The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise

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Faber & Faber, 2016 - Rock musicians - 461 pages
The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world --This Nation's Saving Grace, The Weird and Frightening World Of... -- Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E. Smith.

But Brix's story is much more than rock 'n' roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.

What emerges is a story of constant reinvention, jubilant highs and depressive ebbs; a singular journey of a teenage American girl on a collision course with English radicalism on her way to mid-life success on TV and in fashion. Too bizarre, extreme and unlikely to exist in the pages of fiction,The Rise, The Fall and The Rise could only exist in the pages of a memoir.

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User Review  - Jim Jones - Goodreads

Lots of juicy gossip and great insights in Mark E. Smith and the genius that was/is The Fall. Did you know Brix almost joined Hole rather than go back The Fall in the 90's? Wouldn't that have been interesting! Read full review

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User Review  - CHRISTINA - Goodreads

Really good book. Emotional roller coaster. Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Brix Smith Start is a songwriter and guitarist best known for her work with The Fall and The Adult Net. In recent years she has worked as a TV presenter and in fashion as the owner of a string of boutiques with her husband, Philip Start.

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