Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
The trajectory of Suede - hailed in infancy as both 'The Best New Band in Britain' and 'effete southern wankers' - is recalled with moving candour by its frontman Brett Anderson, whose vivid memoir swings seamlessly between the tender, witty, turbulent, euphoric and bittersweet.
Suede began by treading the familiar jobbing route of London's emerging new 1990s indie bands -...more
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I have read hundreds of rock biographies and this book stands head and shoulders above the majority of them. It is a self deprecating ,all written dissection of the authors experiences. Coal Black Mornings is a good read ,this is even better. A third volume would be welcome.
This second book should never have been. I mean, the first chapter of the book is “The book I said I would never write”.
The first one finished where Suede was just about to hit the big time, which they did.
The response to Suede was so disproportionate that there seemed to be very few historical parallels, and while it’s not something that...more
His prose is elegant and captivating even when you spot the odd pattern of repeated phrases and the same ground gets covered more than once. He knows how to powerfully convey the emotion of, and subsequent reflections on, defining events and the sections covering the more famous parts of the Suede l ...more
Also, this is a fascinating take on the musician memoir, insomuch as it puts a lot more of its focus on the actual creative process, as opposed to anecdotes from the road/drug tales/names dropped, and I think that's to the book's credit. We know and like artists because of the art they've made, in general, and this is a fascinating look back at musi ...more
I feel I have more insight into the person Brett was and who he tries to be now. It was enjoyable to read the process of song writing and creation for the band and it's made me want to listen to th ...more
If you're expecting the usual rock band story, look elsewhere.
In his own words, Brett Anderson, Suede's leader and author of this book, introduces the book: "So here I sit writing the book I said I wouldn't write."
Indeed, he did not write the book he said he wouldn't write. And it's because of this, that this is such a uniquely told story and beautiful book to read, not only for the fans and anyone else who appreciates the band and loves their music. But a b ...more
Yes, I didn’t want to write this but… that old chestnut. So let’s deal with the elephant in the room and its simply, you wouldn’t have gotten paid if you didn’t bring in the bacon, play (or in this case, talk about) the hits. For Anderson in AFTERNOONS WITH THE BLINDS DRAWN, the secon ...more
Brett Anderson is one of the growing band of rock stars who are as proficient as writers as they are as performers. He’s up there with Patti Smith & Viv Albertine in terms of rock memoirists.
Whilst not as compell ...more
I was a big Suede fan back in the day. I liked everything up to and including Head Music, some of it more than others. I also have Brett’s solo albums. The comeback stuff kind of lost me. I appreciate the themes but they aren’t exciting to me.
I skipped the first book and went straight to this one, finding the topic interesting.
I don’t think anyone would deny Brett is a very talented writer. I do find he skips over an awful lot. The writing is quite poeti ...more
The needlessly lengthy chapter introductions lose a bit of their luster, but again I found the candor, honesty and awareness of the writing refreshing. Brett most certainly acknowledged that he read his own press and knew stereotypes that existed about Suede and his lyric writing.
What Suede did with the first three albums and the accompanying single ...more
This is a rock biography with very little in the way of sex, drugs and rock n roll excesses - and its all the best for that.
Its an interesting and very perceptive memoir of his years in Suede from the point at which they start to gain recognition to their final collapse. A bit of distance and maturity allows us to view the various stages of band life with all the youthful bravado and bull**** wiped away.
Was also great to read this with youtube ...more
I haven’t read Coal Black Mornings yet, opting instead to wait for this more interesting, Suede-based segment of his writing. However, I now have faith that Anderson’s writing is strong enough to cover any period of his life that he feels like talking about.
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