New book chronicles Massive Attack's influence over the past 30 years

Out Of The Comfort Zone: new book chronicles Massive Attack’s influence over the past 30 years

A new book about Massive Attack’s influence on Bristol’s music scene is set for release March 4. Massive Attack – Out Of The Comfort Zone explores the band’s roots, and chronicles their musical reach in Bristol over the past 30 years.

Author Melissa Chemen spent four years covering the story.

The new book Massive Attack – Out Of The Comfort Zone traces the development of Massive Attack through decades of social change in the city.

It begins in the ’60s and ’70s; following the band through to their formation in 1988, their time in Bristol’s Wild Bunch hip-hop crew, then to the release of their debut album Blue Lines, and beyond.

Chemam also covers the band’s influences, such as punk, reggae, and graffiti, eventually honing in their creative endeavours; particularly their third album Mezzanine.

Massive Attack – Out Of The Comfort Zone is set to be launched at the British Library, with a talk from Chemem and journalist Miranda Sawyer on March 14.

The band are currently on their Mezzanine XXI tour. Unfortunately they won’t be gracing Australia on said tour.

Since their conception, Massive Attack have had a hugely successful career in music and arts. They’ve released five studio albums that have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and won numerous awards such as the Brit Award for Best British Dance Act, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Q awards.