by Sinéad O'Connor


by Sinéad O'Connor


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One thing is certain: You're going to know how Sinead O'Connor feels about a subject after reading her memoir. She pulls no punches when she speaks about her feelings about the Catholic Church, the misogynistic recording industry, her mother and various other people who she doesn't care for. The title picks up on the fact that O'Connor doesn't remember a lot of what happened in the 1980s and 1990s, so devastated was she after she was pilloried for ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II in her infamous Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992. Life sinks from there, but she's ready to make some more noise today.

From the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor comes a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, struggles with illness, and of the enduring power of song.

Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinéad O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. By the time she was twenty, she was world-famous—living a rock-star life out loud. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph, Sinéad has fascinated and outraged millions.

In Rememberings, O’Connor recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother’s Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She relates her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinéad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and told in a singular form true to her unconventional career, Sinéad’s memoir is a remarkable chronicle of an enduring and influential artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358695264
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 12,741
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

SINÉAD O’CONNOR is an Irish singer-songwriter and recording artist. She rose to international fame in 1990 with her arrangement of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and her critically acclaimed albums have won or been nominated for five Grammys. She lives in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Part 1

Prologue: Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees! 3

The Piano 7

My Grandfathers 9

August 1977 13

Lourdes 17

My Aunt Frances 23

The Train 27

Lost in the Music 31

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? 37

My Mother's Record Collection 41

Why I Sing 43

The House of the Rising Sun, Part One 47

The House of the Rising Sun, Part Two 53

The House of the Rising Sun, Part Three 59

Song to the Siren 65

Sisters 71

Any Dream Will Do 75

John, I Love You 77

About My Dad 79

Poem from My Youth 81

Part 2

Who Are You? 85

Settling In 97

A Lesson or Two 101

Inflammable Material 107

Shaving My Head 111

The Lion and the Cobra 115

Clocks 'n' Woks 121

My Boy Lollipop, July 1987 125

The Way Young Lovers Do 129

There Is a Light and It Never Goes Out, 1987 133

Good News, Bad News, Et Cetera 139

Funny How Time Slips Away 143

Paper Roses 147

Sheviti Adonai L'negdi Tamid 151

That's Why There's Chocolate and Vanilla 163

War, Part One-Saturday Night Live, 1992 169

War, Part Two-Gotta Serve Somebody 175

It Ain't Necessarily So 179

The Condition My Condition Is In-1992, a Few Days Later 181

Homeless Man at Easter 185

War, Part Three-October 1992 189

My Star-Spangled Banner 193

Part 3

Some Musical Notes 199

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got 201

Am I Not Your Girl? 205

Universal Mother 209

Gospel Oak 215

Faith and Courage 219

Sean-Nós Nua 221

Throw Down Your Arms 225

Theology 227

How About I Be Me 231

I'm Not Bossy 235

Coming Soon … 237

Dagger Through My Heart 241

The Greatest Love of All 245

Lou Reed 251

Some Lessons and True Tales 253

Mr. Bigstuff 255

Jake, Roisin, Shane, and Yeshua 257

The Wizard of Oz 265

Forward and Now 275

September 25, 2019 279

Postscript 283

Epilogue 285

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