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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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God bless anyone involved or thinking about working in such a arduous profession and have the temerity to actually want to be paid for their hard work and talent. But what he’s saying seems universally applicable: there’s no way of telling directly from Bodies if things are different in, say, the world of hip-hop, but the mortality rate among young rappers strongly suggests they’re not. With Bodies, he gives the music industry mental health a degree of serious consideration that's clearly long overdue and does so in a way that's sometimes shocking and ultimately full of empathy and compassion. Absolutely essential for anyone wondering what it is like on this side of the fence, Bodies is as experienced as it is alarming.

The must-read music book of the year, now with a brand new chapter covering the death of Taylor Hawkins and his massive Wembley memorial concert. I didn't realise that this book would also be about Ian's descent into addiction (and recovery); if at least one person reads it and it resonates with them and they seek help (be they a musican or not), great (not doing it justice but I hope you get what I mean. How stressful it is, how drugs, alcohol, etc are normalized, but I feel like it didn't live up to its potential.Seven years stooped in darkness, inhaling coal dust, gave this sweet and modest man license to provide his music journalist son, Ian, with some lessons in perspective. For those of us who have found a deep sense of comfort in rock music and who would feel lonely without it, it's upsetting to know the damage it's caused. Written with warmth, humour and bracing honesty, Bodies is a deeply personal story and essential reading for musicians and fans alike. Winwood makes a compelling argument and overturns some long-held notions about "rock and roll excess" by deftly tying together a vast amount of information .

The question of what the music industry does next is one it’s started to answer incrementally, concludes a three-years sober Ian, though it’s happened all too slowly. So many have died, I really hope that the destructive stories shared here become less common in the future. Finally tipped over the edge, one British band’s drummer attempts to stab their guitarist during an argument over a spilled beer. Bodies is documentation of massive, gaping issues found within the music industry, from the grassroots level all the way to the cream of the multi-million-pound crop. I really enjoyed this (insofar as you ‘enjoy’ something that’s hella dark in places) and think it’s an important, nuanced and powerful exploration of the music industry and the damage it does to people.But beneath the surface lies a frightening truth: for years the music industry has tolerated death, addiction and exploitation in the name of entertainment. The only thing i'm disappointed in with this edition is that it didn't include the chapter on Taylor Hawkins. I found this book disturbing, but ultimately positive as, for the author himself and bands still making music now there seems to be an improvement. With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. At a time when bands are thankfully pulling back to focus on themselves rather than their careers, Bodies provides an articulate look at the other side.

Ian Winwood's had a hard time of it himself, as someone who's as much a part of the scene as those on stage. He makes a compelling argument and overturns some long-held notions about "rock and roll excess" by deftly tying together a vast amount of information.Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. interspersed with his own story of dealing with a serious addiction, this book mostly focuses on stories of bands with mental illness and how the industry doesn’t support them. As heinous as it is and be warned, Ian Watkins crimes are described in some detail, this is a story that probably deserves to be told in full at some point.

this is a personal account of a journey through a couple of decades of the most tawdry period in one of the world's most misunderstood "industries".Much more than a touchline reporter, Winwood also tells the story of his own mental health collapse, following the shocking death of his father, in which extinction-level behaviour was given perfect cover by a reckless industry. After all we've seen Kayne West work with him openly and now MM has taken a page from good friend Johnny Depp's playbook and decided to sue one of his accusers. The writing style sometimes got to me — at times too formal/archaic in tone and every now and then unnecessarily paraphrasing a lyric at the end of a paragraph. There's no real investigation into any of those individuals save one or two, and I get the impression those people would have encountered mental trauma and life changing episodes regardless of what career they found themselves in. There is a significant amount of personal history in here, which is interesting on its own - but it’s not really what it has been billed as.

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