Rememberings

By Sinead O'Connor,

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From the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor comes a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, fearless activism, and of the enduring power of song.
 
Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinéad O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string…

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When I listen to Sinéad O’Connor, her voice strikes a deep and unique chord, and when I read her biography Rememberings, the same.

Her book is a series of discrete scenes arranged roughly in time order. Her description of people, events, and feelings is immediate and honest. When she relates a scene with her Aunt Frances, I believe she is six. Through reading her book, I better understand that she was a simple soul with complex psychology, a paradox.

She writes that she made a contract “with the Holy Spirit before she made one with the music business.” I…

Sinéad O’Connor rose to fame in the early 1990s, before social media, when tabloids made millions taking women down, as did the music press.

Back then there were few mechanisms to clap back, so much of what we thought we knew about her, before and after SNL, was warped by that perspective. Left with little sense of who O’Connor really was, we also had limited awareness of the great music she made long after she stopped making hits.

Unlike a lot of celebrity memoirs, O’Connor’s isn’t a victory lap or a bitter tell-all. Nor does it try to gloss…

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