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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Sources mined from his own past interviews as well as those directly tied to the writing of this book. I reviewed this without reading the extra chapter that was apparently written on Taylor Hawkins, as despite me purchasing this after it was added, it wasn't included in my Kindle version.

Still, if you are interested in the music business and rock music in particular, this is a book worth reading. Actually makes me think that not achieving my teenage dreams of becoming a rock star was probably a good thing. A very personalised take and view on the industry, unfortunately covering so much of the loss that comes with the inevitable highs of making it, especially in light of the recent loss to Taylor Hawkins to a drugs overdose (not covered).Anyone familiar with Ian Winwood's writing knows that he's more than capable of bringing broadsheet-quality appraisal to genres of rock music beloved by millions but considered beneath serious consideration by much of the mainstream media. Winwood tells a lot of stories about those who have suffered, those lost along the way, and asks why it keeps happening.

Ian Winwood's had a hard time of it himself, as someone who's as much a part of the scene as those on stage.

This is a book with an interesting theory (the damage done by the music industry, particularly in rock) with a subpar, mangled execution.

I found the content of this book quite astounding and got the same feeling of complicity that I felt on watching the Amy Winehouse documentary.On top of this the record companies do not come off well, depicted as using the musicians as commodities, making money out of tel gem and not looking out for their mental health - once in motion tours do not get cancelled if some of the band is struggling! A good read but maybe for all the wrong reasons - It’s a warts and all account which might take the edge of how you view the music industry going forward. That means longer periods living in an unreal environment where drink and drugs are ever-present, bad behaviour is indulged and where, at the lower end of the ladder, working conditions sound enough to make even the most level-headed musician consider rendering themselves insensible. There’s the bassist who severs a femoral artery while injecting drugs into his groin and watches as his toes turn black and drop off (his leg is later amputated); the grim fates that befell the frontmen of literally every major Seattle grunge band save Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder; the frail and oddly melancholy figure cut by Motörhead’s ostensibly defiant frontman Lemmy in his final years, with his evident regrets and his voice marked by “the aerosol-can rattle of someone thirsty for air”.

The conversation about mental health has become more public in recent years, although Winwood notes sharply that the music industry’s willingness to have that conversation seems “contingent on it not interfering with the workings of an unjust business model”. obsessed days and his latest book draws on many of the interviews he conducted in that time and since.If you're someone who cares about more than just the music - the musicians, the tours, the journalists - this is a sobering read. This discovery is the prism through which Ian examines a music industry that tolerates self-destructive behaviour and possesses an atmosphere far from conducive to good mental health – it’s hard to imagine, for instance, that the extremes of Ian’s behaviour wouldn’t have been more noticeable if he’d worked in another field.



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