Coal Black Mornings (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 03/01/2019
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Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede.

Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties. As a teenager he clashed with his eccentric taxi-driving father (who would parade around their council house dressed as Lawrence of Arabia, air-conducting his favourite composers) and adored his beautiful, artistic mother.

He brilliantly evokes the seventies, the suffocating discomfort of a very English kind of poverty and the burning need for escape that it breeds. Anderson charts the shabby romance of creativity as he travelled the tube in search of inspiration, fuelled by Marmite and nicotine, and Suede's rise from rehearsals in bedrooms, squats and pubs. And he catalogues the intense relationships that make and break bands as well as the devastating loss of his mother.

Coal Black Mornings is profoundly moving, funny and intense - a book which stands alongside the most emotionally truthful of personal stories.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408710487
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 126 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A remarkable feat, utterly true. This decade's Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius -- Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X and Girlfriend in a Coma
Coal Black Mornings is a triumph . . . a bracingly honest work raised way above the celeb book fray by Anderson's obvious talent for writing . . . revelatory and delivered with writerly panache -- John Harris * Mojo *
Fascinating . . . gorgeously written. On more than one occasion it made we well up . . . most certainly not just for the fan club * Guardian *
A rich, sad and honest tale -- Olivia Cole * GQ *
Beautifully crafted and brilliantly well-written . . . his memoir is a thought-provoking meditation on how our childhoods form the people we become, as well as a love letter to London . . . The book is perfect as it is, but there's no question that we need a second volume -- Anna van Praagh * Evening Standard *
Coal Black Mornings is excellent: evocative, thoughtful and frank; an instant hit in a minor key. Anderson is particularly good on his unusual upbringing . . . as accomplished a writer of elegant prose as he was of narcotically enhanced lyrics about urban ennui -- Neil Armstrong * Mail on Sunday *
a thrillingly energetic, bracingly entertaining snapshot of a writer hitting his first full flush, leaving you wishing two things. One: that you'd formed a band. Two: that he changes his mind about documenting the coke-blurred mornings to come * Record Collector *
An ineffably romantic coming-of-age story; a beautiful reminder of the magic that happens round the edges * Sunday Times *
Generous, funny, poignant * Financial Times *
Perfect prose, thanks to which Coal Black Mornings does the job of describing the beauty in the banality better than any music memoir since Patti Smith's sublime Just Kids * Classic Pop *
His memoir is melancholy and evocative, a dreamy ballad recalling the time before the drugs and the band break-up * Sunday Express *
Personal and moving, unpolished and demure . . . Coal Black Mornings is a bravura performance * Times Literary Supplement *
Revealing, funny and moving * Mail on Sunday *

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“Great read”

This is a great read, it brings back vivid memories from the 1970's to the earlier 90's . I'm just a bit older than the author so I can relate to era in question. The writing is interesting and... More

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