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Exhibit
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CD

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UTR 138CD UTR 138CD
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11/26/2021

Bertie Marshall is a writer/performer. He is also an acclaimed memoirist, most well-known for his book Berlin Bromley (2006) about his transformation from Bertie, an anxious, androgynous, depressed teenager, into Berlin, a teenager who would reject suburban values and become a founding member of punk's "Bromley Contingent", alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, and Billy Idol. Upset The Rhythm releases Exhibit by Bertie Marshall, collecting for the first time his songs and spoken word tracks from this fertile period of the '80s-90s. He's currently working on Looking: Backwards To Go Forwards, picking up from where Berlin Bromley left off. His other books include the debut novel Psychoboys (1997), Nowhere Slow (2014), From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking (2016), Wild - re write (2017), The Peeler (2018) and Pete's Underpants (2019). In 2015 the British Library purchased his writing archive. From 1980-83, Bertie was the frontman for post-punk boundary-pushers Behaviour Red -- they released one single (favorably played by John Peel), did a mini-tour and broke up. At various times Behaviour Red featured Noel Blanden of Normil Hawaiians and fine artist Nicola Tyson. Their sound was characterized by looseness and freedom, boasting at times tribal drumming, streams of vocals, dazed guitars and feedback. Bertie continued sketching out atmospheric compositions afterwards too, walking a tightrope between bewildered pop and gothic folk. Central to everything is Bertie's commanding voice; heartfelt, impassioned and masterfully leading you through the story. Bertie became interested in spoken word and performance poetry in the '90s, which then led him into writing and performing in his own plays and devised theater pieces. He did regular readings and performances in NYC and began writing books inspired by the visceral talents of Acker and Burroughs. Having lived in Berlin, San Francisco, and Brittany, Bertie now lives in London.