Coal Black Mornings
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Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took...more
'Coal Black Mornings' ends just as Suede get their record deal and finally start gaining their unstoppable momentum - however, prior to this, there were years of playing to tiny audiences.
'Coal Black Mornings', which focusses on Brett’s early life and the pre-fame years, is therefore not the standard rock memoir. It’s all the bet ...more
I sped through this, and enjoyed how it leaned towards a meditation on fatherhood, and his newly found perspective of his own childhood through that. It is a thoughtful, generous book about how poverty, grief and heartbreak all kind of exposed him to this deeper artistic expression. It's easy to forget how vital and transgressive Suede were in the early-90's, and Brett remains classy and Suede remain great.
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Suede were always one of the most underrated British band - a group with a unique sound and fluid visual in an era of hyper-masculinity and Brit-pop groups in-fighting. And, in this memoir, frontman Brett takes us behind the scenes in a look back upon his life, his younger years, and the early b ...more
It tells of his upbringing in light but touching detail - running around a housing estate swinging on lamp-posts while high on mushrooms - and captures the weird melancholy of growing up in an unhappy but normal family. The time, in this case, is the 70s, the place England, but the story is universal.
Anderson gets the tone right from the start and plays the whole thing straight. To make i ...more
In many ways, this is a very ordinary rock bio. It suffers from the fact I finished Johnny Marr's book not that long ago. Marr does a good job of describing the same English background and manages to share his band's story and come across like your best friend at the pub.
You don't learn much about Suede, which I suppose is this book's strength and weakness. I suspect its pla ...more
Anderson led Suede, a premier ‘Britpop’ band from the 90’s that produced a couple of strong albums and got a ton of attention from the English musical press back when this sort of journalism was influential. There’s a story to tell her ...more
I feel like I’ve been under a religious spell for 3 days, and a deep love has been rekindled. The first two Suede albums were so profoundly beautiful, intense ...more
It’s a short book and if I said I didn’t want more salacious details about Justine and Bernard etc I’d be lying, but this ...more
Brett’s tales of his prosaic, somewhat deprived, childhood in Haywards Heath are marvellously well written, even the clunky weird bits are beautiful... and there are really a lot of them. The l ...more
An honest and candid autobiographical memoir of early life through childhood, family life and relationships. The story ends just as Suede approach the early signs of success
As the auther states the idea of this book wasn't to document or self gloat on achievement within Suede but to understand and contemplate his humble beginigs and the relationships with family and friends and a sense of culture and expectation ...more
This is a story of growing and learning and the tiny painful shards of glass that transform into a kaleidoscope.
Recommended if you’re a Suede fan.
I normally skip the first 20 or so pages of most biographies, but he writes his childhood so well. Not sure if he borrowed from Mark Lewisohn the idea of ending just as everything changed for the band, but it works well.
Slightly serious & overwrought, but this is Brett Anderson isn’t it? ...more
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