In the annals of music history, grunge will be remembered for the early demises of many of its leading protagonists, just as much as the distorted power chords and thrift-shop aesthetic. 

Mark Lanegan, who hailed from the seat of the genre in Washington state, could have prophesied his own end in the Screaming Trees' 1992 album Sweet Oblivion, which featured Nearly Lost You. 

However, Lanegan has narrowly avoided joining Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Layne Staley and Scott Weiland on the tragic list of frontmen gone too soon. 

Tony Clayton-Lea joins Sean Rocks on Arena to review the singer's memoir Sing Backwards and Weep, where an ongoing spat with grudge-loving Liam Gallagher and a life-saving act of largesse by the oft-vilified Courtney Love are also discussed. 

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