Deeper Digs in Rock: Faith No More with Adrian Harte


Adrian Harte was first a young Faith No More fan growing up in Ireland. Then in 2009 he moved to Switzerland and started the unofficial web presence (FNM does not have much of an official website) of the band online and was so inspired, plus trusted by fans and band alike, he wrote a book about their history.

'Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More' is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands of the late twentieth century. Written with the participation of the group’s key members, it tells how such a heterogeneous group formed, flourished, and fractured, and how Faith No More helped redefine rock, metal and alternative music. The book chronicles the creative and personal tensions that defined and fueled the band, forensically examines the band’s beginnings in San Francisco’s post-punk wasteland, and charts the factors behind the group’s ascent to MTV-era stardom.

Small Victories strips away the mythology and misinformation behind their misanthropic masterpiece Angel Dust, explores the rationale behind the frequent hiring and firing of band members, and traces the unraveling of the band in the mid-1990s. It also examines the band’s breakup and hiatus, explores their unwelcome legacy as nu-metal godfathers, and gives a behind-the-scenes view of their rebirth.

Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with current and former band members and other key figures, Small Victories combines a fan’s passion with a reporter’s perspicacity.

Adrian Harte is an experienced journalist and communications professional who works as a media intelligence manager for UEFA, the European football governing body. Since 2009 he has run, through which he has become known and trusted by the band, their management, and their fans. He lives in Aubonne, Switzerland.

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