By Greg Prato
Essentially the most tragic tales of the 1990’s rock international used to be that of singer Shannon Hoon, and his band, Blind Melon. regardless of scoring one of many decade’s so much enduring singles and movies, “No Rain,”and a quadruple platinum hit with their 1992 self-titled debut album (in addition to traveling along rock’s greatest names), Hoon couldn't conquer a deadly drug habit. purely files right into a promising occupation, Hoon was once lifeless from an overdose on the age of 28. ‘A satan on One Shoulder and an Angel at the Other’ is the 1st ebook to inform the group’s story—culled from over 50 unique interviews (including the surviving band contributors and people closest to the band) and that includes many never-before-seen images. “I am commemorated that Greg has painstakingly accounted for what the hell occurred in the course of these loopy occasions. He has summed up all of the chaos, jubilation, and paranoia that's Blind Melon.” -Brad Smith, Blind Melon bassist
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A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon by Greg Prato