The best literary works according to Richey Edwards

Richey Edwards, also known as “Richey Manic”, is one of the most mythical characters in rock and roll history. Originally a driver and photographer for the group Manic Steet Preachers, made up of his old school friends, his attractive personality eventually led him to be welcomed into the group as a fourth member and rhythm guitarist in 1989.

In no time, he became the spokesperson for the group. The interesting thing about Edwards was that while he showed no natural musical talent – as the shape of his canonized figure would suggest – it was more his contribution to the group in lyrics, design and outspoken personality. off stage which endeared him to the public at the time. In short, Gen X saw something in their character that really resonated. Although he was a cult figure during his lifetime, it was his passing on February 1, 1995 that truly cemented his legendary legacy. Like a real Brian Slade version of Golden velvet, Edwards’ disappearance was a tragic and confusing event that led to him being pronounced dead in absentia in 2008.

Regardless of the verdict, there have been numerous alleged sightings of him across the world, from Goa to Fuerteventura, which has kept his myth alive. In addition to how any tragic figure in music is received, Edwards’ heartfelt discussion of topics such as depression, alcoholism, and self-harm has also brought him to be revered as a truly progressive voice in the arts, as at the time, we still didn’t really talk about it. According to Caitlin Moran, the way he spoke with “humility, meaning and, oftentimes, dismal humor” about such topics is what really inspired his fame.

A fascinating man in life and in his possible death, audiences have always wanted to be able to dig a little deeper into the complex spirit and cerebral artist that was Richey Edwards. Glam at heart and just as messed up as the ’70s band’s glam heroes, Edwards is a weird case that continues to be discussed. Poetic, political and historical, his words and perspectives drew on a wide range of literary influences.

For a man of such dense, Gordian opinions, it’s no surprise that Edwards is a very cultured individual. Lucky for us, the people of Radical readings have compiled a list of all the literary works he has listed as his favorites over the years.

A long list, we don’t have the room or the time to dig into all of them, but we have used the space to pick out a few of the more interesting. As Edwards was a man who wasn’t afraid to discuss some of the darker sides of the human condition, where better to start than with Go ask Alice? First published in 1971, it was once believed to be written by an anonymous author, but it is now widely accepted as a work of manuscript style fiction found written by Beatrice Sparks, a therapist who went on to write others. books claiming to be real diaries. adolescents in difficulty.

Regardless, given that Sparks had first-hand knowledge of dealing with struggling teenagers, the prose has a realistic depth. This informed the book’s discussion of sex, rape, and drugs; topics that were not widely discussed by Edwards’ generation. A revealing bestseller, the book’s legacy lives on to this day.

Another classic mentioned by Edwards was The myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. This 1942 philosophical essay is one of the most influential ever written. For the work, Camus was inspired by Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche for his existential inspiration. The central theme of the book is what Camus calls the “philosophy of the absurd”.

He argued that the absurd lies in the brutal juxtaposition between the basic human need to make sense of life and the “unreasonable silence” of the universe in response. Drawing parallels between human life and the situation of Sisyphus in ancient Greek mythology, Camus describes several approaches to revolt against the universe and to lead a happy life. When you think about the implications of the book, it makes some headway in accommodating Edwards’ disappearance.

Another very intriguing entry is the 1970s effort Exposure of atrocities. An experimental novel comprised of related stories and “condensed novels” by cult British writer JG Ballard, the book contains stories with titles such as “Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan” and “Plans for the Jacqueline Assassination Kennedy ”. Controversial, arty, and inspired by William S. Burroughs, it’s no surprise that Edwards enjoyed this fascinating and visceral work. If the title sounds familiar to you, it’s because Joy Division gave its name to its 1980 song of the same name.

Other classics that Edwards loved range from the postmodern capitalist critique of Bret Easton Ellis American psychopath, the modernist poem Land of waste by TS Eliot and the allegorical short story Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

A long and varied collection of works, it represents almost every element of Edwards’ art and personality. With fiction, non-fiction, essays, and poems, there is definitely something here for you. So sit back and enjoy some amazing titles that the mysterious Richey Edwards loved and artistically took inspiration from.

Favorite Richey Edwards Literature:

  • Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams
  • Suddenly last summer by Tennessee Williams
  • Doll by Tennessee Williams
  • Go ask Alice by Anonymous
  • The bell by Sylvia Plath
  • A season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
  • Junky by William S. Burroughs
  • The myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
  • The foreigner by Albert Camus
  • The fall by Albert Camus
  • Plague by Albert Camus
  • The boy looked at Johnny by Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons
  • Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock’Rock’n’Roll Music by Greil Marcus
  • Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn
  • Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and post-war pop by Charles Shaar Murray
  • Elvis: the last 24 hours by Albert Goldman
  • John Lennon’s life by Albert Goldman
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Fire next time by James Baldwin
  • Another country by James Baldwin
  • Borstal boy by Brendan Behan
  • Less than zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  • American psychopath by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The heirs by William Golding
  • Strain out your ears by John Lahr
  • An overview of the cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Angels of Desolation by Jack Kerouac
  • The man with the dice by Luke Rhinehart
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The catcher in the rye by JD Salinger
  • Birdy by William Wharton
  • Pride by William Wharton
  • Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Is no longer human by Osamu Dazai
  • The trial by Franz Kafka
  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • To frisk by Dennis Cooper
  • Metro Notes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Bernice cuts her hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Black rain by Masuji Ibuse
  • Thirst for love by Yukio Mishima
  • Dorian Gray’s photo by Oscar Wilde
  • Miracle of the Rose by Jean Genet
  • crash by JG Ballard
  • Exposure of atrocities by JG Ballard
  • Soufflé by AE Hotchner
  • Knots by RD Laing
  • Under the volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  • Land of waste by TS Elliot
  • The garden of torture by Octave Mirbeau
  • The fleeing soul by Harold Brodkey

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