Songs Only You Know: A Memoiraplunges us into the Detroit hardcore punk scene with eighteen-year-old Sean and spans a dark decade during which his father succumbs to crack addiction, his younger sister spirals into a fatal depression, and his sense of home crumbles. Sean's salvation is music, and the many eccentrics and outsiders he befriends as frontman of a bandaonce referred to byaSpin Magazineaas "an art-core mindfuck." Sean's prose whips from mordantly funny to searingly honest while offering an unflinching look at a family in crisis, low-rent music subculture, and the hard-earned identity of its author. A story of young manhood that deserves a place alongside Tobias Wolff'saIn Pharaoh's Armyaand Nick Flynn'saAnother Bullshit Night in Suck City, Songs Only You Knowais a beautiful, devastating exploration of family, friends, and one young man's musical dream. It marks the arrival of a fiercely original literary voice.
A Flavorwire Must-Read BookA Minnesota Public Radio Best Book "Unsettling and riveting... Prompts us to reflect on our own demons, and how we've tried to--and perhaps succeeded in--exorcising them. The grit and guts of "Songs Only You Know" goad us into this introspection and stir anticipation for his next book.""--Time Out New York" "Eschewing rock 'n' roll memoir stereotypes, Songs doesn't glorify sex and drugs, instead exploring the harder parts of romance and addiction... the reader is exposed to every inch of Hoen's struggle with keeping his family together through near-insurmountable circumstances while trying to keep his personal life in some semblance of order and keep his musical flame from being extinguished. It's a compelling, engrossing read.""--Alternative Press" "A moving, often harrowing story that's much more than just a tour diary of the Detroit hardcore scene in which Hoen grew up.""--Revolver Magazine"""Songs Only You Know" screams at you, its limbs flail, and parts of it provoke a visceral reaction that might have you setting down the book for a few moments to catch your breath..." "one hell of a book."--Flavorwire, Book of the Week"""[O]ne of the only punk memoirs you'll ever have to read."--Flavorwire, 10 Must-Read Books for April ""Songs Only You Know" is a truly moving book, full of pain, longing, strangeness and even grim comedy, and one of its greatest triumphs is the way Hoen describes a certain creative intensity--youthful, monstrous, fragile--that is both life-giving and dangerous, especially in troubled times. Maybe everybody has a song, but Hoen sings his with fresh phrasing and genuine feeling."--Sam Lipsyte, author of" The Fun Parts" "Here is a writer with a musician's awareness, the deep breath in before a long scream, the cocked bat, that 'harsh internal music' building as one of Songs strongest themes tries to comprehend the incomprehensible.... ["Song
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 15th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.55