Dead People I Have Known, by Shayne Carter (VUP 2019)

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Shayne Carter, of Straightjacket Fits and Dimmer fame, grew up in very tough circumstances in Dunedin. Drinking, drugs and violence were prevalent. A very young Shayne Carter sought escape through music, first pop, and after an almost religious experience seeing Chris Knox, punk. He writes with great power and humour, about making music, being let down by other musicians and record companies, drinking, sex etc. This is a no holds barred music memoir, extremely honest, passionate and confronting. He's also very funny. A quite brilliant book.