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Things The Grandchildren Should Know Hardcover – 10 Jan 2008
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"One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist."--Pete Townshend "A great big grin of a book, winced out through gritted teeth."--"Kirkus Reviews""How do you think it felt finding out that one of my favorite rock stars in history is also a better, funnier, and more touching writer than I am after 10 years at "Time" magazine?"--Joel Stein "Readers will just be plain enraptured by the story of a gifted man barely surviving tragedy with only his talent to guide him."--Robert Leleux, author of "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy""You trust every word coming off the tips of Everett's fingers. His book is a subtle, touching thing."--"Sunday Times (UK)""I kept telling myself, "This guy is the next Kurt Vonnegut!" "Things the Grandchildren Should Know" shares less with a rock memoir than it does with the likes of" The Corrections", " Middlesex", and" The Ice Storm". It's unexpectedly uplifting."--"The Word""Crackling with a staccato rage, he comes clean about bad times, good times and finally getting to be a grown-up on his own terms."--"The Times (UK)""His unique sensibility is as apparent in his prose as in his music. Even those unfamiliar with, or indifferent to, Everett's work will still vicariously enjoy meeting him."--"The Independent (UK)"
* The extraordinary true life story of songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, lead singer of the band EelsSee all Product description
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I was recommended to read this & listen to E & Eels by a huge fan but listened to E albums and first couple of Eels albums before I did as i am ashamed to know I didn't no hardly anything about Mark Everett before (may god shun me for my previous ignorance & bless the soul that introduced me to the workings of Mark)
This is written as if Mark is speaking directly to you in a conversation. Upfront and humbling he offers such an insight into his life - to which he has had his fair share of downs but amazing ups
A must for any E or Eels Fan as it gives you a whole new insight as to when songs were written in his life and when you listen to then you feel the emotional connection even more - I can now say I am a big fan! I can also recommend even if you are not a fan as it's so well written you don't need to know them
A fantastic read even if you are not, just a amazing book, now a personal favourite
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.
But Mr E's brilliant writing leaves you experiencing a roller coaster of emotions as he describes the events which have occurred throughout his interesting and eventful life. Also, if you do happen to be a fan the book helps you to understand where the ideas came from for the Eels' equally superb music.
Wonder if E will win the lottery, as it seems he has had his share of bad luck?
Mark's father, Hugh, was a brilliant mind who proposed the many worlds (aparallel universes) theory.
It is amazing that Mark retains a sense of humour along with his prference for his own company. Brilliantly told story in a very readable format. Well worth a read. Thank you E! Love your music too!!
On a macro level he describes beautifully the effects of absent parents (physically or emotionally) on the development of children. They are too young to lead themselves and get mucked up if their leaders (parents) are too afraid, disinterested, distracted or whatever, to take this responsibility.
This is a treat showing an honest human and constructive person struggling with his (over)sensitivity and insecurity. I genuinely believe that this book should be considered for the English Curriculum in secondary (High) schools as a joint language and Personal Development text. Well done E, the world IS a better place thanks to this book!
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