Things the Grandchildren Should Know

Things the Grandchildren Should Know

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Growing up in the Virginia suburbs, Mark Oliver Everett was to roam unsupervised with his sister, Liz, while his mother combated depression and his father, the eccentric and acclaimed quantum physicist Hugh Everett, remained distant and obsessed by parallel universes of his own creation.  (Everett writes, "As a little kid, I had a hard time with the realization that inanimate objects didn't have feelings or thoughts. I remember being on the verge of tears, standing there in the bathroom,as my mom tried to make me understand that the bathroom cabinet wasn't going to be hurt if I closed it too hard. I thought of the bathroom cabinet as one of my friends. Maybe I was confused because I thought of my father as a piece of furniture.") First, the author lost his father to heart failure, and then-in a staggeringly short period of time-his sister to schizophrenia and suicide and his mother to cancer. The author drew upon the relentless tragedies in his life for inspirationin writing highly acclaimed music with his indie rock group, the Eels.  Yet this is much more than a musician's tale. A true gem of a memoir, Everett's story is a rich and poignant narrative on coming of age, love, death, and the creative vision.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312385132
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 15, 2017

This memoir by Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a. E), frontman/songwriter for the EELS, is fascinating, funny and sad. He is a wonderful writer, and I like his writing voice just as much as I like his singing voice. He has led an interesting life and has a lot to say about the music industry, life and loss. He shares very personal stories which have influenced his lyrics and approach to being a musician. I recommend this book for even casual fans of the EELS or those who just like musician biographies and autobiographies.

ebmac2 Mar 01, 2012

Let me start out by saying that i did not mean to read this book, my dad gave it to me saying that he thought i would really like it because i had been in the process, and still am, of reading music autobiographies and i made a step from reading Marilyn Manson's book to this one and this book was great! My dad was right i loved this book start to finish, it showed how fragile the human soul could be and how hard life can be but, the author also shows insight and humor through his depression and shines light on his dark times, in the end the book was great and devastating through most of it the author keeps making great music and this book shows why and what he's been through even if you never heard the music before this book is worth reading just like me who never listened to the music but read the book and really enjoyed it.


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