14 November 2021
Washington born singer-songwriter MARK LANEGAN (Screaming Trees, QOTSA,
solo and countless collaborations) got infected with COVID-19 last March.
He went deaf, couldn’t walk for months, had cracked ribs, and had breathing
problems. He was hospitalized and slipt in and out coma for months.
He wrote a memoir about his life-threatening misfortunes
and the near-death experience he suffered.
Press statement: One morning in March 2021 with the second wave of infections
ripping through Ireland where he was newly resident, Mark Lanegan woke up breathless, fatigued beyond belief, his body burdened with a gigantic dose of Covid-19. Admitted to
Kerry Hospital and initially given little hope of survival, Lanegan’s illness has him slipping
in and out of a coma, unable to walk or function for several months and fearing for his life.
As his situation becomes more intolerable over the course of that bleakest of springs he
is assaulted by nightmares, visions and regrets about a life lived on the edge of chaos and disorder.
He is prompted to consider his predicament and how, in his sixth decade, his lifelong battle
with mortality has led to this final banal encounter with a disease that has undone millions, when he has apparently been cheating death for his whole existence. Written in vignettes of prose and poetry, DEVIL IN A COMA is a terrifying account of illness and the remorse that
comes with it by an artist and writer with singular vision.”