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Thom Yorke & Stanley Donwood handing out The Universal Sigh in London

Today is D-day for Radiohead’s newspaper The Universal Sigh. The band issue a 12-page newspaper at 63 locations worldwide. Thom Yorke is handing out papers in London.

Outside London’s Rough Trade East record store Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are handing out the band’s newspaper The Universal Sigh (video). The newspaper made by the band features 12 pages of artwork, lyrics and stories. Apart from a story from Stanley Donwood you can also read stories from authors Robert MacFarlane (Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places) and Jay Griffiths (Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time). Depending on your location you can get The Universal Sigh in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

Everyone who picks up a copy of The Universal Sigh can get their picture taken which will be uploaded to

Over at The Guardian you can listen to a full album stream of The King of Limbs. The Guardian also has two exclusive examples of artwork credited to Zachariah Wildwood & Donald Twain. As we all know by now, these are the alter egos of Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood.


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  • All those people on that video getting a newspaper handed out to them by Thom & Stanley are the luckiest people on the planet. (again, jealous)

  • Wish they would have come to Amsterdam to hand them out….

  • can someone put up scans of the newspaper asap?

  • I am so jealous wish I could be there in person. I did get my copy online already and that will have to do. That is what I get for not living in a big city.

    If you are looking for a copy online I posted it here check it out

  • I went to 1515 Broadway in NYC and there was no paper being handed out and nobody knew anything about it????

  • Anyone know what the little note that came with it is for? Seems to have some sort of code on it?

  • guys there’s times on there site, like exact times they’re handing them out. North America is Tuesday. For me (in vancouver) I have to be there for 1 pm. Just go to locations on the universal sigh site, and then click your location. It will give you everything you need to know! Too many people are assuming it’s at like 12 pm everywhere on monday.

  • Excellent. Thanks Kyosti!

  • […] 12-page publication features artwork and stories by Robert MacFarlane, Jay Griffiths, and longtime Radiohead contributor Stanley […]

  • Take it they haven’t uploaded all the photos of fans with the paper then cuz I can’t find mine 🙁

  • HAHAHA in the newspaper, im pretty sure thom was expressing fears of being in crowds

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