Frank Turner – No Man’s Land: CD Album, Cassette Tape, Vinyl LP Or Indies Only White Vinyl LP

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Frank Turner
No Man’s Land
(Polydor Records)

CD Album – £12.99
Cassette Tape – £12.99
Vinyl LP – £21.99
Indies Only White Vinyl LP – £21.99 

The woman who invented rock’n’roll. A serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her
victims from lonely hearts pages. The jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French.
A rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft. The
Wild West vaudeville star shot by a small town outlaw. These are just a few of the
fascinating characters to feature on No Man’s Land, Frank Turner’s most original project to
date.

“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from
each other – history and songwriting,” explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-
forgotten historical sites on self-guided psychogeographical strolls when he’s not packing out
arenas or headlining festivals.

With 2018 Producer of the Year Catherine Marks at the helm, No Man’s Land is dedicated to
the women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender.
“These stories should have been told already,” says Turner of the album and its
accompanying podcast series. “And I suspect if they were men they would be better known.”
Certainly there are a couple of names here that will already be familiar, such as the
unparalleled Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Sister Rosetta) and the mysterious Mati Hari (Eye of the
Day), but by and large the women who feature have long been ignored by the mainstream.
Less a concept album and more in the same thematic vein as Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads –
especially on the creepy tale of murderer Nannie Doss (The Perfect Wife) – Turner started
work on No Man’s Land upon learning about the formidable Jinny Bingham (The Ghost of
Jinny Bingham) on a sign outside The World’s End pub, then Dodge City singing sensation
Dora Hand (The Death of Dora Hand) and bebop patron Nica Rothschild (Nica).

Crowdsourcing suggestions for more names to pay tribute to, he was quickly inundated. “I
know a lot of very smart people who sent me these huge lists of historically interesting
women,” he says of the hundreds he ended up researching, seriously expanding the size of
his home library in the process. Experimenting with a different way of writing, the overflowing
tap that was Turner’s unfiltered id was switched off and instead he took on the role of
student. “It felt a bit like going back to school – but it was so much fun.”

TRACKLISTING:

1. Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
4. Nica
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye of the Day
8. The Death of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane

 

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Weight 550 g
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CD Album £12.99, Vinyl LP £21.99, Cassette Tape £12.99, Indies Only White LP £21.99,