THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW EBOOK
In Things The Grandchildren Should Know Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of what it's like to grow up the insecure son of a genius in a wacky. Growing up in the Virginia suburbs, Mark Oliver Everett was to roam unsupervised with his sister, Liz, while his mother combated depression and his father, the eccentric and acclaimed quantum physicist Hugh Everett, remained distant and obsessed by parallel universes of his own. In THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW he tells his story - one that is surprisingly full of hope, humour and wry wisdom.
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Eels fans, music fans. I read this book during the Thanksgiving drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. This book will probably go down as the most pleasant memory of that trip, with the possible exception being the moment I was introduced to the singing, strumming, and smacking around of guitar hero world tour.
But back to the point, the book is a fantastic read, but I am a poor judge in this case as I am a rather rabid follower of E short for M. I I read this book during the Thanksgiving drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. I've been to two shows in Minneapolis at the Pantages Theatre and was fortunate enough to be sitting in the fist couple of rows for both of them. I own all of the cds and would love to get my hand on vinyl copies of them, but I think that the small fortune I'd need to shell out will foolishly be spent elsewhere like on food and shelter or maybe spent wisely on Guitar Hero!
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I wouldn't argue with someone who feels cheated by an autobiography written when the author is still quite healthy and relatively young, its kind of like a band putting a greatest hits record out shortly after their third record drops. In this case though the history of short lives at one point he describes looking at a photo of his sister and the three generations that proceed it, and remarks that he is the sole living person from his family and the amount of life he has stuffed into his time on earth make it seem justifiable.
I told a friend that I wanted this to be my favorite book before I had even opened a page. It doesn't reach those heights, but at least I really enjoyed it and feel like it was well worth the money I handed over to Amazon for it. View 1 comment. Mar 21, Jeroen rated it it was ok. Can we kind of re-do my bio? Everett, who goes by the stage name E and is best known as the singer of rock band Eels, seems totally fine and comfortable with being the sad sack.
This is his right, of course.
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He mentions in the introduction here that people who w Can we kind of re-do my bio? He mentions in the introduction here that people who write books about how interesting their life is make him uncomfortable.
I'm happy he expresses this and agree with him, but the thing is that he does it anyway. I don't know what that tells us about him. And really, contrary to the blurbs that suggest the book is more suburban American novel than rock memoir, this will really only add something to those looking for background information on the band or the man behind the band.
Or detract something. I have never been an Eels fan, but the Live with Strings record was important to me eight years ago when it came out.
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There was a feeling of unwarranted solace to it; without knowing about the horrid details of E's life, I still got that sense of being in the eye of an enormous shitstorm, a sense of the peace with life that E describes at the end of this book. Unfortunately, most of this book deals with the shitstorm. Everett's life has clearly been marked with remarkable bad luck, has been horrible by all standards. Everyone around him was dying. In some sense, you could say E himself was the eye of that perfect storm.
The book works with the contrasts: Eels the band was on the way up as the rest of the singer's world crumbled. Curiously, E does not really look into the causality of the two.
He acknowledges that writing music keeps him alive, and that this makes him write more music, but he doesn't seem to realise that the horrors of his life helped his band on its way up. Any Eels fan will tell you that it is precisely that candid funereal feel of that second Eels record, Electro-Shock Blues , that makes the band so special.
I suppose Everett does not want to look under that stone, and that is understandable. Unfortunately, also, Everett is not a great writer.
At the start of the book, he makes a point of explaining how he doesn't want to bullshit the reader with flowery phrases and imagery: I am always annoyed by this kind of talk. If you want to tell it as it is, just do that. No, there is something else lurking in this statement, namely the idea that the short, to-the-point sentence is more honest than the labyrinthine claptrap of quote-unquote poets.
It is the kind of cult that Hemingway nurtured. It is the idea that being a man of the people means playing it simple, which is always an idea I found rather offensive to "the people". Personally, I think the writer has an obligation to work his hardest on every word. The concise style can be great, if it fits, but so can the more elaborate one. It was only toward the end of the book that I started to realise what was going on.
I'd had a nagging feeling about the tone the narrator took from the very start. There was something dishonest about it, a sense of desperation. From the childish denunciation of his schoolteacher "Mrs.
Bitch" to the self-congratulatory tone he takes in his music business travails talk of not selling out to commercials, always doing your own thing and never repeating yourself — which are all traits I admire, but less so if presented in such a boastful fashion , I wondered what exactly the man was trying to prove, or who he was trying to win over.
Who was he trying to convince? He had a loyal fan base. He was an artist loved by many.
There was no need for him to pat himself continuously on the shoulder. But then it struck me: He talks a lot here about his confidence suddenly plummeting upon some or other rejection or incident.
It is Everett making up the balance of his life and telling himself it is okay. This is, essentially, a self-help book. Unfortunately, again, he had nailed that sentiment already in "Things the Grandchildren Should Know", the song after which this book is titled. It is my favorite Eels song by far and a large part of the reason why I picked this book up in the first place. It perfectly sums up the feeling of loving life despite so so many things. When in the penultimate chapter, titled after the book titled after the song, he provides a verse by verse gloss of the lyrics of this song, it becomes abundantly clear how unnecessary this book is, and how a folded flower can be more poignant than an unfolded one, can pack more punch, more pollen.
All the glosses do is overexplain things that the song had already captured perfectly. As with that chapter, so with the whole book: It perfectly shows that songwriting and prose writing are very different things.
Jan 02, Mieke Decuyper rated it really liked it. Oprecht, recht toe recht aan bloedeerlijk en daarom heel veel respect en waardering waard! Jan 27, Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves: In this trek through Mark Everett, lead singer of "The Eeels" ' life he is honest. He is not trying to win me over with his dynamic prose or his thesaurus found words. He is not wasting my time with "flowery shit".
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He is "straight with me", and I dig it. We follow M. He, of course, talks about his success in music, but he is no braggart, h In this trek through Mark Everett, lead singer of "The Eeels" ' life he is honest. He, of course, talks about his success in music, but he is no braggart, he is not shoving it down my throat.
Music is part of his life, part of his being, so naturally it is focused on in the book. When I picked up the book, I really thought it was just going to be some jumbled up lessons on life for the authors Grandkids- and while it did have some life lessons I was most surprised at how funny parts of it was.
Seriously, laugh-out-loud moments were happening. I was also surprised at how sad parts were, through it all he was so honest with the audience. I commend M. Some of that had to be crazy-hard to put down into words, he has gained a fan. No, I don't really know much of his music I know that's cheesy, but man, it was an emotional ride. I whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone, especially those who like memoir's. I'm going to take a leap and suggest that if you liked "The Glass Castle", you'll probably like this one.
Excerpts from book: They always respond to The Beatles, for instance. Doesn't matter when they were born, they always seem to respond. Show me a kid who innately doesn't like The Beatles, and I'll show you a bad seed. The usually can't tell you what will stand the test of time when they review something brand new on a tight deadline, but I'm going to let myself feel good about this.
Book reviewers: How do you like the book so far? Sometimes beauty is too much for me to handle. May 12, Nikki Stafford rated it liked it. I've long been a fan of the Eels, and think "Electro-Shock Blues" is one of the best albums of the 90s.
And since my work on the TV show Lost, I've also been fascinated by the work of Hugh Everett and his many worlds theory. So I was happy to pick up the book written by the Eels' frontman, E, who also happens to be the son of Hugh Everett.
This is the most honestly written memoir you'll probably ever read by someone who is in the public eye: On the flip side, there's a lot of griping and complaining about people, ex-girlfriends, ex-friends, record company execs, so after a while it's one thing to read E's thoughts; quite another to imagine ever being friends with the guy.
But in the end, he's not asking you to be his friend: A life of nakedness and need, of bird-like frailty and beauty, an opened-hearted way to life that lets all stimuli in no matter how razor-like hurtful it is, how lacerating and potentially lethal.
But there i There is in this world certain songs, books, movies that get to the human condition like no other. This is the place where lovers live and artists, mad-men and potential suicides.
This is the place where Mark Oliver Everett, aka E.
Things the Grandchildren Should Know
Everett or E. Everett is famous in his songs for confessional, sometimes morose lyrics that delve into a screwed up childhood, bad break ups and the constant anxiety and sense of impending doom that certain, perhaps overly sensitive souls, feel every waking moment of the day. He dresses his sad-sack poetry in such beautiful melodies that even when he recounts tales of his sisters suicide and his mothers death by cancer see the Eels brilliant 2nd album-Electro Shock Blues the music itself partially transforms the lyrical message and serves as temporary balm to the searing message the lyrics are delivering.
Shelves: music There is in this world certain songs, books, movies that get to the human condition like no other. Or maybe just an aspect of the human condition. Or maybe just an aspect of one humans condition.
The aspect I am thinking of is a certain tenderness, a rawness, and an emotional vulnerability. A life of nakedness and need, of bird-like frailty and beauty, an opened-hearted way to life that lets all stimuli in no matter how razor-like hurtful it is, how lacerating and potentially lethal.
But there i There is in this world certain songs, books, movies that get to the human condition like no other. This is the place where lovers live and artists, mad-men and potential suicides.Things The Grandchildren Should Know is the story of "a sad sack preteen zombie" choosing the life of a rock star over suicide.
Or maybe just an aspect of one humans condition. View 1 comment.
Instead it is, like the music of Eels, intellectual, wry and unflinching as it conveys complex emotions with simple, graceful language. To put it simply, it is a work of staggering genius.
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