By Greg Prato
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 such a lot enduring singles and video clips, “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 triumph over a perilous drug dependancy. basically documents 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 e-book to inform the group’s story—culled from over 50 specific interviews (including the surviving band contributors and people closest to the band) and that includes many never-before-seen pictures. “I am venerated that Greg has painstakingly accounted for what the hell occurred in the course of these loopy occasions. He has summed up the entire chaos, jubilation, and paranoia that's Blind Melon.” -Brad Smith, Blind Melon bassist
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