Word of this came over the transom just days after our last posting on Midge Ure’s new single and US tour. Not wanting to double dip so heedlessly, I waited until we were closer to publication day to mention the new book he was also getting ready to publish. This is a project that had its roots about seven years earlier when he attempted to strike up interest in a photographic book of his many archival images the peripatetic Scotsman had committed to film in his Ultravox heyday while traveling the world and working ceaselessly with others as both a producer and video director.
The notion was tabled back then, but today is another story as the book is due to be published by a renewed Chrysalis Records; the label who brought us Ultravox Mk II, if the logo on the spine is any indication. Midge Ure always had a Canon A-1 SLR at the ready and had visually documented both his tours with Ultravox around the world as well as his work with other artists like Bananarama, Phil Lynott, Visage both behind the mixing board as well as the 16mm camera as a video director with his partner from Ultravox, Chris Cross.
The hardcover book will feature 240 pages of images culled from the 1980-1985 period where Ure was a fixture in the charts. The landscape-oriented book is 11.75″ x 8.75″ with both monochrome and color images. Ure is selling merch bundles with signed postcards and T-shirt options on his webstore, but this book, which is published on November 18th, 2021, will be available widely with numerous retailers carrying it, since it’s not one of those elitist publications with a commensurate price tag that taunt me and my wallet. Ure’s own webstore is moving the book for $55; a fair price for an art book.
Especially considering that all of the images were scanned and retouched from the artist’s negatives. Mr. Ure’s webstore is not selling signed copies, unusually, but his store did also offer an option for a signed folio of postcards featuring all four members of Ultravox for $17, or $9 more if you are buying the book.
But there is an option for a signed copy of the book out there if we dig diligently enough! The Flood Gallery is offering signed copies on pre-order for £40/$53.70. Keeping in mind that international shipping on a hefty tome figures into each of these options. If that’s a budget buster, chances are a local bookseller wherever you live is carrying the book so look both ways before clicking either button.