A Year with Swollen Appendices

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A Year with Swollen Appendices
AuthorBrian Eno
Cover artistAnton Corbijn (photo)
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreDiary, Essays, Short Stories
Published5 September 1996 Faber and Faber (London)
Media typePrint
Pages424 pp
780/.92 B 22
LC ClassML410.E58 A3 1996

A Year with Swollen Appendices is a book by Brian Eno.[1][2][3] The paperback book was published by Faber and Faber in 1996 and is divided into two sections. The first part is a diary covering the year 1995, the second part, the 'swollen appendices' of the title is a collection of essays, short stories and correspondence. It was re-released with a new introduction by the author in 2021.


I've never kept a big diary past about 6 January (so I know a lot about the early Januaries of my life), but at the end of 1994 I made a resolution to keep one for 1995. I did it because I wanted to schedule in advance some of the things that Anthea and I don't get round to doing often enough— going to the cinema, the theatre, galleries and so on. The preplanning idea failed within weeks ...

— Brian Eno, Introduction to A Year with Swollen Appendices

The diary covers the year 1995, which proved to be particularly productive for Eno. It details four different musical projects he was involved in: the album Spinner with Jah Wobble, the Passengers album Original Soundtracks 1 with U2, David Bowie's Outside and the War Child charity album The Help Album as well as exploratory sessions with the band James.

In addition it covers various other projects Eno was involved in, in particular his opposition to the attacks on Bosnia by Croatia. Throughout the diaries there is correspondence between Eno and Stewart Brand, largely dealing with this subject.

The diary covers the period of Eno's life during which he used SSEYO's Koan Pro software to create generative music, work which led to the 1996 publication of his title Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software. The cover of the diary is shared with this software title.


The appendices, which are delineated by pink paper in the original book, cover a number of different topics with some of the writing dating as far back as 1978. The essays cover subjects closely linked with Eno such as ambient music, generative music, music copyright, the role of an artist and art. In addition there is correspondence, interviews and short stories.

It is rumoured that the title is a play on words as well. His publicist, Michelle Ferguson, who worked with him throughout the year suffered a burst appendix by the end of his busy year at the Pavarotti War Child Concert event in Modena with U2.


The cover photograph is by Anton Corbijn.

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  1. ^ Berry, Colin (12 December 1996). "Eno's Book Traces A Year with Swollen Appendices". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-03-25 – via www.wired.com.
  2. ^ "Brian Eno is 'a mammal, a celebrity and a masturbator'. And his new". The Independent. 12 May 1996. Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  3. ^ Cream, T. V. "Year With Swollen Appendices, A: Brian Eno's Diary – TV Cream". TV Cream. Retrieved 2020-03-25.