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By Sean Madigan Hoen | Comments: ( 149 ) | Date: ( Apr 06, 2020 )

Described by Darin Strauss as Nick Flynn meets Karl Ove Knausg rd and a book of relentless compassion Songs Only You Know Sean Madigan Hoen s debut is an intense, sprawling memoir equal parts family tragedy and punk rock road trip.Songs Only You Know begins in late 90s Detroit and spans a decade during which a family fights to hold together in the face of insurmountabDescribed by Darin Strauss as Nick Flynn meets Karl Ove Knausg rd and a book of relentless compassion Songs Only You Know Sean Madigan Hoen s debut is an intense, sprawling memoir equal parts family tragedy and punk rock road trip.Songs Only You Know begins in late 90s Detroit and spans a decade during which a family fights to hold together in the face of insurmountable odds Sean s father cycles from rehab to binge, his heartsick sister spirals into depression, and his mother works to spare what can be spared Meanwhile, Sean seeks salvation in a community of eccentrics and outsiders, making music Spin magazine once referred to as an art core mindfuck But the closer Sean comes to realizing his musical dream, the further he drifts from his family and himself.By turns heartbreaking and mordantly funny, Songs Only You Know is an artful, compassionate rendering of the chaos and misadventure of a young man s life Few books convey the fever pitch intensity of youth with such vividness and so little glamorization, or as deeply explore the heartbreaking complexity of family both those we re born into and the ones we choose Rolling Stone Magazine

  • Title: Songs Only You Know: A Memoir
  • Author: Sean Madigan Hoen
  • ISBN: 9781616953362
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Songs Only You Know: A Memoir

  • Oriana

    I am doing some updating for allllll the books I was too lazy / busy to review in 2014. In case that matters to anyone.Holy god I loved this book like whoa. This one I never reviewed not out of laziness, but out of some weird version of respect: I wanted to write a review as brilliant and beautiful as the book, to make sure that I moved at least a few people to go snatch it up immediately But then I never could think how to begin, or what to say, and so I just let it lapse. But really this is ev [...]

  • Zoe

    I picked up this galley at AWP after seeing a full-page ad for it in Booklist. I'm not particularly interested in punk music or Detroit, but I wanted to give this highly-promoted memoir a try. In the book, Hoen says that people at shows would decide thirty seconds into the first song whether they liked his band, or if it was just abrasive noise. For me, his writing fell into the latter category at first, but then I started to hear the rhythm of his voice, and I started to see that his story is a [...]

  • Andrea Mullarkey

    This book didn't even get the full run down at the publisher's preview session at Midwinter - just a mention in the list of other books they didn't have time to talk about and a two sentence description in the handout. But it's a punk rock drug memoir by a man I'd never heard of before and the cover looked so bleak in a stylish way. And because I have a soft spot for books that don't get their share of attention I added it to my pile. A quick read later I am glad I did. It's not a life-changing [...]

  • Jesse

    a solid memoir with some heavy and powerful themes, of loss, redemption, and finding a path in life through which you can happily walk. i will say i was happy as a reader not to have the typical one-upsmanship of rock memoirs; however, the gastrointestinal garrulousness was unnerving to this reader. My only major complaint (and the reason for 3 stars, although 3.5 is closer to how i feel about this book) is the tone. i struggled to find a unique authorial tone, rather it felt as if written in a [...]

  • Sean

    approached this as a fan of thoughts of ionesco, and the book is kind of oversold on hoen's time in that band. this isn't really a "punk book". road stories are few and far between and it is far more of a personal story (however one that definitely proves that TOI was music made by truly unhinged people). my main problem is that his relationship issues and poor decision making with the women in his life wear thin at times, but in fairness they do contribute to the larger picture of his chaotic l [...]

  • Aisha

    As a lover of both music and a good memoir, Songs Only You Know transports the reader into the life a Midwestern white male. He is fairly average in many ways: not a genius, not an athlete, and has some vague connection to the others in his family. However, he manages to take his otherwise average life and becomes rising rock star, disillusioned youth, then adult, and mourner of life all in a few chapters. You will definitely feel as if you are the audience member at his destructive rock gigs, s [...]

  • Sean

    Hard to put down, & definitely worth a second read.I was in tears, Sean speaks honestly about his childhood, his days as an artist trying to escape the tragedy at home. "Anger is artistic currency" I started picking through the book to hear and feel the songs only you know just to get a more authentic feeling of what these moments were like for him. His moments on stage are inspiring, throwing the mic into the audience and just screaming at the top of his lungs as a display of his pain. Sean [...]

  • Derek Bright

    Books about the Detroit music scene always intrigue me as I have friends and family there. This writer captures the gritty reality of that dying city, while at the same time, in beautifully constructed prose introduces us to a crazy hilarious drummer, a kooky stuttering best friend, a fragile, sorrowful little sister, a bully crack addict father and a mother who is kind and caring and doesn't deserve any of it. The author vents his rage through his savage music and must have released his pain th [...]

  • Sarah

    A beautifully written, brave and honest memoir. The two parts of the story (music and family) are expertly woven together. Simultaneously heartbreaking and redemptive. A really exceptional book.

  • Norman Weatherly

    For anyone who has ever been in a band, or wished they had been or dreamed they were. For those who grew up on a diet of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Dead Kennedy's. For all the metal heads and screamo fans. Oh forget the flowery words, it's just a damn good book.

  • Craven

    REVIEW ORIGINALLY RUN IN RAZORCAKE #81:Songs Only You Know opens with a young man walking down the dark streets of his suburban neighborhood with a baseball bat. He takes a few wild swings, takes out a mailbox, and keeps moving. He doesn’t have a plan other than some vague hopes that his father will drive back and catch him in his headlights. The whole time songs play in his head, as yet, unwritten and unriffed. He’s eighteen and his father, once his hero, has fallen deep into crack addictio [...]

  • Konrad

    This book is a beautiful misery to have wallowed and luxuriated in.One that makes me wish I was screwed up, so it could save me.I know the people in this story, been friends with them, hated them, loved them. It's a Thanksgiving visit with the ghosts of your past that you both dread and need.It informs my vision of Detroit, a place I've never been to and probably never will, but has been built upon a mish-mash media mythology:Justice League Detroit, RoboCop, the Crow, Beverly Hills Cop, and the [...]

  • S

    What Hoen uncovers here is a raw, emotional beat. A soundtrack to the meat of his life that one would think flavours how he comes at his music. A force of sadness, brutal honesty, and life as it happens. There's a sense of desolation in the many drives and mentions of Dearborn, Michigan. A lonely world and a lonely thrust. Writing with a terse and unapologetic tone, it's at times meandering and a little into the wallowing stillness that exists when you're circling a drain. Then again, for all th [...]

  • Anna

    I had no idea who Sean Madigan Hoen is, and even when I would Google his bands after every tour he mentioned on paper, I found that it wasn't his brief graze with fame that made him uninteresting (one of his bands opened for TV on the Radio). He's a good writer, no doubt, and I'm swayed by some of the words that he uses to talk about his late teenage years/early adulthood years being in the suburbs of Chicago. However, there's no pulling thread that ties in this grand image of Hoen and the strug [...]

  • Melis

    "At your worst moments you are forgiven by those who see all the way into you, clean through your fears, to the thing you truly are, what you could or couldn't be"An honest, at times heart breaking, account of what it's like to become lost to yourself and to those you love and bearing the loss of those loved ones before you find your way back to them. The way music, and drugs, and relationships can be used to either aid you through these times or further lead to your destruction. "A song could t [...]

  • Maria

    Sean Madigan Hoen's memoir, Songs Only You Know, is a sad story. As a young man he discovered that his father was hiding an addiction to crack cocaine, and it caused profound damage to his family. This book is about the period of his life that was most seriously affected by his father's addiction, his sister's depression, and his own struggles with substance abuse while he was trying to become a successful punk rocker. His mother is the hero of the book.Selected as one of twenty Michigan Notable [...]

  • John Paul Floyd

    I picked this one based on a recomendation after reading Marky Ramones autobiography. In midst of recovery myself, it has been helpful to hear others stories of past pains and tribulations. Hoens memoir is more about his struggles with lifes surprises and temptations than about a specific band. for that reason, I found i got a lot more out of it than someone wanting to learn about the bands he was in. Ive never heard his music nor do i care much too. His story is told in a personal and what seem [...]

  • Nick Scandy

    Despite the easy sell of a story rooted in Michigan hardcore, family challenges, and destruction via rebellion from conventional life trajectories (audience = me), there is definitely some universal pain, loss, and honesty here. And most importantly, there are periods where Hoen truly sounds like a piece of shit—thus making it a coarse, (mostly) unglorified account of the mess of youth. I'm also fully content that my 18 year old self's poor decisions and lack of grace only went a fraction of t [...]

  • Joey

    This book was a tour de force of writing, like James Frey with better punctuation. I had never heard of Sean Hoen or the bands he was in before reading this book. Sometimes it was a thrill ride to live vicariously through him, but if you are triggered by drug use or suicide this may not be the book for you. For me it was comforting to find a family whose trail of drugs, death and dysfunction so closely mirrored that of my own family. This is a book for those of us who grew up not in the Brady fa [...]

  • Chanda2426

    I debated whether to give Songs Only You Know by Sean Madigan Hoen 3 or 4 stars. I really enjoyed the prose, the depth the narrator delves to discover who he is. Hoen's memoir is a hard pill to swallow with many dark alleys and heart-wrenching stories. But he crafts this book in such a way to make it stand on it's own as a personal story of triumph in the face of unfortunate hurdles. The writing, in and of itself, carried this memoir and bumped my rating from a 3.5 to a 4. Hoen is a refreshing, [...]

  • Miranda Webb

    The memoir is a tough one for me, as I've said before, I sometimes feel uncomfortably voyeuristic reading them, and this one was no exception, I just couldn't make myself finish itEVER. The prose is fantastic and the story is quite gripping. So read away.

  • Linda

    I'm a sucker for anything set in or around Detroit but if it hadn't been I probably would have DNF-ed this. Not that it was badly written but just not exceptional enough to bother.Buy this title at Powells Books

  • Tod

    Slow burn, but give it time. You've heard parts of Hoen's story in just about every rock/drugs memoir - the broken home, the road-gig shenanigans. But the author avoids cliches as deftly as his band avoided the usual tropes (the early one, anyway - Thoughts of Ionesco).

  • MacKenzie Wilson

    An unbelievable story. Truly one of the best books I've ever read. It was a privilege to read this.

  • Rob Schorr

    Great, engrossing read. Touches more so on the author's personal and family life then the music scene but enjoyed it regardless.

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  • Doug

    Another sad example of someone who believed him when a friend said "you have a interesting life, you should write a book" Perhaps the last 75% of the book is interesting. I'll never know.

  • Staci Miller

    A memoir of music, loss, and chaos. The book is so beautifully written that often it felt like I was listening to lyrics (I read it via audio book).

  • Jonathan Anderson

    Whoo, happy read. Happy, happy read.

  • Jenny Munn

    An all time favorite

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