August 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Falling and Crying

I just finished reading Falling and Laughing and I thought it was just the most beautiful, moving book I've read in a long time. Extremely moving with ever being mawkish and an extremely powerful evocation of the power and momentum that love and determination can create.

Congratulations, Grace, on a wonderful, heart-breaking but ultimately redemptive piece of work.

So many connections - I was a teenager in Glagsgow at the time of Postcard Records and always been… Continue

Added by Greg Eden on August 26, 2009 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

Vocational Rehabilitation

It occured to me that people might find this link useful:

The services described apply to Scotland. At the moment, there are VR teams in Dundee, Lothian and the Borders. The plan is to roll the service out across the whole of Scotland eventually.

If you'd like even more info, the HWL adviceline number is 0800 019 2211.

Added by Vivienne Wilson on August 25, 2009 at 18:01 — No Comments


Hi Edwyn

We are a group of people who are aphasic and know nothing about blogging ..

One of our members suggested to contact you as you may be interested to participate in a seminar / performance organised by and for people with aphasia.

if you have the time log on to and get in touch if interested,

on the home page is a link to our conference in 1997, and on the news page is a link to the 'visual and performaing arts' event we are… Continue

Added by wilfried dautlich on August 25, 2009 at 17:23 — No Comments

Reading & Playing in Word Power Books Edinburgh

Dear Grace, Edwyn and Band,

It was lovely having you here in Edinburgh today. I am so glad I went to join the event, listen to your story, music and get the book signatured.

I am going to translate the book privately into German and weekly send a chapter to my mother who lives in Germany and suffered a stroke eleven years ago. She's been about your age when it happened and has been similarly affected and since then steadily recovered... I know reading your story will be most… Continue

Added by Annedore Wilmes on August 22, 2009 at 17:24 — 1 Comment


great show last night Edwyn and what a beautiful atmosphere. you are a legend.

Added by craig wilkie on August 21, 2009 at 9:21 — No Comments

The Eternal Inspiration

Hi Edwyn... I've just signed up today so thought I'd drop you a quick note... For many many moons now, you've been a great source of inspiration, happiness, and excitement, not only to myself, but first and foremost to my mother and stepfather, Pauline and Robin... We've listened to your music collectively as a family and had many a great time listening to 'Gorgeous George' (amongst others) whilst driving over the sprawling hills into deepest most gorgeous Donegal on our annual family trips...… Continue

Added by Sarah K on August 21, 2009 at 8:06 — 1 Comment

Creative spirits

I was moved to make contact after seeing and hearing the film on the radio 4 website. I love Orange Juice, Postcard records....your voice - all seems like yesterday, and hearing the snippet of footage brings memories flooding back. Then we grow older and shit life turbulence follows. Your progression is inspirational; how persistant the creative spirit can be when the body can't cooperate.

Added by Philippa Münstermann Edwards on August 20, 2009 at 19:41 — 2 Comments


Heard the interview this morning and watched it on the web tonight; the improvement, even since Celtic Connections in January, is really startling! Have a great birthday at the week-end!

Gerry & Kathleen Maguire

Added by Gerry Maguire on August 20, 2009 at 19:14 — No Comments


Having first seen OJ supporting The Undertones on 8th Dec, 1978 at Tiffany's, and having subsequently see Edwyn at the Pavilion and The Garage then, more recently, the emotional homecomings at Oran Mor and ABC, I thoroughly enjoyed "Falling and Laughing", which I read on holiday.....well done, Grace and Edwyn!

Gerry and Kathleen Maguire

Added by Gerry Maguire on August 18, 2009 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

What Is That On Your Head??

Had this La Belle poster for years but still can't figure out what this is over your head. Does anyone have any ideas??

Added by Robert D on August 17, 2009 at 14:30 — No Comments

Could you change the lyrics.....PLEASE!!!

Hey there Edwyn,

I have only really got into your music over the past few years...and rate Doctor Syntax as the best $ 2 I have ever spent on an album. (ok so , this was only maybe 80 pence...and it was in the bargin bin at a local store...but still I LOVE IT!)

But was annoyed with myself for actually finding out the correct lyrics to your big hit.."girl like you".

For soooo long i thought you were singing..

Too many buddhist singers

Not enough… Continue

Added by Mark Catley on August 15, 2009 at 4:30 — 1 Comment

The New Book and other stuff

Hi...Hope you are well, I have just read Graces Book and it is an incredible read, both emotional and very powerful. Also went to see your Art Exibition at the CCA in Glasgow in May and was very impressed. I was at the Celtic Connections Gig at the ABC and it was great to see you back at your very best. I still remember the QM gig in 1986 and Renfew Ferry Gig in 1991 when you got your Mum up on stage and sang Rip it up for a very close family friend.

Good luck for the future Edwyn and… Continue

Added by gorgeous george on August 5, 2009 at 20:41 — 3 Comments

Contact details

I am looking for an email contact address or telephone number to contact Edwyn Collins regarding personal appearances. All help will be gratefully appreciated.

Peter Mercer

Added by Peter Mercer on August 4, 2009 at 11:32 — No Comments

The best £3 you could spend!

Hi Edwyn and Grace,

I am just back from Piccadilly Waterstone's. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into the book after the earlier reading and it was wonderful to hear you sing a mix of old and new songs! What a treat!

They say you shouldn't meet your hero's, but i dunno...!!

Wishing you lots of success with the book & looking forward to that Bloomsbury gig!


PS Very nearly walked out of Waterstone's forgetting to pay for… Continue

Added by Brian McHugh on August 3, 2009 at 23:11 — No Comments

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Art Work and Bum Fuzz

Posted by scott owen on May 5, 2017 at 17:15 0 Comments

My Bum Fuzz unit just arrived in California along with some plectrums with Edwin art. It took me along time to order this unit, but the twenty five year gestation period for it to be built surely eclipses my lack of urgency. Best regards all...

Thank you for the music

Posted by Carran Waterfield on August 2, 2016 at 13:56 0 Comments

A while back I asked Edwyn if he would let me use his music on a little film I made.  Here is the result: Mill Mechanics

Thanks for that.

Shareefa Energy Reasoning With Self - Review

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Shareefa Energy – ‘Reasoning With Self’ - Review

A few months ago the BBC offered a profile of new emerging female poets, ‘Women Who Spit’. Watching the short films by Jemima Foxtrot, Cecilia Knapp and Deanna Rodger, I noted with great relief that the art of poetry is alive and well. I have always been fascinated by the medium. The ability to express intricate thoughts and feelings in a few lines of words. It is the most empowering process. And empowerment through self-expression… Continue


Posted by steven brady on April 25, 2015 at 17:57 0 Comments

Dear Edwyn,

Can I just thank you for your contribution to my life. From that very first shiver I got listening to Felicity on the John Peel Show to the smile I still express today when you burst into laughter half way through Consolation Prize, it's important I let you know how much your music means to me before one of us croaks it.

I was hooked instantly and bought all the singles and albums, the ten inches, 12 inches and even ripped the flexi discs off Smash Hits and Melody…




Orange Juice tapes and bootlegs

Started by Phil Hubbard in Orange Juice / Postcard. Last reply by Phil Hubbard May 13. 7 Replies

Hi allGiven it's forty-odd years since OJ were out there gigging, unsurprising most of the bootleg tapes people once had have ended up in bin or lost for good. These are the recordings I have, varied…Continue

Unknown instrumental Orange Juice song (live, 1980)

Started by Phil Hubbard in Orange Juice / Postcard. Last reply by Marie May 7. 3 Replies

This is an instrumental, with some felicity type Wooo Wooo ing - sounds like it might be Steven on vocals before Edwyn takes over? Ends with some quite slashy guitar work. Recorded 1 Nov 1980…Continue


Started by Alan in General Discussion. Last reply by Franklin McNabb Apr 24. 7 Replies

Just seen on amazon "some British birds" book selling for over £100.00 how ridiculous! Not because the book isn't good but because people are such greedy B******s.

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Started by craig wood in General Discussion. Last reply by Marie Apr 22. 7 Replies

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