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Brett Anderson in Conversation

  • 28
  • Mar




Image of Brett Anderson looking serious in a black shirt


Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to present a special In Conversation with Brett Anderson about his forthcoming memoir, Coal Black Mornings.

The founder and singer of Suede, Brett grew up in Hayward’s Heath ‘on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties’ with two eccentric parents. He was fascinated by art and music from a young age and his memoir charts ‘the suffocating discomfort of a very English kind of poverty’ and the burning need for escape. Brilliantly written with warmth, humour and honesty, Coal Black Mornings chronicles the scruffy wonders of youth, Brett’s trips to London ‘fuelled by marmite and nicotine’ in search of inspiration, his studies in Manchester, his joy of discovering bands like The Smiths and The Fall, and of course his early adventures with Suede. The band’s rise from rehearsing in bedrooms, squats and pubs to writing brilliant songs like ‘The Drowners’ and ‘To The Birds’ are perfectly documented alongside his reflections on his family and friends, love and loss.

Profoundly moving, Coal Black Mornings also captures Brett’s journey from ‘a slightly maudlin boy raised on salad cream and milky tea and cheap meat’ to one of rock’s most unique and charismatic singers. Come and hear him discuss some of the highlights of his extraordinary life with host Adelle Stripe (author of Black Teeth and A Brilliant Smile).

Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm

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