Suede: Love and Poison: The Authorised Biography
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Suede: Love and Poison: The Authorised Biography

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When they appeared on the British rock scene in the early 1990s—a bastard fusion of the Smiths and Ziggy Stardust—some calledthem “The Best New Band in Britain.” At the time, the group—based around flamboyant vocalist Brett Anderson and guitarist Bernard Butler—hadn’t released one note of music. What followed was an eponymous album that was to become the fastest–selling de...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Andre Deutsch (first published 2003)
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Anna
The captivating concealed-autobiography of a toothy prick's adventures in the underworld and underbelly of 1990s Britpop's occasional darlings, Suede.
Or Swayyyyyde, as I prefer to call them.

If you are interested in the 90s UK music scene, and this band's sometimes Roman Empire, sometimes Reginald Perrin, -esque rise and fall within it, then you will like this book!

Worth the price for the photographic evidence of David's peacock-cockatoo-hairdo alone!
Sylvain
The book is interesting as it recounts the tale of one of the most influent British band of the 90s. However, I must say, I got bored quite a few times through it. One can only take so much of "drama, drugs, more drama, more drugs". The number of times we read they were doing drugs doesn't make it rock n'roll. Just plain boring. Actually some of the book makes some of the band members totally superficials since you only read about their drug frenziness, not much else. In that regards, it's quite...more
Jan De la Rosa
This is a review of the re released version of the book.

"I would not have found each other over the gulf of miles, finding that common ground in a band like Suede and it's always more than just a connection to some songs, it's an attitude and an ethos and it defines something in you that makes you connect really strongly to other people".

This book slipped through my fingers the first time around and the re released (and corrected and augmented) one it's really great. New material was entered s
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Sean
Finally, we get to SEE what great art like Suede's records are:

The product of WORK, of a bit of skill, smattering of talent, and imagination---coming from a group of men who are, as this book reveals, little more than average human beings.

And, I realize that is what Brett Anderson may have been saying all these years, and which he skillfully manages to make you understand in this book---after all, I have trouble believing that there not a word in here that Anderson did not allow.

Brett Anderso...more
Nathan
Nov 10, 2007 Nathan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suede fans almost exclusively, but also fans of smart-arsed British music fans.
Biographies of pop stars, lets be honest, are usually, at best, tabloid trash that rarely appeal to a wider audience than the subject's fans. In that sense, it's hard to imagine anyone who didn't at least obsess over a Suede song or two relating to Love and Poison. It's not just a biography of a band that 99.99999999% of the universe hasn't heard of, its a biography written by that band's largest living fan. As an assistant to their manager, he spent a great deal of time touring with them, getti...more
Susan Sloan
Music biographies can be a boring, PR driven affair but David Barnett brings the same loving irreverence and humour to this as he did his fabulous fanzine back in the day. The updated edition is surprisingly worth reading for the extra information and increased frankness now he's no longer on the payroll. Also if, like me, it's been ten years since you read the original issue it's an interesting study in how my own perspective has changed on sections of the band's career and output. And thank go...more
Gregarious cline
A great look into a band that, like Joy Division, Big Star and Suicide, eventually get its recognition as one rocks greats as each year passes (Shirts at Hot Topic soon!).
Although his "being there" adds some great first hand perspectives, this book suffers from the author being too close to his subjects, which is why it's only a 4 star rating from me.
Andrea
A great book for fans. It's surprising some of the connections they made in the industry, while being unable to quite reach success. The writing is poor, but the stories are great.
Nick
The band of so much excess and amazing music, Barnett's writing gets you interested and helps you reignite your interest in their timeless tunes.
Isobel
Jul 24, 2012 Isobel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any suede fan
really great book, would recommend this to any suede fan.
very interesting and well written.
Emperorstephen
For me it is a brilliant book but I can't speak objectively as it is a book on my favourite band.
Laurie
Ricky Gervais managed Suede? No kidding.
Shon McDonnell
Mar 17, 2008 Shon McDonnell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suede Fans.
I like Suede a little less now...
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