Mark William Lanegan was born on Nov. 25, 1964, in Ellensburg, Wash., a small farming metropolis. His dad and mom, Dale and Floy, have been lecturers, in response to his well-received 2020 guide, “Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir.”
One in every of his first recollections of music, he stated in an interview with the YouTube channel FaceCulture in 2012, was when he was at a fishing pond along with his father and heard a music and thought, “Oh, man, that’s sad-sounding.” He later found that the music was the 1974 monitor “Love Hurts” by the Scottish rock band Nazareth.
He found punk rock when he noticed “a unusually compelling photograph of a shirtless man on the quilt of Creem journal” on the solely report store in Ellensburg, he wrote in “Sing Backwards and Weep.” It was Iggy Pop. The shop’s proprietor performed him some early punk singles, and the Intercourse Pistols’ “‘Anarchy within the U.Ok.’ was the revelation that modified my life, immediately and without end,” he wrote.
Mr. Lanegan’s path first crossed with Mr. Cobain’s in Ellensburg after a live performance on the native library nicely earlier than Nirvana broke by way of: “I need to inform you, I’m an enormous fan of yours,” Mr. Lanegan recalled Mr. Cobain saying in his first memoir. “I cherished Kurt and I envied him as a result of Nirvana have been absolutely developed from the primary second I heard them,” he wrote. “The Timber, alternatively, have been all the time preventing: preventing one another, preventing followers and promoters and bouncers, preventing to discover a path.”
Mr. Lanegan had been candid about his previous drug use and a self-destructive way of life. In his memoir, he chronicled his journey from a “self-loathing redneck” to a rock star to a homeless heroin addict, and stated Mr. Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, had helped get him to rehab after Mr. Cobain’s dying. “She was instantly concerned in saving my life,” he told Rolling Stone in 2020.
After rehab, he joined up with Queens of the Stone Age, dealing with lead vocals on a number of tracks from the band’s 2000 album “Rated R” and its 2002 follow-up, “Songs for the Deaf.” By means of Mr. Homme, he developed a friendship with Anthony Bourdain, and the 2 musicians wrote the theme for the chef’s TV present “Elements Unknown.” It was Mr. Bourdain who encouraged Mr. Lanegan to write his memoirs.