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Summary

The trajectory of Suede - hailed in infancy as both 'The Best New Band in Britain' and 'effete southern wankers' - is recalled with moving candour by its frontman Brett Anderson, whose vivid memoir swings seamlessly between the tender, witty, turbulent, euphoric and bittersweet.     

Suede began by treading the familiar jobbing route of London's emerging new 1990s indie bands - gigs at ULU, the Camden Powerhaus and the Old Trout in Windsor - and the dispiriting experience of playing a set to an audience of one. But in these halcyon days, their potential was undeniable. Anderson's creative partnership with guitarist Bernard Butler exposed a unique and brilliant hybrid of lyric and sound; together they were a luminescent team - burning brightly and creating some of the era's most revered songs and albums. 

In Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, Anderson unflinchingly explores his relationship with addiction, heartfelt in the regret that early musical bonds were severed, and clear-eyed on his youthful persona.  

'As a young man...I oscillated between morbid self-reflection and vainglorious narcissism', he states. His honesty, sharply self-aware and articulate tone makes this a compelling autobiography and a brilliant insight into one of the most significant bands of the last quarter century.

©2019 Brett Anderson (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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"A compelling personal account of the dramas of a singular British band." (Neil Tennant)

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Brett Anderson achieved his goal, this is not a standard rock and roll autobiography, instead it's an honest and insightful alternative look back at this period in the artists life and music.

Superbly written.

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Anderson’s brittle truth

Gritty, raw & unrelenting. A journey compounded by the pounding desire of rock success, whilst trudging through the battering of the music industry’s illustrious media

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an emotional rollercoaster

I love suede they were my band in my mid to late teens. Brett once again succeeds with telling the story of a seminal band and his fractious relationship with Bernard Butler and addiction.

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Just trash.

Lovely prose filled trash! Brett Anderson writes as well, or even better than established 'authors' of today.

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Sublime

Brett writes in a way that paints a vivid picture, he describes a scene so clearly you feel you might be in a room with him. A brilliant book.

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A spectacular journey into the half-world of fin de siecle rock music and beyond. Brett's powerful writing style and heartfelt narration transport you to another time and place. If you love his band, enjoy autobiographies, or just have an interest in tales of remarkable rock music don't hesitate to listen.

The past is indeed a foreign country.

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Beautiful writing, honest and endearing

Literally in Brett Anderson's own words this charts the very, euphoric, ups and the desperate, dark, downs of an iconic and influential band. This rise and fall is in no way sugar-coated but stunningly relived with both fondness and vital honesty. An absolute must.

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Outstanding!

A comfortable listen to an honest account of Suedes venture through the music industry! Including all the ups and downs, well worth a listen!

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excellent account of Suede's journey.

very honest and genuine account of Brett Anderson's Journey. What I like about this, its that he doesn't glorify addiction like in other rock star autobiographies. He seems like a very honest man with a lot of principle

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how many "dear friends" you say?

My husband and I really enjoyed this 2nd memoir from Brett. i couldn't agree more that as dear a friend Tony Hoffer is to me as well, he was the WRONG producer to work with Suede at a pivotal time in their realising it was time for Suede to stop for awhile. To exit out on creative confusion and no one to shine a light on it.

Brett is a great story teller!! He often reminds me of the character in The Young Poisoners Handbook sometimes. Forever waiting for the dream of his diamond to save him from himself.

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Story behind notable tracks

I could listen to Brett Anderson speak or sing all day. Suede defines so much of the visceral ambiance of my desultory 90’s youth. There is magic in those tracks. The musical version of arms that held and understood you. When you get it, you get it.

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  • 19-02-20

Great. Brett narrating makes this

Without Brett Anderson narrating I would’ve probably just read this book.
Hearing him tell his story with such honesty and hearing the intonation in his voice as he recalls difficult moments made the listening that much more enjoyable.

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  • Martha Z
  • 08-11-19

Book/Audiobook of The Year

For me, Suede was one of those life-altering bands that had made a major impact. After reading and thoroughly enjoying Anderson's first book, I was looking forward to his chronicle of the halcyon years for his band, from the pinnacle of success to the sputtering halt in 2002. I ended up purchasing the Kindle edition and the audiobook so that I could be fully invested in absorbing every word. In a descriptive, almost prose-like style, Anderson took me on a journey that started with the euphoria and success of the first album to the lackadaisical ambivalence of their fifth release. Anderson details the relationship with Bernard Butler and how things went astray, which was amazing to me because I always wanted to know what truly happened. Truly not your typical autobiography, which was appreciated. Left me looking forward to the next one by Anderson, if there is going to be one more. Hope so.

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  • Nathan Duin
  • 08-10-19

Fantastic

Afternoon With the Blinds Drawn is sublime and every bit as great as Coal Black Mornings, which I did not think would be possible. Highly recommended.