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Bodies: Life and Death in Music

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The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. Behind this preposterously romantic, transgressive image lurks personal horror and tragedy, which Winwood recounts unsparingly, but with authentic empathy: the story of his own drink-and-drug fuelled collapse, which results in several stays in psychiatric hospitals, is woven through the book. A very personalised take and view on the industry, unfortunately covering so much of the loss that comes with the inevitable highs of making it, especially in light of the recent loss to Taylor Hawkins to a drugs overdose (not covered). Those encounters and much of the text within come with a blinkered, flashing red light that acts as a real warning about the dangers of the industry and anyone near to it.

This interview is generally considered to be fiction of the journalist and to have never actually occurred. But life and death in music are much more than the febrile motions of drink and drugs, it is also the legal wranglings, the unspoken traditions and tribulations of bands trying to create and then survive. In a huge new interview with Rick Rubin, Trent Reznor explains how he thinks that there is a “less fertile environment to put music out into, in the world of Nine Inch Nails”. I urge absolutely everyone in bands, the music industry and otherwise to read 'Bodies' by IanWinwood immediately. The book has opened up a much-needed debate about the nature of the music industry as an insatiable meat grinder for creative souls with an instinct for self-destruction.

Photograph: Anders Birch/ROCKPHOTO/EPA View image in fullscreen Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy, whose voice had the ‘rattle of someone thirsty for air’. Finally tipped over the edge, one British band’s drummer attempts to stab their guitarist during an argument over a spilled beer.

Bodies relates a number of incidents where an artist is pushed or feels impelled to work despite being clearly unwell, sometimes with terrible consequences.It was certainly the least to acknowledge that some idols (Bowie, Prince, Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page just off the top of my head) did some extremely shady (illegal? Much more than a touchline reporter, Winwood also tells the tale of his own mental-health collapse following the shocking death of his father. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. I'm certainly more aware now of the huge pressures they face, I just wish they had been able to get support for their struggles.

So many have died, I really hope that the destructive stories shared here become less common in the future.

Bodies is an unflinching examination that contextualises that glacial place rather than excusing it, while being unsparing in its criticism. As Daily Mail readers sometimes use the platform to know what they should be thinking rather than having a balanced view on something, many people used to use the publications to find out who they should be listening to, and this books shows how parts of it all works.

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