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Remembering Stuart on his 60th Birthday

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Into The Valley

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Publication date: 1st June 2018.

From school punk to modern day film producer Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child that left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere 15 year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson.


He was allowed to go on tour on the condition that he received some education on the road. With hit singles including the immortal 'Into The Valley', after four albums The Skids folded and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson moved on to form his new band Big Country.


They remained friends and their relationship is explored in detail throughout. In the 1980s Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter and as film reviewer for Sky Television.


In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University. Today he is a successful filmmaker and this part of his life story is also covered.


With a life that has gone full circle in 2017 he reactivated The Skids. A successful UK tour prompted demand for more shows in 2018 as well as the band's first new album for over three decades, making this the perfect time to write his memoirs.


Into The Valley is a riveting read of how one man overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film and will appeal particularly to fans of Punk Rock, The Skids and Big Country.


Format: Hardback


Size: 234 x 153mm


Pages: 224 (16 page photo section)


£19.99


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Get Ready Belfast and Dublin

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Skids Main Stage August 18th 2018

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BBC Radio2 Sound of the 70's

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Tune in to BBC Radio 2 today at 3.00pm today. Richard Jobson is live in the studio for Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70's


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It's no charade: Dunfermline to pay tribute to The Skids

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)




The music of seminal punk band The Skids will echo down the years in the musicians’ Dunfermline home town this year.


Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries will showcase an exhibition celebrating the work and music of Richard Jobson and the Into the Valley stars from April 28 to August 26.


From 1977, the year that the influential group formed in Dunfermline, right up to the release of their first album in 35 years, the exhibition will include some unusual pieces of memorabilia, artwork and photographs.


The cultural hub holds a significant place for the band.


In the building’s former guise, a teenage Jobson would seek warmth to pen lyrics to some of The Skids’ earliest hits under the roof of the world’s first Carnegie Library.


Some of these original lyric sheets will be on display in the exhibition.


Jobson said: “I’m very proud of our roots here and want to be part of Dunfermline’s renaissance as the coolest town in Scotland – it’s really important that we all contribute to making the town a success and that it is seen by the rest of the country as a creative hub, a place where people make things happen.”


Jobson’s artwork Scared to Dance will also be displayed, along with footage from their gigs.


Jobson has spoken of The Skids being slightly different, as punk was an urban entity and the band came from the mining villages of Fife.


The Skids played their first gig on August 19 1977 at the Belleville Hotel in Pilmuir Street. Within six months they had released the Charles EP on the No Bad record label.


Guitarist and co-writer Stuart Adamson left the band after the recording of their third album The Absolute Game.


He went on to scale new heights as Big Country’s frontman, while The Skids continued on for one more LP release before calling it a day at their peak in 1982.


A series of talks and celebratory events will also be held, with music venue PJ Molloys promoting a Skids convention with social events, acoustic sessions and film screenings around the town.


The convention takes place at the end of Festival of Museums week on May 19 and 20.


Richard Jobson and The Skids Exhibition Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

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From Saturday 28th April until Sunday 26th August 2018, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will showcase an exhibition celebrating the work and music of Richard Jobson and The Skids.


From 1977, the year that the influential group formed in Dunfermline, right up to today with the release of their first album in 35 years, the exhibition will include some incredible and unusual pieces of memorabilia, artwork and photographs from fan and band collections.


Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries holds a significant place for the band. In the building’s former guise, a then teenaged Jobson would seek heat and respite to pen lyrics to some of The Skids’ earliest hits under the roof of the world’s first Carnegie Library. Some of these original lyric sheets will be on display in the upcoming exhibition.


Commenting on the band’s homecoming, exhibition Jobson said: “I’m very proud of our roots here and want to be part of Dunfermline's renaissance as the coolest town in Scotland – it’s really important that we all contribute to making the town a success and that it is seen by the rest of the country as a creative hub, a place where people make things happen.”


Jobson’s artwork ‘Scared to Dance’ – named for the first Skids album – will also be displayed, along with footage from their gigs over the years. From posters and photographs to lyrics and rare vinyl records, the show promises to be a treasure trove for fans old and new.


Speaking to The Scotsman recently, Jobson reflected on the band’s outsider origins: “Punk was essentially an urban thing, so the landscape of rural Fife, the mining villages that we were all born out of made us slightly different.


“My mother sang sentimental folk songs from her Irish heritage and that was ingrained in me and also in Stuart. My father was a coal miner so I knew lots of those types of songs. Mixed with the edge of punk, it created something quite unique. Our sensibility and how we saw the world and each other was different from the urban sound.”


Such is the timeless, worldly quality of The Skids agitpop anthems that their formative idol, Iggy Pop, recently mistook them for a brand new Californian punk band on his BBC 6 Radio show (before issuing an indignant apology on air, in classic Iggy fashion).


The Skids played their first gig on 19th August 1977 at the Bellville Hotel in Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline. Within six months they had released the Charles EP on the No Bad record label.


Guitarist and co-writer Stuart Adamson left the band after the recording of their third (and most commercially successful) album The Absolute Game in 1980. He went on to scale new heights as Big Country’s frontman, while The Skids continued on for one more LP release before calling it a day at their peak in 1982. Its constituent members moved on to new chapters of their career, with Jobson later breaking into the worlds of film and literature.


The exhibition also looks at the career of Jobson – musician, poet, film maker, author and broadcaster, and visitors will be able to see some of his work in these mediums.


A series of talks and celebratory events will also be held in celebration of the band’s history. Local music venue PJ Molloy’s are promoting a Skids convention which invites fans to participate in Q&A sessions taking place at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and social events, acoustic sessions and film screenings around the town. The convention takes place at the end of Festival of Museums week on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th May.


For further information please visit our website www.onfife.com/dclg. Find out the latest news about The Skids at www.the-skids.com

Skids Convention 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)


We are delighted to welcome you all to our hometown for a special weekend of one off events you do not want to miss.


Over the weekend you will get a chance to:


* Watch and hear Burning Cities played Live in it's entirety for the one and only time


* Walk through the Skids Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Museum with the band


* Watch the premiere of Documentary as we embarked on our 40th Anniversary tour around the UK


* Listen to extracts from Richard's new autobigraphy 'Into The Valley' and Q&A


* Live acoustic session with the back catalogue and band talking about the song structure and how they were born


* Meet up for a Gin with the band in The Old Town Barber Club


There will be many more opportunities over the weekend to meet up and chat with the band in a relaxed environment as well as special one off memorabilia commissioned for the Convention.


Tickets are available now: https://www.ticketweb.uk/…/the-skids-convention-201…/8114485


Just Announced

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Skids & Big Country


Summerhall Courtyard - Edinburgh


Tuesday 19th June 2018


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