2022 02 22: Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees singer, dies at 57
… The American singer, born and raised in rural eastern Washington state, had survived a battle with Covid-19 that left him in and out of a coma for months-long stretches of 2021. …
… Though he often downplayed his contributions to indie rock, the gravelly voiced performer helped usher in a new era for the genre in which many of his collaborators soared to international fame.
Apart from his work with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, he launched an inventive solo career and published poetry and two memoirs. …
Screaming Trees was an influential part of the Seattle grunge scene, where bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Nirvana began their careers.
Mark wrote about his friendship with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in his 2020 memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep. …
Last year, Mark became sick with COVID-19 and nearly died, an experience he documented in another memoir, Devil in a Coma, published in December.
He was put into a medically induced coma and spent weeks in an ICU in Ireland.
“From the moment I was brought out of my chemically induced sleep and was told what had happened and where I had been, I was determined to survive this nightmare, even though I had very little say, actually, no say in the matter, and had zero ammo to fight with,” he wrote. …
My favourite Mark Lanegan song. It’s short, but says everything. It helped me endure the betrayals by my ex lawyers, Cory Wanless and Murray Klippenstein, and helps me grieve the murder of my lawsuit by Klippenstein. I will never forget.
Watching the smoke
From the lightning
Soon it’ll rain, brother
Only to find
They flooded my grave, mother
The tears from your eyes
Is this heaven?
Once there was peace
Now it’s faded away
Under the sea, father
A ghost in the waves
It’s only a fear, daughter
Ain’t it a shame?
Is this heaven?