonzo biography of one of the most controversial cult bands of the moment - championed and reviled in equal measure
WHITEST BOYS ON THE BEACH is a beautifully sordid portrait of a band over a decade, spanning from their chaotic, early existence to the present day.
Drawing together materials from the band's archives, including photographs, posters, flyers, tour diary extracts and memoir contributions from lead singer Lias Saoudi, WHITEEST BOYS ON THE BEACH reflects key moments in the band's history, such as Thatcher's Death Party at the Queen's Head in Brixton (where they squatted, and ended up on the front page of national newspapers waving a "The Witch is Dead" banner) to the experiences of the Saoudi brothers growing up mixed race in Unionist Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and the tragic death of trailblazing guitarist Dale Barclay in 2018.
These compelling tales provide insights into bitterness, destruction and rage against mediocrity that has propelled them into being one of most significant bands of their generation. This is not a biography, or a quest for truth - but a provocative account of the murky waters that surround them.
Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize, an award for outstanding literature that best evokes the spirit of the North. A stage adaptation received widespread critical acclaim and was included in the Observer's Top Ten Shows of 2019.
Adelle is the author of three poetry chapbooks including 3:AM Magazine's Poetry Book of the Year, Dark Corners of the Land. She is a regular contributor to The Quietus, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman and Caught by the River.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.