Bristol: Mezzanine @ 20

Massive Attack's Mezzanine will turn 20 this week: 
This key album in Bristol's recent music scene was initially planned for a release in 1997 but had to be delayed many times over, due to the band's intense perfectionist work.
In July 1997, they therefore released an E.P. featuring a first extract from the coming record, 'Risingson', to please fans and satisfied their label's demands. 

The album was finally released on April 20, 1998, reaching number 1 in the Albums Chart in the U.K. and many other countries as well as critical acclaim.

Massive Attack as Grant Marshall (known as Daddy G), Andrew Vowles (aka Mushroom) and 3D

3D in the video for  'Risingson'

Initially, last summer, the band was planning a few events to celebrate this anniversary... But we'll have to wait until their summer tour to know more.

Meanwhile, you can listen to their iconic singles:

Massive Attack - 'Risingson'

Massive Attack - 'Angel'

Massive Attack - 'Teardrop'

Massive Attack - 'Inertia Creeps'


As you may know, I spent three years working with most of Bristol's musicians to write about the city's cultural history. The book is in the correction phase.

The whole story soon...

Out Of The Comfort Zone 

Paperback – September 3, 2018

This book is dedicated to the history of the band Massive Attack and to their relationship with their home town of Bristol, a city built on the wealth generated by the slave trade. 

As a port Bristol was also an arrival point for immigrants to the UK, most notably the Windrush generation from the Caribbean in the 1950s. 

Author Melissa Chemam's in-depth study of the influences that led to the formation of the Wild Bunch and then Massive Attack looks into Bristol's past to explore how the city helped shape one of the most successful and innovative musical movements of the last 30 years. 

Based on interviews with Robert (3D) del Naja and others, the book examines the inner tensions between the founding members of Massive Attack - 3D, Daddy G and Mushroom - their influences, collaborations and politics and the way in which they opened the door for other Bristol musicians and artists including Banksy. 

The book is published under licence from Anne Carriere in France by Tangent Books. 
Its French title is En Dehors De La Zone De Confort - De Massive Attack A Banksy


About the Author

Melissa Chemam is a French journalist and author who has worked for France 24, the BBC World Service and Radio France International, as well as many magazines, and for the filmmaker Raoul Peck. Since 2003, she has been based in Prague, Paris, Miami, then in London, Nairobi and Bangui, travelling into more than 40 countries.


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