Brix Smith Start: ‘Mark E Smith? He’s complicated’


Ex-Fall guitarist Brix Smith Start endured wild and colourful marriages with both Mark E Smith and Nigel Kennedy. Now she’s written her memoir…

In May 1983, Brix Smith, then aged 20, arrived in Manchester. A Californian by birth and disposition, her first impressions of the city were not favourable. The buildings, she writes in her entertainingly bonkers memoir, The Rise, the Fall and the Rise, “looked like mean structures where horrible atrocities had been committed”. The sky was “toxic”, the people were “joyless”, their clothes “drab”.

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