The COVID diaries of the alternative rock star and bestselling author of SINGBACKWARDS AND WEEP.
One morning in March 2021 with the second wave of infections ripping through Irelandwhere he was newly resident, Mark Lanegan woke up breathless, fatigued beyond belief,his body burdened with a gigantic dose of Covid-19. Admitted to Kerry Hospital andinitially given little hope of survival, Lanegan's illness has him slipping in and out of acoma, unable to walk or function for several months and fearing for his life.
As his situation becomes more intolerable over the course of that bleakest of springs he isassaulted by nightmares, visions and regrets about a life lived on the edge of chaos anddisorder. He is prompted to consider his predicament and how, in his sixth decade, hislifelong battle with mortality has led to this final banal encounter with a disease that hasundone millions, when he has apparently been cheating death for his whole existence.
Written in vignettes of prose and poetry, DEVIL IN A COMA is a terrifying account ofillness and the remorse that comes with it by an artist and writer with singular vision.
Mark Lanegan released his first solo album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. His most recentalbum is Straight Songs of Sorrow. His singular body of work encompasses dozens of albums both solo and collaborative. His memoir SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP was a Sunday Times bestseller and Rough Trade Book of the Year.