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Mark Oliver Everett is the songwriter, lead singer, and musician behind the Indie rock band Eels. He has been hailed by Rolling Stone as "alt-rock's Solzhenitsyn" and the "Kurt Vonnegut of the rock world." He lives in Los Angeles.
The Chet, the multi-instrumentalist and voracious reader, joined the Eels in 2003 and has toured and recorded with the band since. During the 2008 "An Evening with Eels" tour, one of his onstage duties was reading passages from E's autobiography to thousands of listeners worldwide. He was a natural choice, then, to narrate the audiobook.
What does one do when one's whole family dies, one by one, through a series of tragic circumstances? Faced with such a burden, Mark Oliver Everett is surprisingly resilient--although not without remorse. As the leader of the alternative-rock band the Eels, Everett has already built a reputation for wry wit and lyrical candor, and this book epitomizes the X-Generation attitude towards mortality with its deadpan humor and world-weary cynicism. Everett pulls the ultimate postmodern trick when he recruits fellow Eel The Chet to do the narration. Essentially "playing" his band mate, Chet has a snide tone, as impassive as that of a DJ on a college radio station. It's the perfect vehicle to assert Everett's identity as a cynical post-Boomer. J.S.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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