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Songs Only You Know: A Memoir
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Songs Only You Know: A Memoir plunges listeners
into the Detroit hardcore punk scene with eighteen-year-old Sean and spans a
dark decade during which his father succumbs to crack addiction, his younger
sister spirals into a fatal depression, and his sense of home crumbles. Sean's
salvation is music, as well as the many eccentrics and outsiders he befriends
as front man of a band once referred to by Spin magazine as "an art-core
mindfuck." Sean's prose whips from mordantly funny to searingly honest while
offering an unflinching look at a family in crisis, low-rent music subculture,
and the hard-earned identity of its author. A story of young manhood that
deserves a place alongside Tobias Wolff's In Pharaoh's Army and
Nick Flynn's Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Songs Only You Know is
a beautiful, devastating exploration of family, friends, and one young man's
musical dream. It marks the arrival of a fiercely original literary voice.

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Unabridged
Street Date:
04/15/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781482969252
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Sean Madigan Hoen. (2014). Songs Only You Know: A Memoir. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Sean Madigan Hoen. 2014. Songs Only You Know: A Memoir. Blackstone Publishing.

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Sean Madigan Hoen, Songs Only You Know: A Memoir. Blackstone Publishing, 2014.

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Sean Madigan Hoen. Songs Only You Know: A Memoir. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2014.

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