Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Finally, a book about the music industry that tells the truth … a visceral examination of art, drugs, mental health and music. A real peek behind the curtain at the music industry, I had to keep stopping and starting this book as it took me to some dark places and was a little triggering. There is a significant amount of personal history in here, which is interesting on its own - but it’s not really what it has been billed as.

Rather than providing a comprehensive overview and making arguments based on critical analysis, this is more of a memoir - with first hand accounts and anecdotes from the author’s time as a music journalist. It is also a book that touches on relationships between fathers and sons in a way that seems pleasantly tangential.This is an excellent music book from an author who is very well placed to comment on the music world given his years of journalistic experience. It needed someone to take a second read through the book as parts (especially in the first half) were chaotic and a little difficult to follow.

Sources mined from his own past interviews as well as those directly tied to the writing of this book.My Chemical Romance, the original Misfits (performing Walk Among Us in full) and Nine Inch Nails will top the bill at this year’s long-awaited Riot Fest. For all its aims and the author's undoubted experience in this world, there is nothing as powerful as the first five minutes of the Elvis film, where they stick his head in a bucket of cold water to revive him and get him on stage No Matter What.

Winwood's narrative of mental health decline and substance excess among the industry is woven in with his own experience with substance abuse and mental health decline. And, running alongside it all, there’s the very human story of Winwood’s own descent into addiction, triggered by a personal tragedy. It should be a harrowing read, and it frequently is: that it doesn’t make you despair entirely is down to Winwood’s skill as a prose stylist. The book also deviates to talk about the difficulties for women working in the industry, the sexism and the abuse.Behind this preposterously romantic, transgressive image lurks personal horror and tragedy, which Winwood recounts unsparingly, but with authentic empathy: the story of his own drink-and-drug fuelled collapse, which results in several stays in psychiatric hospitals, is woven through the book.

If you were under any delusions about how glamorous the music is , then this book will certainly make you think again, and maybe the ones on stage who seem to have it all aren't quite as lucky as we all think they are. But while these elders and kind-hearted individuals are doing their best, the industry itself has a ways to go. With Bodies, he gives the music industry mental health a degree of serious consideration that's clearly long overdue and does so in a way that's sometimes shocking and ultimately full of empathy and compassion. A good read but maybe for all the wrong reasons - It’s a warts and all account which might take the edge of how you view the music industry going forward. I really enjoyed the author’s forays into memoir, especially the unbelievable and unjust experience with his dad.

I think he has brought his own problems and those living in plain sight within the industry together in an amazing way. The book struggled to stick to the topic, and it didn't answer questions, only reaching one conclusion as the possible cause of addiction and death in music business. There’s a look at the damage Ian Watkins wreaked not just upon children but, in a wider sense, on his bandmates.

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