Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon

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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. 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' ...
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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. 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
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Editorial Reviews

Nel Hoon
People who know and love Shannon will enjoy reliving the moments chronicled. Anyone who didn't know him will certainly know him now. You managed to capture the personality of Shannon, the good and the bad, I'm thankful it was mostly good. Thank you for immortalizing my son in print.
Jeff Pearlman
I am absorbed by what already goes down as one of my favorite all-time reads...'A Devil on One Shoulder.' I swear to you, it is a must read. I strongly recommend this. A killer effort.
Jon Hotten
From its startling jacket image of Shannon Hoon standing on the ledge of a high balcony apparently about to step off, there's an air of melancholic inevitability about Greg Prato's excellent history of Blind Melon.
Frank Valish
Prato not only manages to gather the specifics, but more importantly paints a picture of a band and frontman possessed of brilliance yet troubled demons.
Brad Weitz
This is a hard book to put down once picked up. I don't think I even blinked during the chapters entitled; 'October, 21 1995' and 'Aftermath.' I highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615252391
  • Publisher: On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space
  • Publication date: 9/26/2008
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 322,615
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based writer, who regularly writes for All Music Guide, RollingStone.com, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is also the author of several books, including 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,' 'No Schlock...Just Rock!', 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video.'
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2009

    dig a little deeper

    i just finished this one up and i do believe i now have a better feel of the life of musicians on the road, their influences on others and themselves. wonderful, colorful book i suggest it to anyone of age. if youve never heard of shannon hoon and blind melon......definately listen and read the book

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    Writing of the words on the face of today...

    If ever there was a story deserved to be told about a band, it is that of Blind Melon. And Greg Prato has done an excellent job in just doing that. To many of us, Blind Melon was one of the more underrated bands of the nineties. Some of us listened to them from the beginning, some of us were completely moved by their music and words, and some of us just may have fond memories of "No Rain" playing at a high school dance. But either way, we know of them. And now Prato has given us the chance to learn the whole story behind them, from the amazing beginnings to the unfortunate tragedies. "A Devil on One Shoulder..." is told by those who knew Blind Melon best; their family, their friends, and the band members themselves. Prato has compiled their words from his countless interviews, putting together a chronological conversation that could not be more fascinating to read. This is really a must read for anyone who has not only loved Blind Melon, but also those in the music scene or trying to make it there and for anyone who is, or has ever struggled with addiction. I highly recommend this book, and guarantee you will be given a new understanding of one of the world greatest bands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2008

    Buy this book

    A great book by a great author about a great band. Even if you don't like the band or the music the book is a wonderful source for anybody in a band or thinking about starting a band including all the ups and downs that go along with such a gig. Every time you read the book you discover something you didn't realize the other times you read it. So buy it and enjoy. Recommend it to the music lover you know.

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