0
Your cart

Your cart is empty

Books > Biography > Film, television, music, theatre

Buy Now

Things The Grandchildren Should Know (Paperback) Loot Price: R172
Discovery Miles 1 720
You Save: R107 (38%)

Share your images

Things The Grandchildren Should Know (Paperback)

Mark Oliver Everett

 (1 rating, sign in to rate)
List price R279 Loot Price R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 You Save R107 (38%)

Bookmark and Share

Expected dispatch within 7 - 12 working days

What it's like to be quite talented and yet very alone.One of those musicians whose work regularly graces critics' year-end polls, Everett records sometimes as E but more famously as head of the forward-looking alt-rock ensemble Eels. Normally that resume would be the loudest of warnings for readers to stay far away from this man's memoir. In defiance of expectations, however, it turns out to be a straightforward and resolutely unpretentious take on a life overflowing with gratuitous tragedy. Graced with brooding, inattentive parents and a loving but terminally unhinged sister, all of whom were dead before he could enjoy middle age, Everett grew up in the D.C. suburbs working lousy jobs and wheel-spinning away his life. An impulsive cross-country road trip to Los Angeles and three further years of miserable employment followed. A couple lucky breaks later, he was recording an album, touring the world and calling the likes of Aimee Mann his friends. This could have been just another self-indulgent musician's attempt to commit to prose some autobiographical songs. Instead, it's a harrowing mantra of loss and solitude, as depression and death dispose of one family member after another until Everett has nobody left but himself and the occasional crazy girlfriend. He delivers the bad news in exemplary prose, a calmly assured march of simple declarative sentences, scrubbed nearly clean of any artifice. This is entirely on purpose: "Out of respect for you, gentle reader," he writes, "I'm going to stick with the direct approach." There are times when Everett's style can be too simple, leading some sections to sound more like a tour diary than a memoir. But his refusal to wallow in self-pity - or self-indulgent writing - is both refreshing and bracing.A great big grin of a book, winced out through gritted teeth. (Kirkus Reviews)
How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In Things The Grandchildren Should Know Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of what it's like to grow up the insecure son of a genius in a wacky Virginia Ice Storm-like family. Left to run wild with his sister, his father off in some parallel universe of his own invention, Everett's upbringing was 'ridiculous, sometimes tragic and always unsteady'. But somehow he manages to not only survive his crazy upbringing and ensuing tragedies; he makes something of his life, striking out on a journey to find himself by channelling his experiences into his, eventually, critically acclaimed music with the Eels. But it's not an easy path. Told with surprising candour, Things The Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humour and wry wisdom.

General

Imprint: Abacus
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: July 2009
Authors: Mark Oliver Everett
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback • CD  CD
Pages: 245
ISBN-13: 978-0-349-12084-3
Categories: Promotions
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Film, television, music, theatre
Books > Biography > Film, television, music, theatre
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
LSN: 0-349-12084-6
Barcode: 9780349120843

Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate? Let us know about it.

Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image.

Is this product missing categories? Add more categories.

Review This Product

No reviews yet - be the first to create one!

Loyalty partners