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A heartbreaking, heartwarming, and oddlywhimsical memoir from acclaimed indie rocker Mark Oliver Everett of Eels
Growing up in Virginia, Mark Oliver Everett had an eccentric upbringing: left to roam unsupervised with his sister, Liz, while his father, the ground-breaking physicist Hugh Everett, remained distant and obsessed by parallel universes of his own creation. In a short period of time, the author lost his sister to suicide, father to heart failure, and his mother to cancer; but these tragedies became the impetus for his acclaimed music. Everett's memoir is a rich and poignant story of love, death, coming of age, and creative vision.
"Everett is the Kurt Vonnegut of the rock world."--Rolling Stone
"One of the best books ever written by a contemporary artist."--Pete Townshend
"It is, like the music of Eels, intellectual, wry and unflinching as it conveys complex emotions with simple, graceful language."--Los Angeles Times
"Everett captures the drama of a suburban Virginia family bedeviled by illness, early death, and madness, and illustrates how such adversities shaped his striking music gifts--and now this pitch-perfect memoir."--Elle
A heartbreaking, heartwarming, and oddlywhimsical memoir from acclaimed indie rocker Mark Oliver Everett of the Eels
How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something of his life? The insecure son of a misunderstood genius of quantum mechanics, Mark Oliver Everett's upbringing was "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unstead." But somehow he survived this and ensuing tragedies, channeling his experiences into his critically acclaimed music with the Eels. Told with surprising candor, his memoir is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.
About the Author
MARK OLIVER EVERETT is the lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist of Eels. Rolling Stone magazine called him "the Kurt Vonnegut of rock."