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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Not a music journalist that I’d knowingly come across before, but from a slightly different era from when I was reading these publications on a regular basis. 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. The only thing i'm disappointed in with this edition is that it didn't include the chapter on Taylor Hawkins.

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.The author is clearly great friends with Frank Turner and he show horns the singer into so many pages it’s hilarious. Bodies is documentation of massive, gaping issues found within the music industry, from the grassroots level all the way to the cream of the multi-million-pound crop. Told in his relatable unpretentious northern tone, the book becomes a rock’n’roll version of James Grey’s slightly discredited A Million Little Pieces.

Part autobiography, part insight into the horrific world of the music industry, Bodies shines a light on the disgusting way record companies treat the source of their riches - the musicians themselves. 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 good read but maybe for all the wrong reasons - It’s a warts and all account which might take the edge of how you view the music industry going forward.He makes a compelling argument and overturns some long-held notions about "rock and roll excess" by deftly tying together a vast amount of information. 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.

As Daily Mail readers sometimes use the platform to know what they should be thinking rather than having a balanced view on something, many people used to use the publications to find out who they should be listening to, and this books shows how parts of it all works. Finally tipped over the edge, one British band’s drummer attempts to stab their guitarist during an argument over a spilled beer. In general, I just don't enjoy books written by music journalists, which is strange because I happily read music magazines. It’s telling that the most pro-active organisation Bodies describes is a charity partly funded by musicians themselves, which plans to set up hubs in venues and provide a kind of mental health MOT to audience members and performers alike. Bodies relates a number of incidents where an artist is pushed or feels impelled to work despite being clearly unwell, sometimes with terrible consequences.Winwood contemplates why creative people are drawn to such a lifestyle, and the ways in which creativity often comes with vulnerability. From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer.

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