The most honest and unsparing grunge memoir ever committed to the page by one of the greatest alternative rock stars of the past thirty years
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
"Mark Lanegan-primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?" NICK CAVE
"A stoned cold classic" IAN RANKIN
'Mark Lanegan writes like he sings, from the pained heart of a damaged soul with brutal honesty' BOBBY GILLESPIE
"Powerfully written and brutally, frighteningly honest" LUCINDA WILLIAMS
A ROUGH TRADE AND MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR
From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, Mark Lanegan takes us back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and saturated with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favourites with an enduring legacy, and tells of his own personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends.
Gritty, gripping and unflinchingly raw, SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP is about a man who learned how to drag himself from the wreckage, dust off the ashes, and keep living and creating.
'The most brutally honest rock memoir imaginable' DAILY TELEGRAPH
Raw, ravaged and personal - a stoned cold classic
Sing Backwards and Weep is powerfully written and brutally, frighteningly honest. First thought that came to my mind was, 'Mark Lanegan gives the term 'bad boy' a whole new meaning.' These are gritty, wild tales of hardcore drugs, sex, and grunge. But this is also the story of a soulful artist who refused the darkness when it tried to swallow him whole. And who found redemption through grace and the power of his unique and brilliant music. Finally, the song becomes truth. And the truth becomes song
A mesmerising trip to the dark side that in places is so gloriously bleak it achieves a kind of Grand Guignol comedy. Written in blood, with true intensity, it becomes an instant classic of the genre
A dark tale of dysfunctional normality and diseased reality. At war with the world and himself, Mark Lanegan writes like he sings, from the pained heart of a damaged soul with brutal honesty
A bloody, brawling, dope-fueled tour of his personal battlefields ... This isn't just a warts-and-all admission; it's a blackout - and overdose-rich confessional marked by guilt and shame. It's also not a redemption song, but like any other train wreck, it's impossible to look away. A stunning tally of the sacrifices that sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll demand of its mortal instruments - Kirkus
Mark Lanegan first hit the scene as the front man for Screaming Trees, the Ellensburg, Washington, band that quickly became associated with the Seattle grunge scene. Between 1986 and 1996 the band released seven studio albums. Lanegan released his first solo album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990 and has released several more since. He is also known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age. Lanegan lives in Los Angeles.