By Sinead O’Connor
Today I have a review about the autobiograpghy – Rememberings by Sinead O’Connor. It’s a curiously interesting book about her life and of course her music. Take a look at the blurb and my thoughts in my review below.
THE LANDMARK MEMOIR OF A GLOBAL MUSIC ICON
Sinéad O’Connor’s voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television.
O’Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it.
She has remained that way for three decades.
Now, in Rememberings, O’Connor tells her story – the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest – and through it all, her abiding passion for music.
Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.
Music and the psyche of any creative person is interesting up to a point. I saw an opportunity to review Sinead O’Connor’s autobiography – Rememberings and curiosity caught me. There’s been so much on the news, on social media about her that this, I feel gives her a chance to give people an insight, at least into what she wants you to know. There’s also that song – Nothing Compares 2 U, that was such a hit and such a song with staying power, as the lyrics go round my head as I write, even though I haven’t heard it for awhile, those iconic notes she hits and lyrics she sang are still there.
This book isn’t just about her music though. It starts with an insight into her family structure and their background and it is candid and deep, as is all this book. It shows the complexities of her family life and upbringing and the relationship between her and her siblings, and religion running deep. There’s also a look into her school life.
The book starts to shed more light on how complex Sinead O’Connor’s personality is and how many rough edges there are to it too as well as misadventure taking her life down many less salubrious paths.
There is of course the music, that of which her mother liked and what Sinead O’Connor likes and a look into the world of music that she entered and her experiences and perceptions and perspectives as well as the people she meets as well as her not so obvious reaction to having a number 1 hit.
The book seems totally frank, matter-of-fact at times, with glimpses of emotion; like she has delved deep into her life and troubled soul and mental health, as well as her career and takes readers up to and including 2019 as it says what she has been doing recently.
This is a must for fans of Sinead O’Connor and of people just wanting to know a little bit more about her as a person, beyond the music as well as that part of her life and there is something that is overall humbling about that.