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
The first chapter of ...more
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
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.
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 ...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 ...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 ...more
(Adapted from Wikipedia.)