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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; 3rd edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233003762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233003764
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Book of the Month.' --The Observer

'One of the best rock biographies ever... the inside story of one of the most talented and depraved bands in British history.' --Domestic Terrorist

'Many illuminating moments...and there is a salacious appeal in reading the grimy truth behind the official line of the time.' --Music Week

'One of the best rock biographies ever... the inside story of one of the most talented and depraved bands in British history.' --Domestic Terrorist

'Many illuminating moments...and there is a salacious appeal in reading the grimy truth behind the official line of the time.' --Music Week

About the Author

After being advised by his English teachers that he would "get nowhere with that attitude", David Barnett quit school at 17, determined to write about pop music. He landed a job with Jackie, but was immediately transferred to action comic Commando. He caught Suede by chance on The Chart Show and dedicated his efforts to creating the ultimate Suede fanzine, Suave & Elegant. The band liked it so much they asked him to work for them and he has spent ten years following their every move, being privy to the kind of secrets that will astonish even the most devoted Suedehead.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzi Livingstone on 28 Jun. 2013
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A must-read for all Suede fans as this authorized biography is jam-packed full of fascinating band member and Britpop era insights, gossip and trivia. I lived in Camden during the 90's when Britpop was all around and this was a lovely memory jogger of the music scene at the time. Events I had vaguely recollected were brought back to me in vivid technicolour thanks to David Barnett's observant, witty and honest diary keeping. Honesty is the one thing that shines through in the band member's recollections too, and as David worked closely with the band you really get all the facts and a real inside view of the workings of, as far as I'm concerned, the best and most talented band of the 90's. If you read "Love & Poison" the first time around you will still want to read this updated reissue, David has added even more recollections from his diaries, stories from fans and interviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helene Venge on 9 July 2013
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I must say it's brilliant: witty, knowledgable, detailed, entertaining and I just wish there were another 300 pages. Lots of facts and extraordinary events, and I absolutely laughed out loud at the incident where a couple of high-flying designers don't recognize mr Brett Goldielocks but mistake the author for him! Kudos also the band for being so honest which I'm sure David Barnett plays no small part in. I didn't read the 2003 edition of the book, in fact I didn't even know about it. Therefore I also missed out on a lot of the stuff the band did throughout the noughties and until now. With this book and the ace Bloodsports I'm well back in the Suede-o-sphere again. Congrats on the 2013 edition. Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 28 Aug. 2014
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A hugely entertaining, if a bit lazy at times, account of a band that many haven't heard of and others will have forgotten how good they were in their 90s heyday. DB was a Suede staffer for many years, so is well placed to detail the highs and extreme lows of the most original band to be lumped under the Britpop umbrella along with 'Chas and Dave' and the 'Singing Electricians'. It reminds us that there was a period when Suede could do no wrong, with a string of Top 5 singles and No 1 albums under their collective belts, and went through one of the most infamous splits in rock history when Bernard Butler left (Simon Gilbert's diary entries much to the fore in detailing the disintgration of the Anderson-Butler partnership). Originally published as 'Suede: Love & Poison' in 2003, this new version has been cleverly updated to take account of Suede's 2010 reunion and 2013's storming comeback album 'Bloodsports' by adding numerous footnotes to the original text. Unfortunately, a good proportion of them tend to be short asides where the author points out the odd mistake he made first time around or a particularly gauche turn of phrase, or reminding us that he was in a band too. However, we do get some informative long footnotes from a few longstanding Suede fans, such as the one pointing out the nature of Neil Codling's chronic illness (something that Suede, who come across as rather disconnected emotionally from each other, never really got to grasp in their days of fame). And DBs footnotes on what happened since Suede dissolved in 2003 are lengthy and of course welcome. He is an insider though and this shows, with the book lacking real teeth.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sarah kinder on 20 Aug. 2013
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As a massive Suede fan i can't put this book down! Excellent account of Suede's history, wish I had written this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Howlett VINE VOICE on 27 July 2013
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An interesting history of this great band, written by somebody who was mostly there for it. Finishes just before the band split up after the first five albums, but has been recently updated with lots of useful footnotes. If you like Suede, this is for you.
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