Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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Bodies: Life and Death in Music is as harsh and unremitting a piece as it is deeply moving and warm. The question of what the music industry does next is one it’s started to answer incrementally, concludes a three-years sober Ian, though it’s happened all too slowly. I urge absolutely everyone in bands, the music industry and otherwise to read 'Bodies' by IanWinwood immediately. Photograph: Anders Birch/ROCKPHOTO/EPA View image in fullscreen Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy, whose voice had the ‘rattle of someone thirsty for air’. But for Winwood, it’s also a telling story: Watkins’s bandmates and management were aware that he had problems, and had attempted to help, but had no idea how bad things actually were, because the problems they thought Watkins had were so commonplace within the music industry, where drug addiction and “gruelling and maddeningly dysfunctional behaviour” are normalised.

Also not sure about his assertion that Brian Warner's (aka Marilyn Manson) career is over post allegations of abuse from multiple women. This is a book with an interesting theory (the damage done by the music industry, particularly in rock) with a subpar, mangled execution.The first hand accounts of events in the author’s own life and his battles with mental health are just as interesting as the tales of those well known names through the book and are arguably more valuable. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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. Visceral, empathetic, profound and affecting, Winwood’s book operates on a number of levels: as a j’accuse of the music industry not only in its failure to safeguard those who operate within in but for the ways it drives them to addiction and self-destruction; as a plea for greater awareness of mental health issues within said industry; as a cautionary tale of how said industry pulls into its destructive orbit associated practitioners, most notably music journalists; as a memoir of personal loss, grief and aftermath; as a threnody for those who didn’t survive; and as a hymn to those who did.

It felt fragmented without an over-arching or connective narrative, and while I enjoyed it, I’m not sure I would have read it if I knew what it was actually going to be like. I read this over the course of a plane journey and it was entertaining enough, just ultimately very insubstantial. 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.Finally, a book about the music industry that tells the truth … a visceral examination of art, drugs, mental health and music. That much is explored with such creative and intimate detail from Winwood, who delves deep into his own career and the rich tapestry that forms it.



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