Passing Places is a new printed journal created by Roddy and writer Tom Johnson, from the award-winning Gold Flake Paint magazine.
Volume One is dedicated to the Idlewild album The Remote Part. Across 80 pages this bespoke, unique journal delves deep into legacy of The Remote Part, featuring Roddy’s diaries and photographs from the album writing and recording in 2001, and new interviews by Tom with both Rod and Colin. The journal also features personal essays by both Roddy and Tom about the album, and the band’s journey to the Highlands to play the album in full at Ullapool Village Hall in 2022.
Featuring beautiful photography and design, this very special journal is a must-have for fans of the band, The Remote Part, and the recent Idlewild book ‘In the Beginning There Were Answers’.
Of Passing Places, Roddy says:
“Initially, we had an idea of putting something together to commemorate The Remote Part tour dates - a programme or a journal, something fans of the band would love to read and have. It would be made in a similar style to Tom’s beautifully designed journal Gold Flake Paint, somewhere between a magazine, a journal, a novella and a photo book. Something different and personal.
The journal acts almost like a souvenir programme for the 20th Anniversary Remote Part shows, particularly for those who travelled up to Ullapool in September, as primarily that is where the journal is set.
This idea appealed to me enormously, so Tom accompanied the band up to the Highlands for our The Remote Part show in Ullapool, close to where the album was written. As we got chatting on the journey, at the gig and the following day driving around the highlands, it became clear to both of us that this writing collaboration could be explored in many different ways, not necessarily just about one album.
This is a great writing project for me, working with an experienced writer like Tom, making something special for Idlewild fans all about an album that means a great deal to me, but also to Tom - a journey from two different perspectives.”
Passing Places is a limited edition publication, with a single print run. This unique publication is available to pre-order now - with any remaining copies to be sold at the band’s upcoming album anniversary shows.