“Things the Grandchildren Should Know” book review

4 stars (out of 5)

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Mark Oliver Everett is better known as E, the lead singer of rock band The Eels. And if you are aware of the Eels discography then you are likely to be vaguely aware of many of the stories that are told in this book.

That’s because E is, by and large, an extremely auto-biographical songwriter, putting his experiences and feelings directly into his lyrics. And boy does he have some experiences!

He’s experienced more losses of family and friends so far in his life than some might see in their lifetimes. His genius father died of a heart attack, his sister committed suicide saying she was going to be with their dad “in a parallel universe”, a few years later his mum died of cancer. This left him the final member of his family.

It’s no wonder that he believes that music saved his life – all this death pushed him into numerous depressions, but he cleared his head, realised that he was still living and that he was going to make the most of it.

Everett writes touchingly about his life, his family, his music and his feelings about all three. This isn’t your usual Rock Star Biog – this is, as the back-cover states, the “beautiful world of a man on a mission”