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Altered Balance - A Tribute to Coil
by Jeremy Reed & Karolina Urbaniak

Altered Balance, a collaboration between the award-winning poet and novelist, Jeremy Reed, and the photographer, Karolina Urbaniak, is the first book devoted to Coil's founding member, John Balance, who tragically died of a fall on 13 November 2004.


Reed's close personal friendship with Balance is explored in an acutely detailed and moving sequence of poems, in a prose memoir recollecting his frequent visits to Chiswick and Weston-Super-Mare, and in the facsimile reproduction of a selection of highly idiosyncratic handwritten letters of Balance's that comprised a part of their regularly sustained correspondence over a period of eight years. The book is complemented throughout by Karolina Urbaniak's highly empathetic, mood-sensitive photos that resonate with Reed's charged imaginative writing.


''Altered Balance captures Geff's life perfectly. It sometimes makes for uncomfortable reading but that was very much what knowing Geff was like''


Standard Edition
2014, 2015 & 2019

Hardbound, 70 Pages, 200x200mm 

ISBN 978-1-9160091-3-4

First run 150 copies, second run 100 copies, third run 200

Shipping Tuesday 19 November

Collector's Edition III

Collector's Edition of 50 numbered and signed copies includes mounted photograph 8''x8'', an original funeral card from 2004 and a 48 pages long booklet. The booklet, Aquarian Tango, includes The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse an edited automatic text worked on periodically by John Balance and Jeremy Reed with the intention of recording the text or publishing it as a curious anomaly, reproduced letters from John to Jeremy and a series of new poems written by Jeremy Reed.

Collector's Edition

Collector's Edition of 28 numbered and signed copies includes mounted photograph 8''x8'' and handwritten poem by Jeremy Reed.

Collector's Edition

Collector's Edition of 28 numbered and signed copies includes Coil and Body Language booklet and mounted photograph 8''x8''.

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About the authors
Jeremy Reed & Karolina Urbaniak

Jeremy Reed is the author of over forty books of award-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, a long standing icon to the underground for his uncompromising, distinctly London-flavoured work, saturated in an imagination JG Ballard called 'almost extraterrestrial in its talent.' Writing on the edges of society Reed consistently celebrates the generic outlaw as anti-hero. His recent non-fiction books The Dilly: A Secret History of Piccadilly Rent BoysWaiting For The Man: The Life and Career of Lou Reed, the poetry collections Piccadilly BongoSooner or Later Frank and Voodoo Excess, and the novel Here Comes The Nice, all confirm Pete Doherty's estimation of Reed as 'a legend, what more can you fucking ask?' He performs with the Ginger Light and wrote the libretto to Marc Almond's pop operetta Against Nature (2015).

Karolina Urbaniak is a visual artist, professional photographer, sound designer and co-founder of Infinity Land Press. Her published work includes To PutrefactionThe Void Ratio and Altered Balance – A Tribute to Coil (a collaboration between Urbaniak and the award-winning poet and novelist Jeremy Reed). She also composed the soundtrack to the limited edition of Jeremy Reed’s and Martin Bladh’s book Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome. Urbaniak is currently collaborating with British writer Steve Finbow on the multimedia project Death-Mort-Tod - A European Reliquary, forthcoming on Infinity Land Press.

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