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  1. Lawrence Lawrence says:

    There's probably no band that captures the zeitgeist of my the 90s than Suede I still vividly remember seeing the video for Animal Nitrate on late night TV and rushing into the city the next day to buy the debut album on tape That song and video sounded so fresh and new but also instantly familiar It was sexy and glamorous but also grim and grimy and evocative of the brown and orange memories of the 1970s and early 80s of my childhood I played Suede on the bus to and from university every day for months and months its two sides filling the length of my commute almost perfectly to the point where most days I'd be stepping off the bus at the Victoria Street bus depot to the fading strains of The Next Life Fast forward 25 years and I'm still a lifer for that band Every album every single fanclub magazines bootlegs the odd tee shirtAnderson's book is a wonderful thing It's incredibly evocative and beautifully written Ending just as Suede signed to Saul Galpern's Nude Records this isn't a warts'n'all rock bio about the excesses of life on the road It's a story about Anderson's childhood growing up poor in the kind of dead end commuter town that populate so many Suede songs Its a story about family and friendships and young people bonding over the redemptive power of records There's not a lot of new information about the formation of the band that you won't know if you've read David Barnett's excellent Suede biography but for anyone who has obsessed over Suede's songs it's a fascinating document about Brett's writing processes and the people friends relative neighbours specific places that informed those early songs

  2. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    I saw Brett Anderson discuss 'Coal Black Mornings' at the 2018 Brighton Festival and it was this which convinced me to read it I'm glad I did it’s a wonderful read 'Coal Black Mornings' ends just as Suede get their record deal and finally start gaining their unstoppable momentum however prior to this there were years of playing to tiny audiences 'Coal Black Mornings' which focusses on Brett’s early life and the pre fame years is therefore not the standard rock memoir It’s all the better for it tooAfter describing Brett’s impoverished childhood and unusual family 'Coal Black Mornings' is a beautifully written meditation on his life in early 1990s London which includes his seminal relationship with Justine Frischmann and how he met the rest of SuedeThere’s loads to enjoy and appreciate indeed my only criticism is that Brett chose to end the story when he did although I understand his reasons for doing so45

  3. Roberto Roberto says:

    Oh Brett I do love him I sped through this and enjoyed how it leaned towards a meditation on fatherhood and his newly found perspective of his own childhood through that It is a thoughtful generous book about how poverty grief and heartbreak all kind of exposed him to this deeper artistic expression It's easy to forget how vital and transgressive Suede were in the early 90's and Brett remains classy and Suede remain great

  4. Cathy Cathy says:

    I knew I would have to read this book in just a few intense shifts A few pages in and I was delighted by Anderson's intelligent concise and playful storytelling His early years particularly fascinated me before reading this I knew very little and had somehow misunderstood his background thinking he had been raised by a single father now realising I had his life confused with someone else So I am glad to have a much better understanding of Brett Anderson's childhood years especially as I can relate to them in many ways the salad cream fighting parents making do and than anything being an outsider His youthful years beyond childhood are written about with wit and affection for others His relationships with Justine and Bernard are pivotal and absolutely needed to be written about Here one might wish for much but I am not surprised by the succinct telling given here no 'too much information' or any suggestion of reckless bitterness I don't know why I was surprised to find her name in this book but when I got to page 179 and the Canadian Laura I had an aha moment my six degrees of separation moment A few years on and I would meet and spend time with Laura myself as she and I were two of a small group of students studying Creative Writing I knew from Laura that she knew Brett etc but not much And Laura where are you? I was so sure your razor edged writing would be published and you would soar And you always listened so carefully to me Anderson's description of London in the early 90's is real to me I also had a love affair with London at this time living right on the edge end of the Met line Mine was a different experience one of falling in love with theatre land and art But though the parts of London I knew well in the 90's were different Anderson still describes to me a place I knew not just a place but a shifting time in London's history that general mood of gloom and vacuum the ghostly dregs of the eighties hanging about on street corners the dirt tobacco and windswept empty suaresThe latter parts of this book seemed to fly by with so much happening and yet not happening The band's struggle to develop as songwriters and gain recognition comes across as genuine hard work with no pleas for sympathy Many others would have uit But knowing Brett's early life one understands this just was not an option for him personally I particularly like the focus of the book being Anderson's early years and stopping just before the 'big time' of success That works for me The foreword is an important opener it states clearly why the book was written for Brett's son And in some ways I feel like a voyeur or someone who has looked inside a gift box knowing the contents are really intended for just one person

  5. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    When I first heard Brett Anderson was releasing a memoir I'm not too ashamed to admit my first thought was Ooh I wonder what he'll have to say about the whole The Tears experience or Damon Albarn The man is known to be pretty acerbic after all By the time I actually sat down to read the book I was aware that it wasn't going to be that kind of book but I was still a bit puzzled by how Brett was going to write this book but just end it when Suede became successfulCoal Black Mornings follows a roughly chronological structure but Anderson uses recounting the events of his past as jumping off point to explore how they made him the person he is today In that way it is a bit different from many memoirs In some ways it reminded me of Robert Webb's excellent How Not To Be a BoyFor fans of Suede and Anderson it probably won't come as a surprise that the book is a little pretentious at times Generally it didn't affect my enjoyment of it I love a bit of purple prose I am a Suede fan after all However there were a couple of times I found myself rolling my eyes at an unnecessarily obscure word choice or similar In saying that it's a very good book Anderson's tales of his childhood his family and later his friends are genuinely touching He draws a vivid picture of his surrounds and just like with his songwriting you easily find yourself swept up in the atmosphere Once I started reading I found it hard to stop I read the whole book in one night staying up far too late to finish itI also really enjoyed the sections where he discussed discovering the various music that influenced him but I always enjoy reading about that kind of thing I loved that he actually talked a lot about the songwriting process this is surprisingly rare in rock star memoirs and I find it fascinatingBy the time I reached the end of Coal Black Mornings it did feel like a whole story I wasn't left feeling unsatisfied when the book ended with Suede being signed to Nude Records but I did want to keep reading and would gladly read another instalment in the unlikely event Brett Anderson ever decides to revisit the subjectI also even had one of my initial gossipy uestions answered because he had only nice things to say about The Tears and Bernard Butler

  6. Andrew Andrew says:

    Coal Black Mornings is an essential read for anyone who lived through Britpop in the 90s and anyone who wants a fresh take on the rock autobiography It's the artfulness of restraint that marks this book out with Brett's story finishing while Suede were on the cusp of success stepping away from the gratification of chronicling those glory years Instead Brett traces a dog legged route from his unconventional childhood in a pebbledash council flat on the outskirts of nowhere through early formative friendships and his first love and to the formation of his 'gang' the nascent Suede It's not a given that talented songwriting will necessarily translate to long prose but Brett achieves this lifting and shifting his skill for detailing the sualor blandness and camaraderie of his Outsiders' England from lyrics for 'By the Sea' 'Modern Boys' 'The Power' etc to his early life storyNot only is the book compelling and well written but Brett comes across as likeable and self deprecating giving himself criticism and credit in eual measure I haven't liked a pop star as much since encountering the Elvis of Peter Guralnick's 'Last Train to Memphis' a couple of years agoCoal Black Mornings is worthy and along with Suede's elegiac 2016 album Night Thoughts represents a comeback a re invention It's up there with Luke Haines' 'Bad Vibes Britpop and My Part in its Downfall' and Louise Wener's 'Different for GirlsJust for One Day' as the essential memoirs of Britpop

  7. Victoria Sadler Victoria Sadler says:

    I did umm and aah a bit about whether this was a three star review rather than a four star but I flew through this and I was much impressed with its honesty so you know what I'm in a generous moodSuede were always one of the most underrated British band a group with a uniue sound and fluid visual in an era of hyper masculinity and Brit pop groups in fighting And in this memoir frontman Brett takes us behind the scenes in a look back upon his life his younger years and the early beginnings of Suede to reveal a man born into a very British poverty to a family flooded with disappointments and dead end lives much like all of us who embarked on a path to pop fame What I liked most about this book is that it stops just as Suede sign their record contract so the focus here is very much on Brett's formative years before the corruption and oddities of fame took over his life There's his childhood in Hemel Hempstead his first thoughts on music and an analysis of the roots of Suede's sound and the fluid sexuality they expressedO course this being Brett Anderson I feel this memoir does take itself a bit too seriously at times This is a book that has a lot of embellished descriptions and metaphors in it It does feel a little too earnest in place like it's trying too hard The title of this book being an example The phrase 'Coal Black Mornings' is used SEVEN times in this book and you do get a bit 'yes i get it a clever phrase' But in a funny way that is very Brett so perhaps that's appropriate for this evidently honest and self analytical memoir

  8. James Hartley James Hartley says:

    A classy evocative spare poetic vivid autobiography written by Anderson for his son about his own fatherIt tells of his upbringing in light but touching detail running around a housing estate swinging on lamp posts while high on mushrooms and captures the weird melancholy of growing up in an unhappy but normal family The time in this case is the 70s the place England but the story is universalAnderson gets the tone right from the start and plays the whole thing straight To make it work he cuts the jokes and dialogue largely but there´s a wry tone to the whole thing too a delight in details like Tivvy´s and the plastic glasses in the student´s union His evocation of the times he grew up or less in the years I did was to my mind spot on and far less forced than most novels and particularly TV shows or documentaries His 70s suburbia and 90s London were mine too and I remember them like he doesWell recommended for anyone with any interest in music or autobiography It´s a lovely moody mood piece

  9. Al Al says:

    This really got rave reviews and was named Uncut's Book of the Year I am a big Suede fan so this was a no brainer for meIn many ways this is a very ordinary rock bio It suffers from the fact I finished Johnny Marr's book not that long ago Marr does a good job of describing the same English background and manages to share his band's story and come across like your best friend at the pubYou don't learn much about Suede which I suppose is this book's strength and weakness I suspect its plaudits lie on the fact anyone can pick it up and relate to itAnother strength is Anderson is self aware enough that it's possible there's no better Brett biographer than Brett himself He knows his weaknesses as well as his strengths He can identify when he was being immature and also where he is talented In any case he comes across as a believable narratorAll those Suede moments are there Justine those sexuality uotes the time Mike Joyce showed up to answer an ad for a 'drummer who sounds like Mike Joyce plus a few Momus cameo the origin of Modern Life is Rubbish; but they are all brief You will get a few insights into songs but they are besides the pointIt's a short book which probably works in its favor ending when the band signs to Nude RecordsMileage may vary with the reader and this book and even certain sections may have that effect The fact that it focuses on the aspect of youth and young manhood probably will work to many readers' benefit and will be fine for Suede die hards but will likely disappoint those wanting some Britpop gossip and trash talk

  10. Tosh Tosh says:

    It is my interest to read memoirs that focus on the early years of its subject matter due that I wrote a memoir Tosh City Lights Books that does the same thing Brett Anderson is the lyricistsongwriter and vocalist for the British band Suede A band that I had mixed feelings for but since I read this book by Anderson I re listened to his work with Suede and now I appreciate their music and stance in British pop music of the 1990s And they are still around making interesting music Still I didn't know what Coal Black Mornings will bring to the literary memoir table It's delicious Like a Suede song Anderson captures the English landscape of poverty and struggling with a family that is partly eccentric especially the dad and the rush of growing up with nothing yet there is a future if one takes it by the ears and shake it a bit here and there Born in a situation where Anderson felt trapped it is art both literature and music which saved his hide This book in a sense is a tribute to being focused on what you want to do and not to lose sight of that goal or the world you want to obtain The book ends as Suede signs the recording contract with Nude Records but the build up to that point is a delightful read from a superb prose writer He does get 'flowery' time to time but it also serves him personality or character wise as well My main problem with Suede is not the aesthetics but that their references to their culture are apparent Saying that and especially after reading this book I think I'm a tad of a snob to criticize them for that alone The fact is that they can write songs like Trash while not totally original is nevertheless a beautiful pop record with an excellent catchy chorus And Coal Black Mornings deals with that subject matter with Anderson's approach to the songwriting craft and his ability to stand alone along with his bandmates to work on the final product until they find it suitable I'm not sure what Anderson is like in person but in this book he's very nice to his fellow musicians and seems to be very fair minded chap So this is not a gossipy book or one where he settles old scores but of an upbeat tale of his youth and hard work to obtain his vision In theory these type of books are a bore but due to his writing skills and insightful way he can describe London in such poetic but realistic terms this book is a real winner

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Coal Black Mornings ❮Download❯ ➸ Coal Black Mornings Author Brett Anderson – 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 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 SuedeAnderson 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 Coal Black PDF or 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 suats 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 209 pages
  • Coal Black Mornings
  • Brett Anderson
  • English
  • 21 September 2015
  • 9781408710500