Triptych: Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible

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Manic Street Preachers were and remain one of the most interesting, significant, and best-loved bands of the past thirty years. Their third album The Holy Bible (1994) is generally acknowledged to be their most enduring and fascinating work, and one of the most compelling and challenging records of the nineties. 


Triptych reconsiders The Holy Bible from three separate, intersecting angles, combining the personal with the political, history with memory, and popular accessibility with intellectual attention to the album’s depth and complexity. Rhian E. Jones considers The Holy Bible in terms of its political context, setting it within the de-industrialised Welsh landscape of the 1990s; Daniel Lukes looks at the album’s literary and artistic sources; and Larissa Wodtke analyses the way the album’s links with philosophical ideas of memory and the archive.

Rhian E Jones

Rhian E. Jones is former editor of New Left Project and author of Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars on Class and Gender, Petticoat Heroes and Triptych. She writes for various publications including the Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books and the Morning Star.

"This book rightly asks a lot of the audience and in exchange delivers a lot back to them – just like The Holy Bible."

Guy Mankowski, 3am Magazine

"Captures the band’s intellectual appeal."

Dan Hancox, Guardian