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About HALO

Depeche Mode released their landmark album Violator in 1990.

This period in Depeche Mode’s history, in the words of band member Andy Fletcher, they “hit the highs of sounds and songs”.

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HALO looks at how Violator established Depeche as one of the UK’s biggest and most respected musical exports around the world.

The book explores how Violator came together, asks why the song-writing and production took Depeche to a new level and examines how touring and clever marketing were key to the album’s success.

HALO also looks at the impact on the band and fans, as well as how Violator finally brought the wider music industry and critics round to the Depeche Mode phenomenon.

The book is written by Kevin May and David McElroy and wil be published in March 2020 – 30 years on from Violator‘s release.

Check the blog for regular updates ahead of the release of HALO.

22 thoughts on “About HALO”

    1. @pavel – not long, sir – thanks for your patience… Had some health issues earlier this year which put me back a fair amount… Oh, and managed to get one final interview just this week!!

    1. Hi again

      Any news? You mention a final interview in April 2016, so just wondering what the hold up might be?

      You’ve a large group of us keen to buy it!!

      Thanks. 😊

      1. @helen – hey, thanks for checking in 🙂

        Yeah, I’ve had a perfect storm of day job issues this year and, more recently, a particularly nasty bike accident to contend with. I can only apologise and say we’re back in the groove and finalising things right now!

        I thank you for your patience and continued interest!


  1. Is this book still happening, mate?

    Keep checking and can’t see updates so was wondering.

    Seen you had health problems last year. Hope you’re feeling better.

    1. @marcus – hey, thanks for the comment… I’m hoping to be able to share some release release information and other details very soon! Thanks for your patience!!! 🙂

    1. i’m hoping to be able to do so soon enough… have recently had a large change in my professional life which, sadly and inevitably, requires some focus ahead of book launches 🙂

  2. This book is referenced in Classic Pop Magazine Synth special (7th Feb 2019) so can I purchase it? Would love to read it and it to my DM collection. Violator was such an important album for me.

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