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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A Kerrang lifer whose words have brought tonnes of artists to life, he got swept up in the substances too. Ian speaks to Stuart Richardson, formerly of Lostprophets, about how the spiralling methamphetamine use and uncontrollable narcissism of Ian Watkins distracted everyone, including his bandmates, from discovering the true depravity that would result in the frontman being sentenced to 29 years in prison for sex crimes against children. There are lots of interesting stories and as I've said, some very difficult ones to read; I stopped reading Kerrang!

The first hand accounts of events in the author’s own life and his battles with mental health are just as interesting as the tales of those well known names through the book and are arguably more valuable.That means longer periods living in an unreal environment where drink and drugs are ever-present, bad behaviour is indulged and where, at the lower end of the ladder, working conditions sound enough to make even the most level-headed musician consider rendering themselves insensible. Winwood makes a compelling argument and overturns some long-held notions about "rock and roll excess" by deftly tying together a vast amount of information .

Gutting details, triumphant moments that anyone in the field will have latched to after their first byline, but without the impressive addition of actually meeting the bandmates as Winwood often does. In Bodies, author Ian Winwood explores the music industry’s many failures, from addiction and mental health issues to its ongoing exploitation of artists. A peek behind the curtains at the mental health struggles so many people in the music industry suffer from. Seven years stooped in darkness, inhaling coal dust, gave this sweet and modest man license to provide his music journalist son, Ian, with some lessons in perspective. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.interspersed with his own story of dealing with a serious addiction, this book mostly focuses on stories of bands with mental illness and how the industry doesn’t support them. some of the reviews I'd read gave the impression of a disjointed narrative, or disapointment that there weren't more a-list celeb anecdotes in here. Actually makes me think that not achieving my teenage dreams of becoming a rock star was probably a good thing. Listen to the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross-produced songs Even It Out and North, taken from Fever Ray’s recent-released album Radical Romantics. It ends relatively happily, with its author sober, stable and married, and with some faint glimmers of hope on the horizon for the music world.

Finished the book feeling very strongly that Lennon was right about the men in suits who take the bulk of the money generated from the sales of the music made by creative but naive people. Also I am sorry for once thinking that Nick Cave made better music when he was a heroin addict, I'd rather he was well. The question of what the music industry does next is one it’s started to answer incrementally, concludes a three-years sober Ian, though it’s happened all too slowly. The pain in these pages isn't all historical, a revealing interview with Creeper bringing us up to the modern day. Those encounters and much of the text within come with a blinkered, flashing red light that acts as a real warning about the dangers of the industry and anyone near to it.Ian Winwood is a music journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Kerrang! It’s also an environment with a history of heavily skewed power dynamics open to all manner of abuses.

he 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, and what happens to them once they are plugged into its dysfunctional amps.A brutally honest, horrifying, but fascinating look at the world of music and what it does to the creative people who are involved in it. I didn't realise that this book would also be about Ian's descent into addiction (and recovery); if at least one person reads it and it resonates with them and they seek help (be they a musican or not), great (not doing it justice but I hope you get what I mean. Of pushing on beyond that need for a break, of reliance on drink, drugs and the rock and roll atmosphere that was so cool for the time but is now explored in this revisionist period as a problematic cause of a great many deaths. Visceral, empathetic, profound and affecting, Winwood’s book operates on a number of levels: as a j’accuse of the music industry not only in its failure to safeguard those who operate within in but for the ways it drives them to addiction and self-destruction; as a plea for greater awareness of mental health issues within said industry; as a cautionary tale of how said industry pulls into its destructive orbit associated practitioners, most notably music journalists; as a memoir of personal loss, grief and aftermath; as a threnody for those who didn’t survive; and as a hymn to those who did.



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