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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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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. 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. Perhaps this was intentional; the author spends time boasting about the amount of coke he was shoveling up his beak, but this means that stories about individuals are only hinted at or loosely defined. It blends this with a genuine insight into mental health issues that can plague any of us, regardless of ages, sex or perceived success. 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.

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. This isn’t your normal collection of titilating and salacious tales of excess (As undeniably enjoyable as they can be); it’s something much more important than that. This book is incredible in the way it gets behind the scenes to tell Ian's own devasting story of loss and mental illness as a casualty of the music scene that he loves.The pain in these pages isn't all historical, a revealing interview with Creeper bringing us up to the modern day.

Winwood is excoriatingly honest in his appraisal of both the artists and himself, in this visceral examination of art, drugs, mental health and music. Even though we're all familiar with the history of the Lostprophets lead singer (I refuse to mention him by name), it's still very, very hard to read that particular bit. A band with a singer who was a predator hiding in plain sight (very plain sight as there were forum posts warning fans about him years before his arrest) and the remaining members who have had their life's work flushed away in a manner only members of the Glitter Band have experienced.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. Bodies is unflinching with its harsh truths, and Winwood’s anecdotal approach to these flows with extreme merit.

I found this book disturbing, but ultimately positive as, for the author himself and bands still making music now there seems to be an improvement. Instead we have the author's descent into My Drug Hell, which is boring, because there is only ever one My Drug Hell story you get to read: It was fun, then it was bad, then it was worse, then I was desperate and thought I would die, more of this, moment of light, I'm OK now. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Perhaps this book should be compulsory reading for anyone thinking about starting a career in music? A sensitive, raw and fascinating look at substance abuse and mental health within the music industry.

Despite those horrors, Winwood appears hopeful, and it is the credit of great writing that a reader does not feel that same despair and fear so brutally explained by Winwood's personalised account. But name dropping aside it’s part rock biography by a man who has seen a lot and part a record of his own downfall and battle with addiction, and he’s very honest about that.

The only thing i'm disappointed in with this edition is that it didn't include the chapter on Taylor Hawkins. 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.

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