Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age Singer, Dies at 57


Mr. Lanegan’s vocal and songwriting skills were respected by critics and other musicians, with whom he collaborated for many. He befriends and works with singers Isobel Campbell, Greg Dulli, Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell.

Mark William Lanegan was born on November 25, 1964, in Ellensburg, Washington, a small farming town, according to his IMDb page. Her parents, Dale and Floy, were teachers, according to her well-received 2020 memoir, “Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir.”

One of his earliest music memories, he said in the YouTube channel interview FaceCulture, was when he was at a fishing pond with his dad and heard a song and thought, Oh man, that’s sad. He later discovered that the song was the 1974 track “Love Hurts” by Scottish rock band Nazareth.

Offstage, Mr Lanegan has been candid about his drug use and self-destructive lifestyle. In his memoir, he chronicled his journey from a “self-hating redneck” to a rock star to a homeless heroin addict. He wrote of how his months-long battle with Covid-19 confined him to a hospital in “Devil in a coma», a memoir he published in December.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley, SKH Music said. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

In July 2019, Mr. Lanegan appeared on the podcast “Come where I come fromwhere he explained how humbling it was when fans shared how his music changed their lives.

“It’s kind of hard,” he said, “to think that your music is something that affects other people the way the music you loved affected you.”

Ben Sisario contributed report.


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