Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith Paperback Book
Still going after thirty years, The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands, their music - odd,spare, cranky and repetitious - an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E. Smith Is The Fall - 47 members have come and gone over the years yet he remains its charismatic leader, a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma. There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he has opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we get to hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that has endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.
Paperback : 256 pages
Engrossing, exhausting, dense with fascinating detail. As both memoir and cultural history, Renegade is a remarkable achievement ― Daily Telegraph
A hoot ― Hot Press
Stuffed with crazy wisdom ― London Lite
Hilarious ― Scotland on Sunday
A wide-ranging, eccentric set of fugitive opinions, a smart marshalling of numerous rambling pub conversations ― The Times Literary Supplement
Vicious, funny, always contrarian ― Daily Telegraph
Smith's about as reliable a narrator as the members of Motley Crue were in their depraved memoir The Dirt. And just as entertaining. Delving into Renegade is like listening to Smith hold court down the pub...it contains far too many astute, poetic observations to be dismissed as colourful ramblings from a committed curmudgeon ― Scotsman
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