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Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi book out in April

Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi
(Image credit: Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi)

A new book will detail the musical relationship between Knifeworld/Gong man Kavus Torabi and six-times World Snooker Champion Steve Davis, Torabi's fellow Utopia Strong member.

Medical Grade Music, written by both Torabi and Davis, will be released through Orion Books on April 1. The book is billed as "The story of two outsiders and obsessives whose collision prompted an evangelistic alliance on the furthest frontiers of underground music.

"Part sonic memoir, part Socratic dialogue, part gonzo mission to the heart of what makes music truly psychedelic this book is the first work of joint autobiography to ever trace the evolution of a life-changing friendship through the discographies of Gentle Giant and Voivod. From the chip-shops of Plumstead to the the wildest shores of Plymouth's nineties thrash scene. it's a funny and fearless buddy movie of the soul, with a soundtrack that will make your eyes bleed."

Davis first met Torabi in the mid-2000's at a gig by French underground rock legends Magma. Over the next few years, the unlikely duo's shared affinity for visionary psychedelic and progressive music would become the foundation of not only a firm friendship, and also unique and idiosyncratic DJ style.

Since then, the pair have hosted the long-running The Interesting Alternative Radio Show on Phoenix FM, have become renowned live DJs and have also formed their own band, The Utopia Strong (along with Coil's Michael J. York), who released their self-titled debut album in 2019.

Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

(Image credit: Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi)
Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.