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Steven Wilson one-off box set sells for £10,000

Steven Wilson
(Image credit: Steven Wilson)

Steven Wilson's one-off The Ultra Deluxe Music Product On Obsolete Media sold this morning for £10,000, with all proceeds will go directly to the Music Venue Trust to help save grassroots gig venues in the UK.

Alan Lastufka, head of independent music publisher, music label, distribution, and resource site. ShortWave Media in America laid claim on Twitter to being the purchase.

Wilson has also released a video for Personal Shopper, directed by award winning Argentinian director Lucrecia Taormina’, which was shot at the Bluewater shopping centre in Dartford..

Personal Shopper sits somewhere between being a love-letter to shopping (an activity I love) and the uneasy feelings I have about the more insidious side of modern consumerism," says Wilson. "Lucretia’s blackly comic video captures that dilemma perfectly."

“The track is a social criticism of consumerism and how we fill our lives with unnecessary goods to feel important, special or loved," adds Taormina. "But the truth is, the feeling of unhappiness won't go away with the next pair of sick trainers. Those feelings will only go away when we look within, and if we don't... well, then we're going to end up with a lot of stuff around us, but still pretty empty. Luckily the track being six minutes gave me the opportunity to develop an interesting narrative. I wanted to create a fictional world in which people buy goods and the transaction would not only be money but also a part of their body, alluding to the concept of the more you look for answers outside, the more you disappear on the inside.”

Wilson releases his sixth studio album, The Future Bites on January 29, 2021. It includes the singles Personal ShopperEminent Sleaze and King Ghost.

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.