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  • Coal Black Mornings

  • By: Brett Anderson
  • Narrated by: Brett Anderson, Matt Thorne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Listen to the end for an audiobook exclusive: Brett Anderson in conversation with Matt Thorne, author of Prince. Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede. Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memoir of Brett Anderson

  • By Anna Lloyd on 01-03-18


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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I tried to pace myself but couldn't. Brett's descriptive prose is difficult to tear yourself away from and I wanted more.

In terms of story it's an account of childhood, youth and band formation. But it's Brett's worldview that really captivates. The way he crystallises a certain time in a certain place that seems familiar in many ways and yet in others markedly distinct from my own youth.

A real accomplishment.

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