"Novelist Scott Heim’s new e-book series “The First Time I Heard” follows a simple concept: ask musicians to expound on their first experiences with their own formative bands. And the results are impressive, with the likes of The Wedding Present’s David Gedge writing about Joy Division and New Order, Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay weighing in on David Bowie, and Lush’s Miki Berenyi contributing her thoughts on The Smiths."
Contributors to this edition on The Smiths include musicians such as Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Andrew Kenny (The American Analog Set), Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Simon Scott (Slowdive), Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Mark Wright (Hood), Matt Keppel (Microfilm), Ben Pleng (Yeti Lane, Cyann & Ben), Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape for a Blue Girl), Billie Lindahl (Promise and the Monster), Simon Dunford (The Bardots), Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Ormonde), Meredith Meyer, Steven Dora (Geneva), Ben Daniels (A Sunny Day In Glasgow), Jennifer Baron (The Ladybug Transistor, The Garment District), Finn Vine (White Rose Transmission, Genuflex), Gary Deveney (My Latest Novel), Patrick Boutwell (The Brother Kite), Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu, White Rainbow), Tim Arndt (Near the Parenthesis), Matt Baum (Desaparecidos, Bright Eyes), Christopher Moll (The Postmarks), Rebecca Coseboom (Halou, Stripmall Architecture); Sam Valenti (founder of record label Ghostly International); and writers like Caroline Leavitt, Vestal McIntyre, Jeffery Conway, Libby Cudmore, R. Zamora Linmark, Douglas Ferguson, Jason Schneiderman, Matthew Hittinger, Sheri Joseph, Douglas A. Martin, and Alistair McCartney.
The "First Time I Heard" book series is edited by Scott Heim, a novelist (Mysterious Skin, We Disappear) who is also a longtime music fan. Other installments in the series (or those forthcoming soon) include books on Joy Division / New Order, David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, R.E.M., Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine, Abba, Roxy Music, The Pixies, and others.
"Scott Heim published his novel Mysterious Skin in 1995; it was adapted for a film directed by Gregg Araki and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. While Heim has published two subsequent novels, his latest venture, "The First Time I Heard" series of books, offers--to borrow a phrase--something completely different. The series is a unique collections of impressions and anecdotes, driven by the intimacy and subjectivity of music, written by talented authors, artists and musicians in their own right."