Twisting My Melon: The Autobiography (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/9/10
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The raw, undiluted autobiography of a true rock star whose music and antics inspired a generation of 24-hour party people.
Shaun Ryder has lived a life of glorious highs and desolate lows. As lead singer of the Happy Mondays, he turned Manchester into Madchester, combining all the excesses of a true rock 'n 'roll star with music and lyrics that led impresario Tony Wilson to describe him as 'the greatest poet since Yeats'. The young scally who left school at fifteen without ever learning his alphabet had come a very long way indeed. Huge chart success and a Glastonbury headline slot followed, plus numerous arrests and world tours -- then Shaun's drug addiction reached its height, Factory Records was brought to its knees and the Mondays split.
But was this the end for Shaun Ryder? Not by a long shot. Two years later he was back with new band Black Grape, and their groundbreaking debut album topped the charts in possibly the greatest comeback of all time. Even his continuing struggle with drugs did not stem the tide of critically acclaimed tracks and collaborations as he went on to prove his musical genius time and again. And then there was the jungle...
Rock'n'roll legend, reality TV star, drug-dealer, poet, film star, heroin addict, son, brother, father, husband, foul-mouthed anthropologist and straight-talking survivor, Shaun Ryder has been a cultural icon and a 24-hour party person for a quarter of a century. Told in his own words, this is his story.
"Intoxicating: swaggering, cringing, furious, vulnerable, chaotic, bilious, funny, mad. A seamless, authentic, exhilarating read, without a single slack paragraph." (The Sunday Times)
"Highly entertaining" (Independent on Sunday)
"At once poignant and hilarious" (Dorian Lynskey Word Magazine)
"A welcome contrast to the current trend of macho post-rehab confessions by tedious hard-rock narcissists" (Guardian)
"A seamless, authentic, exhilarating read, without a single slack paragraph. I inhaled it like WD40 round the back of Lidl" (Camilla Long Sunday Times)
SHAUN RYDER was a founding member and lead singer of both the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. He is now a solo artist. He lives in Salford with his wife Joanne and their children.
One of the standouts for me is the underlying and obvious vulnerability, in a dirty game among leaches and parasites!
Gimme one Sean Ryder and you can have 100 of whoever you choose!
I don't wanna be a rockstar, footballer or multi-millionaire, but I'd die a Happy Monday if I got to have it with Zippy and George!
One of the funniest things I ever saw and ingrained in my psych, is and was Sean rubbing Zippy's suede that night on the word!
In a million years, you couldn't have made that up!
Thanks for the peephole man ;-)
I'm from Cork and saw Shaun around the place when he lived here but was always to nervous to approach him; I'm sorry i didn't now. I don't think he would have minded.
Great book for everyone, not just fans.
It is a great read, Ryder is honest, you will learn a lot about the history of the Mondays.
Totally worth it.