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Rock, amore, morte, follia: e un paio d'altre sciocchezze che i nipotini dovrebbero sapere

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  3,131 ratings  ·  334 reviews
Tuo padre era amico di Albert Einstein e ha concepito la teoria degli universi paralleli. Poi è morto alla soglia della pensione perché non gliene fregava più niente di vivere (come da sua precisa dichiarazione). Tua sorella è impazzita dopo (forse) troppi acidi e non ha incontrato una fine migliore. Hai deciso di spostarti dal Sud fino a Los Angeles per fare il musicista. ...more
Paperback, Scatti, 213 pages
Published November 2009 by Elliot (first published November 1st 2007)
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D. Pow
There is in this world certain songs, books, movies that get to the human condition like no other. Or maybe just an aspect of the human condition. Or maybe just an aspect of one humans condition. The aspect I am thinking of is a certain tenderness, a rawness, and an emotional vulnerability. A life of nakedness and need, of bird-like frailty and beauty, an opened-hearted way to life that lets all stimuli in no matter how razor-like hurtful it is, how lacerating and potentially lethal. But there i ...more
Ian Cantankeroo-Gazan
What a Ride!

This is the first book for years that I've started and finished in one afternoon.

I thought it was going to be a train-wreck, but it was more like a roller-coaster ride.

E. and I.

The pace started off at a million miles an hour and never let up.

E. went all over the place, and finally, on the last page, when he came to a stop, he realised that he had reached a point of some wisdom and contentment.

So did I.

February 22, 2011
Johnny
Things you should know.

Mark Oliver Everett is the mastermind behind The EELS, more commonly referred to as E.

This book is heavy on the sarcasm, but light on the condecension.

I would say that despite what some of us may have faced in our lives thus far, 82% of us should count ourselves lucky that this is not our life. The other 18% are entitled to a hug at any time (even considering my near legendary space issues.)

I absolutely loved this book. I have been a fan of The EELS from the moment I h
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RandomAnthony
Mr. Everett, better known as "E" from the band "eels" tells his harrowing life story with grace and humor. I'm a huge eels fan, so I found the book illuminating and inspiring, but I'm not sure a non-eels fan would have the same reaction. Still, this is a great story of artistic integrity and the role art can play in helping one survive dark times.
Sergsab
Supongo que uno no decide lo que le toca vivir en la vida. Tampoco decidimos lo que sentimos, las pasiones que nos consumen ni la familia en la que hemos nacido. Las tragedias tampoco necesitan nuestro consentimiento para manifestarse. Los milagros, los pocos que se dan, nos ignoran por completo incluso cuando están ahí para nosotros.

Pero hay, sí, un mínimo margen de maniobra. Podemos intentar estar en el lugar correcto. Hacer lo que debemos. Tomarnos la vida con la perspectiva sana de saber que
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Paul ZombieVintage
Dec 01, 2008 Paul ZombieVintage rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eels fans, music fans
Shelves: have
I read this book during the Thanksgiving 2008 drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. This book will probably go down as the most pleasant memory of that trip, with the possible exception being the moment I was introduced to the singing, strumming, and smacking around of guitar hero world tour.

But back to the point, the book is a fantastic read, but I am a poor judge in this case as I am a rather rabid follower of E (short for M.E. which is short for Mark Everett) and his various musical endeavors. I
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Hinch
Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, the man behind the band Eels, has written the kind of autobiography that has the substance to change lives. To put it simply, it is a work of staggering genius. It is poignant, funny, and frequently optimistic, and surely a great source of inspiration for anyone burdened by the weight of living.

There is nothing pretentious or gratuitous about this book. Nothing flowery or extraneous - just a straight-shooting, honest, no bullshit story, of desperate sadness
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Kristy
In this trek through Mark Everett, lead singer of "The Eeels" ' life he is honest. He is not trying to win me over with his dynamic prose or his thesaurus found words. He is not wasting my time with "flowery shit". He is "straight with me", and I dig it.

We follow M.E. through his crazy, non-supervised childhood into his spiraling, stair climbing adult years, through his music ups and downs and into his own self awareness. He, of course, talks about his success in music, but he is no braggart, h
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Jeroen
Can we kind of re-do my bio? I don’t want to keep being the sad sack whose house burned down.
- Timothy Showalter, of Strand of Oaks


Reading Mark Oliver Everett's Things the Grandchildren Should Know gives me the very opposite feeling of what Showalter expresses here. Everett, who goes by the stage name E and is best known as the singer of rock band Eels, seems totally fine and comfortable with being the sad sack. This is his right, of course. He mentions in the introduction here that people who w
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Roger
The story of Mark Oliver Everett (better known simply as "E"), in his own words, "isn't the story of a famous guy. It's just the story of a guy (who occasionally finds himself in situations that resemble a famous guy's life)." Throughout his troubled childhood and later struggle to find success in the music industry, E faces an unrelenting series of tragedies juxtaposed with moments of happiness and fulfillment. What makes this story truly uplifting is seeing E face all the hardships he is force ...more
Madeleine
This is what every memoir should aspire to be.

I started listening to the Eels in high school. I haven’t devoured their tunes as actively as I used to in the past few years (even if “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations” was the best five dollars I’ve ever spent); that being said, I didn’t even make it halfway through this book without launching a massive attack on iTunes to download whatever albums of Mr. E’s I didn’t already own.

This book satisfied me in so many ways as a reader, as a music
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Ignacio
Quizás literariamente no sea la mejor autobiografía pero tampoco es que me haya hecho mucha falta. La manera en que Mr. E relata los avatares a los que se ha enfrentado y cómo ha esquivado el precipicio a pesar de lo fácil que hubiera sido caer por él me ha atrapado. Con humor, cruel o tierno según toca, es un canto a la creatividad y la fidelidad a una visión propia como resorte para salir adelante. Además, si gusta su música, ayuda a entenderla mucho mejor.
Sue
I go to bed early
everybody thinks its strange
I get up early in the morning
no matter how disappointed I was
with the day before
it feels new..

I had never heard of Eels and I'm so glad I have now. Such an encouraging story of a man who lost everyone he cared about and tried had to forge a career in the music business without selling out. Pretty hard for an ordinary regular guy to get through what he did and keep his dignity too. loved this book and I really like his music. I hope for this man to fi
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Gabriel Moncrieff
Oct 18, 2014 Gabriel Moncrieff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personas no intensas en busqueda de algo sencillo y real
Mark Oliver Everett (The Eels o Mr. E si eres muy 90's) y su obra prima en el mundo de la no-ficción, es un relato de su vida (no de su carrera) y muy digno de su ya conocida lírica a nivel musical, la cual no les detallaré pues la pueden googlear, sin dejar atrás su don como innato storyteller, Mr. E nos regala su autobiografía ambientada entre finales de los 80 y a comienzos de los 00's, y sin ser muy spoiler, les cuento que el libro gira alrededor de los traumas emocionales que van generando ...more
Gaby
Listening to the simple yet profound Electroshock Blues at 16, I identified with every song, and thought it was something I’d write, or something that could have been written about me. Now I know I'm wrong.

After reading Mr. E’s autobiography, my respect for him has grown even more, because it can’t have been easy to reach within and produce such raw, universal, and identifiable feeling out of experiences as unique and atypical as the ones he’s had.

The best parts of the book are where he talks a
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Leah Fitzgerald
I loved Eels the first time I heard Novocaine for the Soul on MuchMusic. I was 16, and the lyrics spoke to me. I needed something for my soul so very much - I was an angsty teen after all. The album Beautiful Freak went on to become a soundtrack to my high school days and the subsequent albums all have ties to moments in my life, from my first dorm room to car trips with my husband and daughter.
This book is what was going on with the man behind the music and it is a beautiful tale of a weird and
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Diego
No me sorprende que haya devorado el libro en un puñado de horas. La verdad es que llevo escuchando a Eels desde hace relativamente poco, 2010 o así (por recomendación de una amiga investigué su discografía a fondo). Y aunque me gustó mucho lo que escuché, no ha sido hasta leer este libro que he podido ver con una perspectiva más acertada todo el significado que hay detrás de su música.

Éste es el libro de Mr. E y su vida. Algunos pensarán que está repleto de muerte, pero está lleno de vida.
Matthew Alexander
Bought in Union Square, NY, and on my book shelf for at least two years, possibly three, before I got round to reading it because I wasn't sure I wanted to be a post-reader of the book - being a pre-reader usually helps avoid disappointment.

Not your usual 'rock star' (or whatever) crappy book. This guy has some serious stuff to say, not only here but in his music, and is way more articulate and interesting than many of his contemporaries. An easy going everyday prose makes it a light read, whils
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Kelsey
I don't even know where to start. I picked this books up this morning, read a few pages, went on with my day, picked it up about 3 hours ago and I wasn't able to put it down. I had to finish it, and I did. There is something so tragically beautiful about E. He is someone you want to meet and ask weird questions to. His life is sad and depressing, and the way he writes about it broke my heart, but while reading, I put his whole discography on my iTunes on shuffle, and I felt incredibly connected ...more
Teijo Aflecht
More good parts than in Eels songs (of which they have at least a few). The stories about making albums and touring are the most boring, as usual with books of this type. Doesn't quite compare to the Lemmy interview-autobiography, but it was a good read.
Chelsea Owens
Given that "E" has always proven to be such a clever lyricist, his way with words shouldn't of knocked my socks off my ass as much as they did while reading his moving memoir. However, after absorbing his unbelievably touching, inspirational, and bittersweet story- I looked down and realized that my socks were, indeed, on the floor from having been knocked off my ass. I'm amazed that this is his writing debut. I hope that there are many more literary musings from the mind of "E." It's not often ...more
Patrick Dhollander
Publicity on the cover reads "Rock music! Death! Crazy people! Love!" and that sums up well what this book is about. Everett so brilliantly and emotionally writes about how music saved his life while and after losing his entire family, that you feel like giving him a big hug, telling him how well he is doing. And next time I listen to Eels, I know I will feel Everett's music along with him.
Thanks to my daughter who recommended this book to me!
Charly Fitzpatrick
This is a marvellous book by Mark Oliver Everett otherwise known as E and leader of the band, Eels. It is not a rock autobiography - or at least one you would expect. This is a book about death and its impact on the author. Everett's father was a genius - he proposed the many worlds interpretation of Quantum Physics for which he was derided, but is now pretty much accepted. Hugh Everett died at the age of 51 and while he hardly communicated with his son, this had a profound affect on the young M ...more
Steve
This is great, really interesting and told with a good sense of self-awareness - he hasn't believed his own hype anyway. It's dark, honest and revealing and also made me revisit his music and see (hear) it in a different light.

However he's not a guy you'd want to hang around with too much as all his mates and family end up dying on him. If only we could get him to befriend Fearne Cotton.....





* Ok maybe a bit mean-spirited there, I suppose she technically has the right to life.
Pat
I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the private lives of the musicians I like, so the story of Mark Everett of Eels was quite a shock to me. He grew up in an unconventional family setting as an introverted boy who lacked confidence. He's brutally honest about all aspects of his life & the many tragedies that happen to those around him as the years go by. He doesn't take himself too seriously & manages to squeeze quite a bit of comedy out of some really horrendous situations. Eventual ...more
Ana
Wonderful, fast read about the life behind the genius that is E (Eels).

I've been a fan of him for years, right back to his 'Daisies of the Galaxy' days and just loved him for the catchy songs that no one else I knew seem to get or even be interested in. I didn't know about the meaning behind the lyrics or about all the terrible pain he'd gone through though.

I once worked for the publisher of this book, but by the time it came out, I'd left for other pastures. But I still had friends there, so
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Steve
Not a "sex and drugs and rock & roll" memoir (although we get that, but from his teen days). Reads quickly, he has a nice conversational tone to his writing, and he states things simply. Nice that you don't feel like he is being some pretentious rock star when he talks about how important his music is to him, and how he stands behind it. He's had a lot of death in his life, but realizes he's had a lot of joy as well. I wish he had told more about his physicist father (founder of "many worlds ...more
Jerry Oliver
This is a brilliant, honest, sometimes shocking book. It's hard to believe so many tragedies could happen to one person and that person could make something positive out of it all. A friend lent me this book and that also got me listening to all the music of the Eels. Beautiful, twisted art from the mind of Mark Oliver Everett.
roland0_o
Reads like an EELS song, unsurprisingly. Mr. E. is a good narrator, stays entertaining without coming across as anything but a simple guy that makes music and has a bunch of bad shit happen to him.
Ben Preece
Fucking brilliant!!! Mark Oliver Everett is a musical genius with one hell of a story. This is an emotional albeit very easy read by a warm and charming writer. Heartbreaking!
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Mark Oliver Everett is better known as ‘E’ the singer, guitarist and songwriter in the band Eels. Anyone familiar with Eels’ music – from Novocaine For The Soul to Mr E’s Beautiful Blues (the latter featured in the film Road Trip) – will know that Everett is no ordinary rock musician.
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