Love and Poison (book)

This article is about the official biography of Suede. For the live concert video of the same name, see Love and Poison.

Love and Poison

Author
David Barnett

Country
United Kingdom

Language
English

Genre
Autobiography

Publisher
Carlton Publishing Group

Publication date

November 3, 2003

Media type
Print (Hardback)

Pages
304

ISBN
0-233-00094-1

Love and Poison is the official biography of the English alternative rock band Suede. The book, written by long-time band associate David Barnett, reveals the real stories behind singer Brett Anderson’s battle with drugs, his relationship with Elastica’s Justine Frischmann and the subsequent feud with Blur after she started stepping out with Damon Albarn.
Also covered in great detail is Bernard Butler’s departure from the group, which includes accurate diary entries from drummer Simon Gilbert. The recruitment of 17-year-old schoolboy Richard Oakes, as well as keyboard player Neil Codling’s struggle with illness and the band’s final years are explained thoroughly. One writer wrote that: “The story of why their last two albums were such a mess, for instance, is far more interesting than either record.”[1]
Compiled from hours of interviews with the band members and also featuring Frischmann, Mike Joyce and Ricky Gervais, the book also contains previously unpublished photographs.[2] Butler refused to be interviewed for the book.
The book was awarded ‘Book of the Month’ by The Observer.[3]
References[edit]

^ Sarll, Alex (26 November 2003). “David Barnett – Suede: The Authorised Biography”. Manchester Evening News Archived at Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013.  CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
^ “We are the rock pigs!”. NME.com 4 August 2003
^ “This month’s literary pick: by David Barnett”. The Observer. 19 October 2003

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Suede

Brett Anderson
Richard Oakes
Mat Osman
Simon Gilbert
Neil Codling

Bernard Butler
Alex Lee
Justine Frischmann

Studio albums

Suede
Dog Man Star
Coming Up
Head Music
A New Morning
Bloodsports
Night Thoughts

Compilations

Sci-Fi Lullabies
Singles
See You in the Next Life…
The Best of Suede

Singles

“The Drowners”
“Metal Mickey”
“Animal Nitrate”
“So Young”
“Stay Together”
“We Are the Pigs”
“The Wild Ones”
“New Generation”
“Trash”
“Beautiful Ones”
“Saturday Night”
“Lazy”
“Filmstar”
“Electricity”
“She’s in Fashion”
“Everything Will Flow”
“Can’t Get Enough”
“Positivi