Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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The pain in these pages isn't all historical, a revealing interview with Creeper bringing us up to the modern day. But beneath the surface lies a frightening truth: for years the music industry has tolerated death, addiction and exploitation in the name of entertainment. I read this over the course of a plane journey and it was entertaining enough, just ultimately very insubstantial. Ian speaks to Stuart Richardson, formerly of Lostprophets, about how the spiralling methamphetamine use and uncontrollable narcissism of Ian Watkins distracted everyone, including his bandmates, from discovering the true depravity that would result in the frontman being sentenced to 29 years in prison for sex crimes against children. It needed someone to take a second read through the book as parts (especially in the first half) were chaotic and a little difficult to follow.I really liked this book written by the talented music journalist Ian Winwood, noted for his contributions to Kerrang magazine among other musical writings and books. The lead singer became an egotistical liability, developing a drug problem that made him unreliable, alienated him from his bandmates and caused his teeth to start falling out.

Also not sure about his assertion that Brian Warner's (aka Marilyn Manson) career is over post allegations of abuse from multiple women. But life and death in music are much more than the febrile motions of drink and drugs, it is also the legal wranglings, the unspoken traditions and tribulations of bands trying to create and then survive.Behind this preposterously romantic, transgressive image lurks personal horror and tragedy, which Winwood recounts unsparingly, but with authentic empathy: the story of his own drink-and-drug fuelled collapse, which results in several stays in psychiatric hospitals, is woven through the book.

The guy seems likeable and honest and, even if I’m not a fan of most of the bands mentioned, the stories of life on the road were very interesting. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. It’s a captivating central spine that revisits encounters with several artists, including Trent Reznor, whose early career was defined by a darkness still inescapably referred to in interviews decades later. The must-read music book of the year, now with a brand new chapter covering the death of Taylor Hawkins and his massive Wembley memorial concert.

It's a moving, poignant and sometimes harrowing account of musicians struggles with depression, addiction and other mental health concerns. Despite those horrors, Winwood appears hopeful, and it is the credit of great writing that a reader does not feel that same despair and fear so brutally explained by Winwood's personalised account. The music industry has a gigantic, dangerous problem that is ruining musicians’ lives — and I, the punter, am fuelling that problem.

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