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Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure

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Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure by Adelle Stripe and Lias Saoudi – book review. It’s impossible to mythologise a band when they fit into a cascade of differing rock legends in the very same chapter. Smith, the Fat Whites’ story is a frequently jaw-dropping epic of creative insurrection, narcotic excess, mental illness, wanderlust, self-sabotage, fractured masculinity, and the ruthless pursuit of absolute art. The writing and tone give the genuine sense of an narrator that does not think they are a “good” or “right” person, and that was more refreshing than I can explain.

Despite still not much liking Fat White Family's music, I really enjoyed this (and understand what they're about more). Some wiseguy once said that a photograph is worth a couple of dozen sentences and there's not enough adjectives to describe what's going on in this book. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.It was also understandable, because by the end of the book you don’t get the sense that anyone in it is a “good” person, but they are all far more interesting than that and I think far preferable to the cast of authors and main characters most contemporary memoirs or auto-fictions I’ve read recently are penned by/about.

As a fan of the band and its various shoot-offs I really enjoyed it, and I think I would have even if I wasn’t, but I suppose we’ll really never know on that front now.The music is really just small moments connecting the binges of smack, gear, liquor, ketamine, hash, pills, etc. Co-written with lucidity and humour by singer Lias Saoudi and acclaimed author Adelle Stripe, Ten Thousand Apologies is that rare thing: a music book that barely features any music, a biography as literary as any novel, and a confessional that does not seek forgiveness.

From a musical side of things the drug taking is hardly new in the world of music, as for lack of professionalism, from the point of view of making the music itself, the way that Fat White Family approached the making of their 2nd album the lack of professionalism was such drug fuelled chaos that they produced something verging on, at times, hardly listenable. Nigeyb makes a good point about this book, “It involves a spectacular amount of drug taking and a wanton disregard for anything approaching professionalism. Wasn’t hugely keen on some of the formal choices which disjointed the narrative quite a bit, also felt time was eschewed in a confusing, not too impressive way, but felt that the whole thing was authentic in a way that so few books are. Essentially Fat White Family’s tour bus becomes a mobile psychiatric ward, as members drop in and out of rehab between making some classic singles, and living in the sort of squalor that would have shamed the Britain of Charles Dickins.It involves a spectacular amount of drug taking and a wanton disregard for anything approaching professionalism. A revealing examination of the dysfunctional songwriting partnership at the heart of one of Britain’s most unpredictable and controversial contemporary rock ’n’ roll bands, Sweating Tears with Fat White Family features candid interviews by author Adelle Stripe with Fat White Family singer Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski. Loved and loathed in equal measure since their formation in 2011, the relentlessly provocative, stunningly dysfunctional "drug band with a rock problem" have dedicated themselves to constant chaos and total creative freedom at all costs. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family's disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era .

At a Glastonbury where Nathan has champagne chucked in his face by band hero Mark E Smith and retaliates by chucking some cider into Smith’s face! Full of highs (lots of highs) and lows (some very very low lows) of life in early adulthood in an Art School band with a serious drug problem. This was a period in my life when people that I’d previously only ever seen on the telly were suddenly swaggering into my reality on a semi-regular basis. the same pub -rock 101 black leather jackets: they looked heavy, despite sipping champagne out of ridiculous little cardboard cups.He was staring into my eyes, munching his own speed-ravaged fea- tures, making an awful gummy sound as he did so. Sometimes the novels chosen are new, often they are from the backlist and occasionally re-issued from way back. This is the definitive account of Fat White Family's disgraceful and radiant jihad – a depraved, romantic and furious gesture of refusal to a sanitised era.

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