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Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir - Mark Lanegan

Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir - Mark Lanegan

Title: Sing Backwards and Weep

Author:  Mark Lanegan

ISBN:  9781474615488

Weight:  949g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lanegan

From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive reality beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history – from a survivor who lived to tell the tale.

When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just “an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock ‘n’ roll.”  Within less than a decade, he would rise to fame as the front man of the Screaming Trees, then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict, all the while watching some of his closest friends rocket to the pinnacle of popular music.

In Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and saturated with drugs.  He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of the Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favourites with an enduring legacy that still resonates.  Lanegan’s personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends, is documented with a painful honesty and pathos.

Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, Sing Backwards and Weep is a book about more than just an extraordinary singer who watched his dreams catch fire and incinerate the ground beneath his feet.  Instead, it’s about a man who learned how to drag himself from the wreckage, dust off the ashes, and keep living and creating.

Peer & Press Reviews

Sing Backwards and Weep is powerfully written and brutally, frighteningly honest.  First thought that came to my mind was, ‘Mark Lanegan gives the term ‘bad boy’ a whole new meaning.’  These are gritty, wild tales of hardcore drugs, sex, and grunge.  But this is also the story of a soulful artist who refused the darkness when it tried to swallow him whole.  And who found redemption through grace and the power of his unique and brilliant music.  Finally, the song becomes truth.  And the truth becomes song.

Lucinda Williams, songwriter and musician

The frontman of the Screaming Trees gives a bloody, brawling, dope-fuelled tour of his personal battlefields.  By any reckoning, Lanegan should be long dead alongside beloved friends like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Kristen Pfaff of Hole, and Layne Stanley of Alice in Chains.  By either miracle or stamina, the author is still alive to offer a blisteringly raw self-portrait of life not just as an excessively self-indulgent rock star, but also a victim of his own hubris…  This isn’t just a warts-and-all admission; it’s a blackout – and overdose – rich confessional marked by guilt and shame.  It’s also not a redemption song, but like any other train wreck, it’s impossible to look away.  A stunning tally of the sacrifices that sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll demand of its mortal instruments.


A mesmerising trip to the dark side that in places is so gloriously bleak it achieves a kind of Grand Guignol comedy.  Written in blood, with true intensity, it becomes an instant classic of the genre

Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Sing Backwards and Weep
Subtitle A Memoir
Edited by Mishka Shubaly
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the title page.  Printed on this page is the book’s title, its subtitle, the names of the author and editor, and the logo of the publisher’s imprint.
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint White Rabbit
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781474615488
ISBN 10 1474615481
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 332
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 33mm
Image and Design Credits
Design Alex Camlin (jacket)
Design Jeff Williams (print book interior)
Jacket photograph Anna Hrnjak

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