Lacking any real sense of authority, E had to raise himself, not always with the greatest success. His love of music helped pull him through, and by his early 20s he was on the brink of stardom with his first album - Beautiful Freak. But then tragedy struck - having already lost his father to a heart attack, his sister and mother both died in short succession - Liz from an overdose, and his mother from cancer.
It was the kind of brutal loss that could destroy someone, but somehow E survived, and channelled his experiences into his music. In THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW he tells his story - one that is surprisingly full of hope, humour and wry wisdom.
©2008 Mark Oliver Everett; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
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"Okay, could have been better"
I like Eels, and I knew E had had a pretty 'interesting' life, so when a friend recommended his book, I guess I was hoping for more. It's pretty standard loner-misfit-comes-good stuff, and he's so keen not to seem pretentious and gloating that he's left such an obvious pretension-and-gloating sized hole in the narrative, it's clear he's holding back and letting you draw your own conclusions, i.e. he's super-awesome.
I don't know about your listening habits, but I like my audiobooks a good deal longer than 5 hours too. Regret this purchase, would rather have just listened to some Eels albums. They do a better job of telling E's stories and pains than literature can.. after all, that's his gift, and that's why he's famous. He has a hell of an interesting life story, but he seems to have done his best to avoid telling a lot of it here. It would probably make a better biography than autobiography, as he's a bit too much of an shy recluse to really write about himself and do himself justice.
"not just a tale of a musician"
I've been a long time fan of Eels and Mr E's work...this is a funny, tragic and fascinating look at his life and how he became a recording artist. Starting from his childhood in Virginia and taking him to LA and then eventually on tour. As a fan i found it interesting to learn some stories and details behind some of his songs but i think this could be interesting even if you aren't a fan of his music just to hear the tale of an interesting life told with an amazing sense of humor and humility.
it made me think and reflect on what makes me tick, and made me remember that life can change / does change very quickly, you never know what's around the corner. bravo
"Great listen and amazing story"
Loved this audiobook and I thought the performance was perfect for it - you felt it was E himself reading.
It's well written, reads well and the performance voice is terrific.
"a good read"
i like music autobiographies it is well written and a tragic story a lesson to be learned by us all
I wouldn't call myself a fan as such, not owning any of the Eels albums, but I've always noticed their music and enjoyed it. Having finished this though, I realise not only that I actually know a huge amount of their back catalogue, but I have an amazing insight into a humble, amusing man, who counts himself lucky, despite everything that has happened in his life. The title sticker - 'Rock Music, Death, Crazy People, Love' pulled me in, and is seriously what it's all about - but his writing style, portraying his self-deprecating, amusing personality, is what keeps this life story going. Narrated wonderfully by The Chet, one of E's friends and musical colleagues, gives it another level of sincerity - no acting here, just the often extra-ordinary, true story of a successful musician who appreciates his lot in life.
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