In the end of October 2009 I joined a group of Kate Bush fans on the 25th anniversary of the Wuthering Hike; a walk across the Yorkshire moors to Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse said to have inspired Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and hence Kate’s 1978 hit.
I have always been quite obsessive about music, in my teens I listened mainly to grunge (any band from Seattle qualified, the only exception were The Smashing Pumpkins - they were excused despite coming from Chicago…). Slowly other music crept in; Stina Nordenstam, Tori Amos and Kate Bush - distinct, often confessional female vocals. Kate Bush is the only one of those artists that still gets regular play in my iPod today. She’s a genius.
The walk up to Top Withen’s reminded me of the sense of community that music gave me as a teenager. Kate was the only common denominator along the group of us walking across the moor, but surprisingly few discussions surrounded Kate’s music. It was a casual gathering, an annual occasion and for some people it had become a meet up with the extended family; the one time every year when you catch up with old friends or meet new ‘virtual friends’ face-to-face for the first time.
The landscapes and portraits in this book were taken on the day we walked up to Top Withens.
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