Sing Backwards and Weep: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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Screaming Trees, including Lanegan, left, in London, 1989. Photograph: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images This was not an easy memoir to get through. I decided to listen to this as an audio book. I figured it would be great to hear Mark Lanegan's story in his own words. It might've been easier to read it as a book. His biography is grueling, to say the least. Mark Lanegan went from idolizing to The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce to receiving the friendship of the man himself. Jeffrey wanted to form a new band for which he would play guitar and Mark would sing. Mark did not believe that he could possibly be the star of any show that included Jeffrey. Mark was devastated when Jeffrey passed away soon afterward.

Sing Backwards and Weep – Book Review Mark Lanegan – Sing Backwards and Weep – Book Review

Počne nezavidnim detinjstvom i onda bez prestanka tone u nova dna ljudskog ponašanja. Čitaoca ne štedi brutalnih opisa telesnog i mentalnog horora alkoholizma i narkomanije, posledica nebrige za sebe i druge, izrabljivanja svih oko sebe i neverovatnih napora da se po svaku cenu dođe do droge. Urođena telesna otpornost, visoka diploma škole ulice, harizma i prihodi muzičke zvezde osrednjeg kalibra, sve se spojilo da ta agonija traje neverovatno dugo. Veći uspeh ili neuspeh bi ga verovatno ranije šutnuli na dno. I expected his life to change soon after that sentence; I wanted him to get over the heroin and get on with his real life. I wanted the Lanegan who sings I’m Not the Loving Kind so beautifully to emerge. But he doesn’t, and my impatience with the book and Lanegan gradually turned into admiration as I began to realise that this wasn’t going to happen. I was going to have to wait for the redemption. How low does Lanegan go? He’s a delinquent teenage alcoholic who gets sober, but becomes gripped by addictions once again, with his raging alcoholism assuaged by the short-lived peace of heroin. Mark Lanegan was born in Ellensburg, Washington on November 25, 1964. As a teenager, Markwas obliged to complete community service hours at his local library, where he wanked off in the restroom bidaily. Needless to say, libraries have always had a special place in Mark's heart due to his "nasty librarian" fetish. It is absolutely insane to think that Markwitnessed an early incarnation of Nirvana perform at the Ellensburg Public Library. Their concert was shut down after only three or four songs. After the show, Kurt told Markthat he was a big fan of his. Two weeks later, Krist Novoselic phoned Markto ask if he could join Screaming Trees.Preface: I'm a fan...a big fan...of Mark Lanegan's music. From the Screaming Trees, to his solo work, to the work with QOTSA, his duets with Isobel Campbell, the Gutter Twins, and one-offs like the Soulsavers, I have always bought and listened to his musical projects, and will continue to do so. That said: This book is absolute garbage. Mark was lead singer of the Screaming Trees, a second-tier grunge band that was perpetually in the shadows of other more popular bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains. Mark was close friends with the lead singers of these bands--Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. All three were terrible drug fiends. Somehow Mark is the only survivor. It might be poignant to end this review with a set of lyrics from the Screaming Trees' song For Celebrations Past that I had in my mind when I awoke one morning a number of years ago: Es un libro donde el cantante se desnuda sentimentalmente y vivimos de primera mano como es la vida de un yonki. Especialmente trágicos los capítulos donde vemos como otros cantantes y amigos famosos como Kurt Kobain o Layne Stanley van muriendo mientras Lanegan se queda solo dentro de la espiral de droga que lo empuja cada vez más hacia abajo. El final del libro con un Lanegan deambulando por Londres, enfermo y estafado por camellos de baja estofa o durmiendo con vagabundos es especialmente dramático. Menos mal que al final pudo escapar de todo eso y entregarnos unos discos fantásticos. Un superviviente que regresa del infierno.

Sing Backwards and Weep: The Sunday Times Bestseller

La impresionante crónica de juventud de Mark Lanegan, un libro durísimo y crudo donde expone sin tapujos su viaje al infierno de la droga escapando de un pueblo rural y de una família disfuncional. Unforuntately, we don't learn anything about what happens next: Mark's highly successful solo career, his three excellent duet albums with Isobel Campbell, or his collaborations with Greg Dulli (The Gutter Twins) or Duke Garwood. I would have liked to learn more about his life and career after his recovery. Lanegan defines himself here – and I don’t know the alternative if there is one – as a hardcore junkie. He opens with a description of the day (or is it one of many?) when he got busted. He describes his descent into drugs, some music, occasional transactional sex, and more drugs.

Lanegan eventually stumbled his way down the latter path. The very last word he writes here is what he became: clean. We are all the beneficiaries of that outcome, not only because his singular artistic voice is still with us today, and still creating and performing, but because he was able to write this extraordinary, unforgettable book. It is right up there with the very best memoirs I have read, by a musician or anyone else. A day or two later, Rosemary called me, her voice shaking with emotion, and delivered the news. Kurt’s body had been found in the small room above his garage—the same room at which I had stood at the foot of earlier—the victim of an apparent suicide. A medical examiner judged his death to have taken place the same day we were at the house looking for him.



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