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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (2 July 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1405505915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405505918
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everett is the Kurt Vonnegut of the rock world."--"Rolling Stone""One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist."--Pete Townshend "It is, like the music of Eels, intellectual, wry and unflinching as it conveys complex emotions with simple, graceful language."--"Los Angeles Times ""Everett captures the drama of a suburban Virginia family bedeviled by illness, early death, and madness, and illustrates how such adversities shaped his striking music gifts--and now this pitch-perfect memoir."--"Elle " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The extraordinary true life story of songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, lead singer of the band Eels.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 17 Sep 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't agree with reviewers who say you need to be an Eels fan to enjoy this book. I barely knew Eels at all, and I came to the book because of my interest in quantum physics and Mark Everett's father (see, for example, In Search of Schrodinger's Cat). I found it to be a terrific read full of insights about growing up in America. And THEN I bought a couple of Eels albums, which are also great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big fan of Eels but I remember loving "Novocaine for the Soul" when I heard it in '97 and I've occasionally dipped into their music every now and then. I recently got into "Hombre Lobo" and decided to give this book a go. Wow. Now I have to go and listen to every album they've done.

Mark Everett or "E" writes about his life in a candid memoir. His father was a brilliant physicist who created the theory of parallel universes but was a very distant man emotionally. E's mother was also quite distant but his sister Liz was the center of his universe. Liz was in and out of mental hospitals for most of her life and became heavily involved with drugs. One morning E found his father dead in his bed. A few years later his sister took her life. Shortly after his mother contracted inoperable lung cancer and died in front of him. He lost friends, a roadie called Spider, to heroin, and the brilliant Elliott Smith, who took his own life after frequent troubles with drugs. He also lost a cousin on 9/11 - she was a stewardess on the plane that hit the pentagon.

After so much death and misery it's a miracle E didn't take his own life. He writes that he was lucky, that he had music to save him. And what music! The text is scattered with lyrics which he explains as part of his life story. From being a young boy with a toy drum kit bashing away in a closet, to becoming an international rock star (a label he never gives himself by the way - the closest he gets is saying he's lucky to do what he does), E's story is remarkable for the overcoming of such hardships, of losing your entire immediate family in a matter of years and to find yourself alone, to then turn that into a series of heartbreaking albums is amazing.

It's written so well too.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on 25 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
Probably the most beautiful story I have ever read. As an Eels fan I've been fascinated by E for a long time, and his intriguing lyrics have left me with a lot of unanswered questions. This book answers them all. None of his lyrics are a mystery any longer and you can relate them to his own life experiences, which only serves to help you relate them to your own.

It's a miracle that this man remains so upbeat despite so much personal tragedy, and in fact is stronger because of it. It's a long time since I've read a book so quickly, with so much concentration. I've read autobiographies by many of my favourite music/comedy artists, but none of them come close to touching this. I consider myself unfortunate that I am not a close personal friend of Mark Oliver Everett.

I was not previously aware of the controversy surrounding "Daisies of the Galaxy" but I am so glad I know about it now! Pure insanity and makes for great stories.
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It's a story of one man, who doesn't quite fit in. He doesn't fit in because of his take on life which has been aided by his family's strange place in their community.
This is an honest account of growing up feeling different, having natural talents which don't really materialise until he's in his late teens. When he does realise that music is a road by which he wishes to travel, he struggles with balancing his creativity with the fact that death seems to be around the corner.
Clearly sensitive, Mark E writes with a flawless passion where he tries to clearly assess quite horrific incidents through a natural distance - and this throws up his emotional and intellectual dilemma.
He is an outsider who writes some quite amazing music. In the context of his music it's great to have this personal account of his life rather than read interviews or record reviews. It brings even more to his records.
Good autobiographies bring images into your minds eye about the writer - this is a very evocative account of "E's" life and well done to him for writing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lumpster VINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
E's bad luck in life is well documented and this book takes a look though his life thus far, specifically focusing on all of the events that have made him perhaps the greatest singer/songwriter of his generation. The book is an amazing piece of writing, tackling some very dark moments in an objective and positive way that stays well clear of the 'depressing' tag. What's more, it's a really easy read - I stormed through it in 2 days and just wanted it to go on and on. You definitely don't need to be a fan of the Eels to appreciate this but if you are, it is the perfect window into the world of a genius who has been through so much but has come of it all fighting and blessed with humour and a very honest sense of perspective. I can't recommend this book enough - enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chatterbox on 4 Mar 2010
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Having been introduced to Eels by a good friend, I didn't think much at first but as I listened to their first album a few more times, it started to grow on me and I was delighted to find that E wrote a book about himself and having finished reading it, I am even more delighted that he did!

This is an absolutely honest, unpretentious, deeply moving and sincere story of one man's life that is as sad and inspiring as it is simple and wise at the same time.

I would recommend this to anyone whether they are an Eels fan or not and I am confident that after reading this book, most people would absolutely fall in love with the man and will also learn to count small blessings and take each day as it comes.
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