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Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

by Mark Lanegan
Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

by Mark Lanegan


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This gritty bestselling memoir by the singer Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and Soulsavers documents his years as a singer and drug addict in Seattle in the '80s and '90s.

When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' roll." Little did he know that within less than a decade he would rise to fame as the frontman of the Screaming Trees and then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict, all the while watching some of his closest friends rocket to the forefront of popular music.

In Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and dripping with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of the Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favorites that scored a hit number five single on Billboard's alternative charts and landed a notorious performance on Late Night with David Letterman, where Lanegan appeared sporting a fresh black eye from a brawl the night before. This book also dives into Lanegan's personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends. From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive underlining beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history-from a survivor who lived to tell the tale.

Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, Sing Backwards and Weep is a book about more thanjust an extraordinary singer who watched hisdreams catch fire and incinerate the groundbeneath his feet. It's about a man who learnedhow to drag himself from the wreckage, dust offthe ashes, and keep living and creating.

"Mark Lanegan—primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?" —Nick Cave, author of The Sick Bag Song and The Death of Bunny Munro

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306922787
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/27/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 16,574
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Lanegan released his first solo album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. His most recent album is Straight Songs ofSorrow. His singular body of work encompasses dozens of albums both solo and collaborative. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Childhood of a Fiend 3

2 The Fragile Kingdom 25

3 Seduced, Fucked 43

4 If You Start Again, It Will Be as Though You'd Never Stopped 56

5 Meatloaf 68

6 Tiny Daggers 77

7 Fired, Rehired, and a Thousand Forms of Fear 82

8 Nice Wardrobe 96

9 Yeah, This Is the Cops! 102

10 House of Pain 107

11 Drinking Bloody Water 113

12 Strung Out and Exhausted 119

13 Enjoying the Idiot 124

14 Not Bad, Young Fella 132

15 Take Me to the River 141

16 Jeffrey Lee Pierce 148

17 Did You Call for the Night Porter? 155

18 It's Genius, Don't You Hear It? 158

19 Spanking the Monkey 163

20 Parasite Child 166

21 Days Gone Dark 171

22 Wilderness of Horrors 175

23 Go Fuck a Donkey 179

24 Back to the Needle 181

25 Night Out with Jerry 184

26 Seasons of Madness 187

27 Miss Australia 1971 192

28 Payback, the Bitch 200

29 The Lottery 205

30 Lucky 210

31 Is This Love? 217

32 Family Reunion 220

33 I Smoked Weed-HIV-Positive 231

34 Gold for Garbage 239

35 One Heavy Tear 244

36 Wu Tang to Waylon 248

37 Secret Death Games 259

38 See You in Miami, Mate! 263

39 Absence and Hardship 275

40 Ice-Cold European Funhouse 283

41 Cotton Fever 311

42 Last Rungs 321

43 Psychic Storms, Epiphany, and Rebirth 327

Epilogue: The Wolf in Seal's Clothing 331

Acknowledgments 333

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