One of the most tragic stories of the 1990 s rock world was that of singer Shannon Hoon, and his band, Blind Melon Despite scoring one of the decade s most enduring singles and videos, No Rain, and a quadruple platinum hit with their 1992 self titled debut album in addition to touring alongside rock s biggest names , Hoon could not overcome a dangerous drug addiction OOne of the most tragic stories of the 1990 s rock world was that of singer Shannon Hoon, and his band, Blind Melon Despite scoring one of the decade s most enduring singles and videos, No Rain, and a quadruple platinum hit with their 1992 self titled debut album in addition to touring alongside rock s biggest names , Hoon could not overcome a dangerous drug addiction Only two records into a promising career, Hoon was dead from an overdose at the age of 28 A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other is the first book to tell the group s story culled from over 50 exclusive interviews including the surviving band members and those closest to the band and featuring many never before seen photos I am honored that Greg has painstakingly accounted for what the hell happened during those crazy times He has summed up all the chaos, jubilation, and paranoia that is Blind Melon Brad Smith, Blind Melon bassist
A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon One of the most tragic stories of the s rock world was that of singer Shannon Hoon and his band Blind Melon Despite scoring one of the decade s most enduring singles and videos No Rain and a
I'd known about this book for a while but hadn't read it because I feared it was the kind of bad, fan-written bio that just makes you cringe. But after seeing a few good reviews I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. It's actually a well researched and edited oral history that really does the band and Shannon Hoon justice. Probably not something that will interest those who aren't big fans of the band, but definitely recommended to long-term fans like me.
As a huge fan of Blind Melon, this book really made me feel more of a connection with who the band was. I like how it is written, more of an interview format. Not just Q & A, but a topic then different perspectives. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down. and now the only thing I have listened to the past 3 weeks is Blind Melon.
“They take the music off into uncharted places.” That's what Robert Plant said about Blind Melon, and I think that this quote can really sum up the essence of this great band.During the grunge era, Blind Melon were able to stand out by taking the epic music of the 60s and turning it into something personal and absolutely unique.This book collects precious quotes from the bandmembers (even past Shannon's interviews), their wives and girlfriends, friends and other musicians who got the chance [...]
Sad in depth look of the life of an amazing talent lost to drugs Well written - tons of insight from people who knew Shannon Hoon the best. Good read for anyone who is a Blind Melon or Shannon Hoon fan.
How in the world someone can claim to have "written" a book, when all they did was transcribe interviews, is beyond me. Maybe it's only the aspiring writer in me that takes offense at someone plopping their name on something compiled as though they wrote it, but the book really should have said that it was edited by Greg Prato, rather than by him. I would then have known that it was just interviews, rather than a biography. I was looking forward to reading this book, and was greatly disappointed [...]
Well, I must say that I've learned a lot about Shannon and the gang from the book. It's not the greatest book ever written, especially that it's mostly made up of interviews, however it's an amazing read for anyone interested in the band and Shannon Hoon. The interviews are well structured and the author knows the topic very well, as he's a close friend of Blind Melon. I really enjoyed the crazy stories and devoured this book in two days. One of my favourite rock'n'roll books ever.
I loved the book! It was nice to take an in depth look into Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon. They are an awesome band!
If you're a fan, read this immediately. It's like hanging out in a room with your friends.
I liked this book. It really made me think about life and death, as you get a picture into a talented but troubled soul in Shannon Hoon. I can't give it a 5, though, if only because it's only a series of interviews. I wish the author would have inserted a little more of his voice, and maybe structured it differently. The first few pages/chapters were weird - I didn't want this book to be only about Shannon Hoon, but I came to understand a little more about him as the book went on, so I understoo [...]
Shannon Hoon y sus Blind Melon fueron un frontman y una banda inclasificables, geniales e inigualables. Esta es la historia de la tristemente corta carrera de Hoon y los Melon, contada por sus principales protagonistas. Quizás la edición sea (muy) mejorable, así como algunos aspectos de la estructura, pero es un placer encontrarse con algo de la casi inexistente literatura sobre uno de los músicos más especiales de la historia. Le entran a uno escalofríos de todo lo que nos podría haber d [...]
A must read for fans of Blind Melon (of which i am) and a great read if you are not.
Although this book can become a little tedious due to its interview style, it reveals so much more than the press ever did about Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon. The more stunning revelations include Hoon's mental illness that fueled his drug addiction, his friendship with Layne Staley and his role in Hoon's final descent, and just how rapid that final descent was for him. In certain places the book is hard to put down, especially during those pages that chronicle his life after the making of 'Soup [...]
was an amazing book sometimes confusing to keep straight who people were talking (besides band members and celebrities). Gave so much more meaning to their music for me. Would highly recommend it for anyone that is a fan or if you think you know who Blind Melon was here is the chance to know what they were really about. So sad to see such a great talent gone too early.
It helped answer a lot of the why and how questions around Shannon Hoon's untimely passing. I loved the behind the scenes stories but the writing was a bit choppy. Also a few typos throughout. If you're a Blind Melon fan, you'll enjoy the book.
One of my new favorite books. I love the way it was written and suggest it to anyone who is a fan of the band.
Amazing book. Must read for all Melonheads.