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The thrash of Motörhead. The mechanized anxiety of Suicide. The poignancy of Leonard Cohen. The arrogance of Bowie. The Sisters Of Mercy combined it all to create an unforgettable noise.


From 1980 to 1985 lead singer and master strategist Andrew Eldritch maneuvered The Sisters Of Mercy from the grimy pubs and student unions of Northern England to London’s storied Royal Albert Hall. Then the whole thing fell apart.


Based on original research and a thorough reading of hundreds of interviews, articles and reviews, Waiting For Another War  is a chronicle of The Sisters Of Mercy’s brilliant years from ‘The Damage Done’ to First And Last And Always.

Click here to read an excerpt from the Introduction.

Paperback finely printed on heavy 70 lb. paper with a matte laminated card stock cover.


270 pages.

50 illustrations, about half in color.

5.5 x 8.5 inches.

ISBN 9781734 479300.

$35.00 + shipping.

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Cover photo © 1985 Ulf Berglund

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(highest rating)
"A ticking-time-bomb roller-coaster ride with more highs and lows than a month-long speed binge."
Paul Grace, Louder Than War

(highest rating)
"Excellent all-around."
Joel McIver, Record Collector Magazine

"Written with a refreshing sophistication largely absent from most books of its ilk."
Alex Smith, Flaming Pablum

"Fans will be delighted... riveting and highly recommended."
Nikolas Vitus Lagartija, I Was A Teenage Sisters Of Mercy Fan


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Trevor Ristow is a film and television producer and editor, an illustrator, painter, dog lover, collector, and father. He studied German history at Columbia University. He's passionate about two things: 19th century militaria and The Sisters Of Mercy.

He lives in Portsmouth, NH with his wife, Caroline, and sons, Beowulf and Winston.


© 2021 GKW Press, Inc.

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