Pedigree Mongrel is an album by Jonathan Meades composed of specially-recorded readings from his books Pompey, Museum Without Walls and An Encyclopaedia of Myself. Combined with the distinctive soundscapes of Mordant Music, it is both a unique retrospective of Meades’ fictional and essayistic writings, and a new and significant standalone work.
The album brings together the varied preoccupations of Meades’ work – his interest in history and biography, architecture and topography, the brutal and the grotesque. It is a highly imaginative, darkly comic journey through the landscapes of three very different narratives, moving fluidly between fact and fiction, as Meades alternates between his roles as presenter and performer. Readings from the texts are interspersed with conversational anecdotes, jokes and recollections, capturing Meades’ characterful persona both within and beyond the texts.
Pedigree Mongrel was smeared and spored by Mordant Music, who previously collaborated with Test Centre on Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness. For a limited period, we are selling Museum of Loneliness at a discounted price of £10. Order your copy here.
The album is released in an edition of 500 copies, 15 of which include signed and numbered facsimile booklets of extracts from Jonathan Meades’ notebooks, with additional holograph material (these are now sold out).
£14.99 | £50 + p&p. 500 copies (15 special edition copies).
Each copy comes with a digital download code.