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A captivating, hauntingly sad story of music, madness, and the Manic Street Preachers, this is a dazzlingly written fictionalized account of the lead singer's tortured life

Richard has everything to live for, but it doesn't feel that way to him—not as long as he has a voice in his head telling him he'd be better off dead. The one thing that might save him is that he's in an increasingly successful band; but the demons that nag him won't be persuaded. In February ...

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Overview

A captivating, hauntingly sad story of music, madness, and the Manic Street Preachers, this is a dazzlingly written fictionalized account of the lead singer's tortured life

Richard has everything to live for, but it doesn't feel that way to him—not as long as he has a voice in his head telling him he'd be better off dead. The one thing that might save him is that he's in an increasingly successful band; but the demons that nag him won't be persuaded. In February 1995, Richey Edwards checked out of a London hotel instead of flying to the U. S. with the rest of the Manic Street Preachers. There were a few subsequent sightings but then nothing. His body was never found, and he was declared legally dead in November 2008. Now Richard tells the story of his life—and disappearance—as he might have told it; set in the 1980s and 1990s, it's a compelling, tragic account of one man's battle with his own worst enemy—himself.

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"Gripping . . . A nuanced portrait of Edwards, exploring the Manics' rise, the Richey myth, and the pain that fuelled his alienation, anorexia and self-harm. . . . A harrowing and hauntingly sad work."  —Mojo

"A sympathetic and sad imagining of the boy who became a reluctant pop idol."  —Time Out

"This is the extraordinary, imagined tale of Richey Edwards"  —Daily Mirror

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780330517041
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Myers is the author of Green Day: American Idiots & The New Punk Explosion and System Of A Down: Right Here In Hollywood. His writing has appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianMelody Maker, MOJO, and NME.

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