Songs Only You Know

Songs Only You Know Described By Darin Strauss As Nick Flynn Meets Karl Ove Knausg Rd And A Book Of Relentless Compassion Songs Only You Know Sean Madigan Hoen S Debut Is An Intense, Sprawling Memoir Equal Parts Family Tragedy And Punk Rock Road Trip Songs Only You Know Begins In Late S Detroit And Spans A Decade During Which A Family Fights To Hold Together In The Face Of Insurmountable Odds Sean S Father Cycles From Rehab To Binge, His Heartsick Sister Spirals Into Depression, And His Mother Works To Spare What Can Be Spared Meanwhile, Sean Seeks Salvation In A Community Of Eccentrics And Outsiders, Making Music Spin Magazine Once Referred To As An Art Core Mindfuck But The Closer Sean Comes To Realizing His Musical Dream, The Further He Drifts From His Family And HimselfBy Turns Heartbreaking And Mordantly Funny, Songs Only You Know Is An Artful, Compassionate Rendering Of The Chaos And Misadventure Of A Young Man S Life Few Books Convey The Fever Pitch Intensity Of Youth With Such Vividness And So Little Glamorization, Or As Deeply Explore The Heartbreaking Complexity Of Family Both Those We Re Born Into And The Ones We Choose Rolling Stone Magazine

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Songs Only You Know
  • Sean Madigan Hoen
  • 08 February 2019
  • 9781616953362

10 thoughts on “Songs Only You Know

  1. says:

    I am doing some updating for allllll the books I was too lazy busy to review in 2014 In case that matters to anyone.Holy god I loved this book like whoa This one I never reviewed not out of laziness, but out of some weird version of respect I wanted to write a review as brilliant and beautiful as the book, to make sure that I moved at least a few people to go snatch it up immediately But then I never could think how to begin, or what to say, and so I just let it lapse But really this is everything I could want in a memoir Sean Hoen has a fucked up life that he renders with awful grace and beauty his punk bands, his wild hopeless friends, his father s addiction, his sister s demons, his mother s strength It s a book you can writhe around in, that lets you step into someone else s life and get changed by it It s gorgeous and horrible and raw and twisted and flawed and perfect It made me bawl and then call my parents to tell them how much I love them So goddamn good.

  2. says:

    I picked up this galley at AWP after seeing a full page ad for it in Booklist I m not particularly interested in punk music or Detroit, but I wanted to give this highly promoted memoir a try In the book, Hoen says that people at shows would decide thirty seconds into the first song whether they liked his band, or if it was just abrasive noise For me, his writing fell into the latter category at first, but then I started to hear the rhythm of his voice, and I started to see that his story is about a lot of things crazy tour antics, treating poorly the girls who love you unconditionally, an unfathomably resilient mother, demons of all sizes, addictions, violence, revenge, and friendship I feel like this isn t finished, and even at 400 pages, I felt like the ending came too quickly I didn t feel like his story resolved maybe he feels like it s unresolved, too I think there is beautiful language in these rough, loud pages, and a voice that has to say I d strongly recommend this book to anyone who has ever attempted to escape family drama through blind noise and headphones cranked up too loud.

  3. says:

    This book didn t even get the full run down at the publisher s preview session at Midwinter just a mention in the list of other books they didn t have time to talk about and a two sentence description in the handout But it s a punk rock drug memoir by a man I d never heard of before and the cover looked so bleak in a stylish way And because I have a soft spot for books that don t get their share of attention I added it to my pile A quick read later I am glad I did It s not a life changing book, particularly not for me as someone who has little investment in music and is well past my coming of age But it was a well written reflection on the ways damaged family and cultural influences can fuel an artist s journey The anger and darkness of punk rock often feels like an expression of social rejection But to hear Hoen tell his story, punk can also be a rejection of the damage experienced inside a musician s own small world Hoen s is a suburban variety of rage, something artists like Ben Folds and Green Day specialize in But in Songs Only You Know, Hoen brought it even closer in to focus on his family s story living in a development outside of Detroit where the story of the city s economic decline is as personal as the decline in the relationships between parents and children Drug abuse, mental illness, dishonesty and disaffected youth are the agents of change in Hoen s family, and the catalyst for his own musical ambition It s not an easy story, nor is it meant to be But it was interesting and accessible and it is always nice to see a troubled young musician grow into a capable writer.

  4. says:

    a solid memoir with some heavy and powerful themes, of loss, redemption, and finding a path in life through which you can happily walk i will say i was happy as a reader not to have the typical one upsmanship of rock memoirs however, the gastrointestinal garrulousness was unnerving to this reader My only major complaint and the reason for 3 stars, although 3.5 is closer to how i feel about this book is the tone i struggled to find a unique authorial tone, rather it felt as if written in a universal tone of objectively writing about your subjective experience there is a line in the book about trying to find a vocal style and how, the singer tried to blend hundreds of others vocal styles to create his own and his self perceived vocal weakness is the main issue with the book that said, it takes a lot of time energy, reading, writing and re writing just to sound professional yet the technical proficiency shows a lack of authorial style i.e nabokov, borges, dfw, etc and while it s kinda unfair to compare with the greatest 20th cent writers, i feel like the emotional perspicacity, and humanity, and willingness to dive in the murky pool of the past and wrestle with embarrassing, needy, and foreign versions of yourself, is the correct foundation upon which can be built, the house of style and when this author arrives there, we may have a literary mansion the cement s been poured.

  5. says:

    approached this as a fan of thoughts of ionesco, and the book is kind of oversold on hoen s time in that band this isn t really a punk book road stories are few and far between and it is far of a personal story however one that definitely proves that TOI was music made by truly unhinged people my main problem is that his relationship issues and poor decision making with the women in his life wear thin at times, but in fairness they do contribute to the larger picture of his chaotic lifestyle and it seems odd to fault an author for documenting his youth certainly not an upbeat read some passages made me physically flinch , but an interesting look at one person s tragic upbringing and the kind of extreme personalities subculture appeals to.

  6. says:

    As a lover of both music and a good memoir, Songs Only You Know transports the reader into the life a Midwestern white male He is fairly average in many ways not a genius, not an athlete, and has some vague connection to the others in his family However, he manages to take his otherwise average life and becomes rising rock star, disillusioned youth, then adult, and mourner of life all in a few chapters You will definitely feel as if you are the audience member at his destructive rock gigs, swaying to garbled rhymes with both intensity and sadness I am looking forward to his other works and highly suggest reading this memoir if you are not really an autobiographical sort of reader but love a good melody and an even better journey.

  7. says:

    Hard to put down, definitely worth a second read.I was in tears, Sean speaks honestly about his childhood, his days as an artist trying to escape the tragedy at home Anger is artistic currency I started picking through the book to hear and feel the songs only you know just to get a authentic feeling of what these moments were like for him His moments on stage are inspiring, throwing the mic into the audience and just screaming at the top of his lungs as a display of his pain Sean comes of as a daring rebel, but with a kind heart As Sean says, Music saves lives and that is the message I took from his memoir, to keep going as long as you can breath, smell, and sing music, life has purpose.

  8. says:

    Books about the Detroit music scene always intrigue me as I have friends and family there This writer captures the gritty reality of that dying city, while at the same time, in beautifully constructed prose introduces us to a crazy hilarious drummer, a kooky stuttering best friend, a fragile, sorrowful little sister, a bully crack addict father and a mother who is kind and caring and doesn t deserve any of it The author vents his rage through his savage music and must have released his pain through writing this story I like his words I am going to check out his music.He ended up going to Columbia and living in Brooklyn, so I wish him well and hope his life is in a better place now.

  9. says:

    A beautifully written, brave and honest memoir The two parts of the story music and family are expertly woven together Simultaneously heartbreaking and redemptive A really exceptional book.

  10. says:

    A fantastic memoir of life in the suburban hell town I grew up in, from someone who experienced actual hell The author was able to successfully sublimate the fear, anger, hurt, betrayal, and frustration he experienced growing up in metro Detroit into music, which has always carried me away as well His writing style makes you feel like you re not just reading it, but living what s happening every gig, every dysfunctional family interaction, every regret.

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