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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 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

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

Thoughtful, Self-Aware and Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-18

This is a wonderful account of Brett's early years written in beautiful prose. It adds to the listening experience immeasurably when an artist is persuaded to read their own work and Brett does a fine job here - I'm so glad he took the trouble and didn't consider himself too 'grand' for the undertaking. This is an insightful and self-aware account of his early years growing up in abject poverty and shows how a series of humiliating failures, a heartbreaking loss and a devastating break-up moulded Brett into the writer, singer and artist he became. Not just for the Suede hardcore, this is an uplifting account of a man who succeeded through a succession of failures.

My only gripe is, it felt way too short. I sincerely hope Brett enjoyed the experience enough to bring out future installments.