Belle and Sebastian: Illustrated Lyrics


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2022.

ISBN: 9780500296851 Category:

Stuart Murdoch


A beautiful collaboration between Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch and illustrator Pamela Tait, a unique visual reinterpretation of Murdoch’s favourite songs.

From the imagined lives of the passengers riding Glasgow buses in the early 1990s to questions raised about the status quo and musings on the meaning of religion, Stuart Murdoch, frontman of Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, has written some of the most captivating lyrics of the past two decades. Belle and Sebastian recorded their first critically acclaimed album Tigermilk in three days, played a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, and famously forgot their drummer, dressed in his pyjamas, outside a Walmart. Their songs have animated many film soundtracks, developing a cult following that has helped to define the sound of indie music as we know it today.

The first book in the ‘Illustrated Lyrics’ series combines the words selected from over twenty-four years of Belle and Sebastian songs with specially commissioned illustrations from Scottish artist Pamela Tait, whose intricate and whimsical character illustrations Stuart Murdoch stumbled upon and fell in love with when he rediscovered old fan mail Pamela had sent to him over a decade ago. Set with expressive typography, this is an exceptional publication that will seduce even the most devoted fans to ‘see’ these wonderful songs afresh.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15 x 22 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 August 2022
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Pamela Tait
Dimensions 15 x 22 cm
Weight 300 g


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Stuart Murdoch is a Scottish musician, writer and filmmaker. He is the founding member, lead singer and songwriter for Belle and Sebastian. Pamela Tait is a Scottish artist who lives on the Black Isle. She expresses her own folklore through illustration, seeing patterns and faces in her surroundings.