Suede’s Brett Anderson says he “couldn’t have slept at night” if he had “slagged people off” in new book

'Coal Black Mornings' was published in March

Suede frontman Brett Anderson has explained why there’s no mud-slinging in his memoir.

Anderson’s new autobiography Coal Black Mornings was published in March.

Speaking to the i newspaper, Anderson explained that there’s little of him “slagging people off” in the tome because he wouldn’t have been able to “sleep at night” had he written a “salacious, gossipy book”.


“I had no interest in writing a salacious, gossipy book about the fringes of the music industry, and I couldn’t have slept at night if I had spent those 209 pages simply slagging people off,” Anderson said.

The singer added: “When you come across books like that – books which, incidentally, I rarely bother to read – I always feel it betrays a lack of substance.”

Anderson revealed that his son inspired him to write the book. “Having a kid drags up all these feelings of being a link in the chain, and I had a desire to do something for him, so that he knew who I was, who I had been. So I had to write it with… care.”

The book does, however, see Anderson open up about his past relationship with Elastica‘s Justine Frischmann – and he recently credited their split for the evolution and success of Suede.

“One of my favourite things about Justine is the fact that she’s so interested in everyone,” Anderson told The Guardian. “She’s not aloof in any way. It would be easy for her to be, given what she has and who she is. But when she’s talking to someone, she really cares about what their answer is. She’s fascinated and fascinating. I love that combination. And yes, I’m still very, very fond of her.”


Speaking of their split and Frishmann’s departure from Suede, Anderson said: “In lots of ways, it was a brilliant thing. Without it, I might be sort of working in some planning office in Darlington. But I was very happy, living with Justine. We had a fantastic time together, and young love is amazing. But it’s not conducive to creating interesting, tormented, passionate music, you know? I needed some sort of motor to get myself off my arse and have something to write about. The time between us splitting up and her leaving the band was a really odd, sticky, strange thing. Because she was asking lots of questions about the band, and there was a kind of disunity because of that.”

“She wanted Suede to be a different kind of band. And as soon as she left, it suddenly just… it’s like magnets. It wasn’t the missing piece, it was the removal of the piece. Suddenly we just linked, and all four of us, it became a little bit telepathic.”