Sinéad O’Connor Memoir, ‘Rememberings,’ Coming

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The controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor is publishing her memoir this spring. The title, Rememberings, is said to span her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, and fearless activism. It arrives June 1, 2021, via Houghton Mifflin.

More from the announcement: Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. By the time she was twenty, she was world famous—living a rock star life out loud. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph, O’Connor has fascinated and outraged millions.

In November 2020, she announced that she would be entering a treatment program due to “a very traumatic six years.” Her concerts, originally scheduled for 2021, have been postponed until 2022.

At the time, she wrote on her alternative Twitter account, “If you knew the six years I’ve had, you know what I’m talking about. And I will explain very clearly in 2022. Music business is a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health issues.”

In Rememberings, O’Connor, who turned 54 on Dec. 8, 2020, recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother’s Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She relates her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinéad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to popularity with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U.”

In 2015, she wrote a series of disturbing posts on her social media accounts.

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