Coal Black Mornings
Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede.
Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home C...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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Nesta bio, Brett lança alguma luz sobre surgiu a banda, sua vida antes dela e o que move sua escrita, bela, de uma poesia única e urbanidade cortante, sempre pensei em suas letras como rasgos no tecido do asfalto da cidade e uma espiada nos dramas que se escon ...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
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
Suede est une énigme du panthéon britanique. Même en assimilant leurs influences, on connait peu d'albums semblables aux leurs. Leur grandeur semblait provenir d'un malaise dormant que la Britpop ne souhaitait pas réveiller. Entre ses lignes et jusqu'à la fin des années 2000, le NME att ...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
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
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
It's always great to read a rock biography that talks about what life in a band is really like. Brett Ander ...more
I read quite a lot of artist/band autobiographical books and I always enjoy the c ...more
I wanted to love Coal Black Mornings the way I love Dog Man Star, but they aren’t in the same league. Anderson is an extremely gifted songwriter and singer, but only a pretty good writer. He mentions “coal black mornings” about seven times in the book! It would have been more impactful to have chosen one key point in the memoir to use the phrase. That said, Coal Black Mornings certainly fulfills what Anderson states as the book’s purpose in his foreword:
“This is a book about failure. It’s a boo...more
The writing throughout is gorgeous, just as you would expect from Brett Anderson. I'm a fan of his music, and his lyrics have always been amongst my favourite. He has influenced me as a writer, finding the poetic sublime in the everyday (Anderson has a T S E ...more
There’s the odd moment of repetition, cliché or pre-emptive defensiveness (perhaps unsurprising given the unwarranted kicking he received from a bitchy mus ...more
'Coal Black Mornings' is kind of like Moby's book from a few years back as it ends just as Suede were about to take off in the UK. So no, it doesn't cover the period 1992 to the present, although Anderson does allude to it throug ...more
This is a fascinating book. With most music autobiographies there is the temptation to skip past the 'growing up years' and just head straight to the 'music'. This does not give you the chance as Brett explains his past right up until the point where that fantastic debut album is just on the horizon.
It's an e ...more