Bodies: Life and Death in Music
‘Finally, a book about the music industry that tells the truth … a visceral examination of art, drugs, mental health and music.’ FRANK TURNER
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The must-read music book of the year, as heard on Steve Lamacq, The Times Radio & 5LIVE, and extracted in Rolling Stone & the Daily Telegraph
‘Required reading’ Irish Times ‘Electrifying’ Kerrang ‘Genuinely eye-popping’ Guardian ‘Essential’ Classic Rock
‘Harrowing, hilarious and important.’ FRANK TURNER
Money, freedom, adoring fans: professional musicians seem to have it all. But beneath the surface lies a frightening truth: for years the music industry has tolerated death, addiction and exploitation in the name of entertainment.
In Bodies, Ian Winwood explores the industry’s reluctance to confront its many failures in a far-reaching story which features first-hand access to artists such as Foo Fighters, Green Day, Trent Reznor, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon, Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan, Pearl Jam. Much more than a touchline reporter, Winwood also tells the tale of his own mental-health collapse following the shocking death of his father. Written with warmth, humour and bracing honesty, Bodies is a deeply personal story and essential reading for musicians and fans alike.
‘He makes a compelling argument and overturns some long-held notions about “rock and roll excess” by deftly tying together a vast amount of information...and liberally lacing it with dark, self-deprecating humour.’
Winwood is a witty writer as well as a wise one and his book, which skilfully weaves in his own story of mental health issues, should be required reading for music fans and music makers.
This is the ugly truth. And It's an essential read.
A robust analysis of the music industry's apparent death drive ... Winwood draws on his decades of interviewing bands in dressing rooms and tour buses - not to mention his own bracingly described drug hell - to examine why the industry attracts so many people vulnerable to addiction and mental health problems.
I urge absolutely everyone in bands, the music industry and otherwise to read 'Bodies' by IanWinwood immediately. A sensitive, raw and fascinating look at substance abuse and mental health within the music industry. It felt like a cosmic signal reading it now.
This is an important book.
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