Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn (Hardback)
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Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 03/10/2019
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The second volume of memoirs from the engaging Suede frontman moves into the decadent whirlwind of the Britpop era, and finds Anderson battling addiction, narcissism and explosive creative tension within the band. Unflinchingly honest and elegantly written, Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn provides an intoxicating snapshot of a turbulent cultural era.

'A compelling personal account of the dramas of a singular British band' - Neil Tennant

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 - gigs at ULU, the Powerhaus and the Old Trout in Windsor - and the dispiriting experience of playing a set to an audience of one. But in these halcyon days, their potential was undeniable. Anderson's creative partnership with guitarist Bernard Butler exposed a unique and brilliant hybrid of lyric and sound; together they were a luminescent team - burning brightly and creating some of the era's most revered songs and albums.

In Afternoons with the Blinds drawn, Anderson unflinchingly explores his relationship with addiction, heartfelt in the regret that early musical bonds were severed, and clear-eyed on his youthful persona. 'As a young man . . . I oscillated between morbid self-reflection and vainglorious narcissism' he writes. His honesty, sharply self-aware and articulate, makes this a compelling autobiography, and a brilliant insight into one of the most significant bands of the last quarter century.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408711842
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'You're unlikely to read another music biography quite as honestly reflective as this one' - The Express

'Anderson's writing is as he is in real life: sharp, unsparing and sensitive.' - The Observer

'A compelling personal account of the dramas of a singular British band' - Neil Tennant

'Anderson writes with a combination of guarded introspection and detachment...he conjures a cracked and confused persona, fumbling his way through a bizarre early adulthood, by turns gleefully hedonistic and wantonly self-destructive, hardworking and profligate, egotistical and insecure, a character more likely to be seen shuffling around in a dressing-grown smoking fags and staring out the window than prancing on the stage... Afternoons With the Blinds Drawn is another milestone in a flourishing latterday career' - The Guardian

'True to his word, this is another music book that steers away from the expected... it has a brazen confidence and it's rarely dull. As such, Afternoons With the Blinds Down is a worthy successor to Coal Black Mornings. I look forward to the third installment, in which Anderson hits middle age, which will surely be called Evenings Under the Electric Blanket.' - Ed Potton, The Times

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“'The Book I Said I Wouldn't Write'”

Brett Anderson, co-founder of the iconic 1990s English indie rock back Suede, made an exceptional literary debut with his 2018 memoir, Coal Black Mornings, which surprised readers and charmed critics, in part because... More

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“Clear-eyed, lyrical and candid”

Anderson's brilliant debut memoir Coal Black Mornings wasn't your typical rock star biog. Focusing not on the dazzling highs of Suede through their incredible rise to stardom or even the messy lows, he chose... More

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