Last updated

Author Alan Moore
Mitch Jenkins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Lex Records
Publication date
August 2010
Media type Audiobook

Unearthing is an essay written by Alan Moore and originally published in Iain Sinclair's London: City of Disappearances in 2006. It has subsequently been developed into a photographic book in collaboration with Mitch Jenkins and a spoken word piece in collaboration with Crook&Flail. The spoken word version is 2:01:07 in length and was released by Lex Records.

Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books

Alan Moore is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, and From Hell. Regarded by some as the best graphic novel writer in the English language, he is widely recognized among his peers and critics. He has occasionally used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, and Translucia Baboon; also, reprints of some of his work have been credited to The Original Writer when Moore requested that his name be removed.

Iain Sinclair British writer

Iain Sinclair FRSL is a Welsh writer and filmmaker. Much of his work is rooted in London, most recently within the influences of psychogeography.

Lex Records is an independent record label based in Camden, London.


Unearthing follows the life of Alan Moore's friend and colleague Steve Moore. [1] [2] In an interview with The Quietus in 2010, Alan Moore described the work:

Steve Moore was a British comics writer.

The Quietus is a British online music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics, some of whom have worked for other media outlets.

...more of a human excavation than the excavation of a place, but because Steve Moore has lived his entire life in one house on top of Shooter's Hill and he currently sleeps no more than four paces from the spot where he was born, it does become a work of psychogeography as well. [3]

Book with Mitch Jenkins

In November 2007, photographer Mitch Jenkins began work on photographic illustration of Unearthing. [4] The illustrated work was released through comic book publisher Top Shelf Productions in 2012, in a softcover edition as well as a deluxe, oversized, limited edition hardcover. [5]

Top Shelf Productions

Top Shelf Productions is an American publishing company founded in 1997, originally owned and operated by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock and a small staff. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf is based in Marietta, Georgia.

A small number of Mitch Jenkins' images from the Unearthing book are used in the packaging for the Unearthing audio release.

Audiobook with Crook&Flail

In September 2008, work began on an spoken word version of Unearthing narrated by Alan Moore.

Mitch Jenkins was central in the development of Unearthing as an spoken word piece, first recording Alan Moore's narration and then working with Lex Records to develop the score for the project. [6] [7]

Crook&Flail, a production duo consisting of Andrew Broder of Fog and Adam Drucker aka Doseone, wrote the score. [8] They worked with several other musicians on the score, including Mike Patton, Stuart Braithwaite, Zach Hill, Justin Broadrick, George Cartwright, Matt Darling and Paul Metzger. [9] In an interview with Pitchfork Media in August 2009, Adam Drucker described the process of collaborating with Alan Moore, Mitch Jenkins and Andrew Broder:

Fog is an American indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1999. The band is fronted by Andrew Broder, and for a time included Mark Erickson and Tim Glenn. After ending the project in 2008, Broder announced its return as a solo project in 2014.

Doseone American rapper, producer, poet and artist

Adam Drucker, better known by his stage name Doseone, is an American rapper, producer, poet and artist. He is a co-founder of the indie hip hop record label Anticon. He has also been a member of numerous groups including Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, Themselves, Subtle, 13 & God, Go Dark, Nevermen, and A7pha.

Mike Patton American singer

Michael Allan Patton is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer, best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band Faith No More. Patton is also the founder and lead singer of Mr. Bungle, and has played with Tomahawk, Fantômas, Dead Cross, Lovage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Peeping Tom.

We get to score Unearthing, so it's now become this big, organic sort of collaboration between the four of us. We basically did two hours of reading when we first got it, and it's extremely dense. I remember the first time I read it... I didn't know what to do with myself. But as we listened to it, it's full of recurring themes, and all this recurring writing breaks and reconstructs its phrasings over and over again throughout. So we kinda found those motifs, brought them all in and out, and then made holes in it, where we made things recur and then patched the holes... [10]

In April 2010, it was announced that Unearthing would be available as a box set release from Lex Records. [5]

A box set or boxed set is a set of items packaged in a box, for sale as a single unit.

Live performances with Crook&Flail

Alan Moore has performed two live readings of Unearthing accompanied by Crook&Flail. The sold out performances took place at The Old Vic Tunnels under London Waterloo station on 29 and 30 July 2010. The live reading and performance of the score took place in front of a backdrop of Mitch Jenkins' images. [11] [12]


Related Research Articles

<i>Watchmen</i> 1986 comic book

Watchmen is a science fiction American comic book limited series by the British creative team of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. It was published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, and collected in a single volume edition in 1987. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. As Moore's proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced Moore to create original characters instead.

Penny Rimbaud writer, poet, philosopher, painter, musician and activist

Jeremy John Ratter, better known as Penny "Lapsang" Rimbaud, is a writer, poet, philosopher, painter, musician and activist. He was a member of the performance art groups EXIT and Ceres Confusion, and in 1972 was co-founder of the Stonehenge Free Festival, together with Phil Russell aka Wally Hope. In 1977, alongside Steve Ignorant, he co-founded and played drums in the seminal anarchist punk band Crass, who disbanded in 1984. Up until 2000 he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, returning to the public platform in 2001 as a performance poet working alongside Australian saxophonist Louise Elliott and a wide variety of jazz musicians under the umbrella of Penny Rimbaud's Last Amendment.

Peaches (musician) Canadian singer

Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist.

<i>On the Hour</i> British radio programme

On the Hour was a British radio programme that parodied current affairs broadcasting, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1991 and 1992.

Anticon record label

Anticon is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1998 by seven musicians and manager Baillie Parker. It is now collectively owned among six musicians, co-founder Parker, and manager Shaun Koplow. The original musicians signed to Anticon were once referred to as the Anticon collective.

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

<i>Crazy People</i> 1990 film by Tony Bill

Crazy People is a 1990 American comedy film starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah, and directed by Tony Bill.

Subtle was an alternative hip hop sextet from Oakland, California. It consisted of Adam Drucker (Doseone), Jeffrey Logan (Jel), Dax Pierson, Jordan Dalrymple, Alexander Kort, and Marty Dowers. The band was formed in 2001. While considered by the artists to be "genreless", Subtle had close ties to the hip hop and indie music scene.

13 & God is a collaboration between American indie hip hop duo Themselves and German indie rock band The Notwist. The group is signed both to Anticon and Alien Transistor.

Yoni Wolf American musician

Jonathan Avram "Yoni" Wolf is an American alternative hip hop and indie rock musician and co-founder of the record label Anticon.


Neonomicon is a four-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Jacen Burrows, published by American company Avatar Press in 2010. The story is a sequel to Moore's previous story Alan Moore's The Courtyard and part of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Moore later continued the sequence with his comic Providence.

The Old Vic Tunnels

The Old Vic Tunnels was an underground arts venue and performance space beneath London Waterloo railway station. The space consisted of almost 30,000 square feet of unused railway tunnels. It officially opened its doors for the first time in 2009 and closed in March 2013.

<i>Famous in Love</i> TV Series

Famous in Love is an American drama television series that premiered on Freeform on April 18, 2017, and is based on the novel of the same name by Rebecca Serle. The series stars Bella Thorne, Charlie DePew, Georgie Flores, Carter Jenkins, Niki Koss, Keith Powers, Pepi Sonuga, and Perrey Reeves. On June 29, 2018, Freeform announced that it had cancelled the series after two seasons.

<i>Providence</i> (Avatar Press)

Providence is a twelve-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Jacen Burrows, published by American company Avatar Press from 2015 to 2017. The story is both a prequel and sequel to Moore's previous stories Neonomicon and The Courtyard, and is part of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

<i>Yellowstone</i> (U.S. TV series) American TV series

Yellowstone is an American drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on June 20, 2018 on Paramount Network. It stars Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham. The series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, an Indian reservation, land developers and Yellowstone National Park. On July 24, 2018, it was announced that Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season to air on June 19, 2019.

<i>Lex</i> (album) 2017 EP / soundtrack album by Visible Cloaks

Lex is a mini-album and partial soundtrack by Portland, Oregon duo Visible Cloaks, consisting of Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile. Continuing the experimental electronic music stylings and East and West relationship ideas of their previous work Reassemblage (2017), the album takes place in a future utopian world with aliens talking in a hybrid of several languages to the point of speaking a "non-language." The speech sounds on the album were made by Doran feeding dialects and accents to the language translation program Infovox Voice Manager.


  1. Doran, John (7 July 2010). "Interview: Alan Moore". The Stool Pigeon .
  2. Rose, Steve (24 July 2010). "Unearthing the truth about Watchmen genius Alan Moore". The Guardian.
  3. Doran, John (13 July 2010). "Hipster Priest: A Quietus Interview With Alan Moore". The Quietus.
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20100921203502/http://comicsvillage.com/column.aspx?ArticleID=123. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. 1 2 ""Alan Moore Creates Supergroup – With Godflesh, Faith No More, Hella, Mogwai, DoseOne and Fog"". Bleeding Cool. 27 April 2010.
  6. Thill, Scott (9 August 2010). "Alan Moore Gets Psychogeographical With Unearthing". Wired.
  7. Itzkoff, Dave (26 July 2010). "Alan Moore Digs Up 'Unearthing' and Lays His Comics Career to Rest". The New York Times.
  8. Havlin, Laura (21 February 2011). "Unearthing: Crook&Flail". Dazed Digital.
  9. Jones, Angharad (13 July 2010). "Unearthed at the Old Vic". Esquire.
  10. Breihanon, Tom (7 August 2009). "Doseone Talks Collabs With Tunde and Mike Patton, Alan Moore, More". Pitchfork Media.
  11. Muggs, Joe (30 July 2010). "Alan Moore's Unearthing, Old Vic Tunnels". The Arts Desk.
  12. Malt, Andy (6 August 2010). "UNLIMITED". CMU Weekly.
  13. Martins, Chris (10 August 2010). "Alan Moore: Unearthing". The A.V. Club.
  14. Eisner, Juliette (11 August 2010). "Unearthing – Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins". URB.