Very rarely can I say that an artist's death affects me in any real way, but Vic Chestnutt's 2009 suicide was a legitimate bummer. A long career that ended on the verge of very quiet success, the Athens singer songwriter risked becoming a mere memory of minor notoriety. Luckily fellow friend and musician Kristin Hersh has gifted us with a very personal memoir of her often stressed friendship with the brilliantly sincere songwriter and lifelong receiver of the raw deal. Vic Chesnutt was a painfully authentic artist and one of the most influential songwriters that most people have never heard of.— Kyle
“Not only one of the best books of the year, it’s one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.”—Michael Shaub, NPR“Gives a tremendous sense of what friendship with [Chesnutt] was like, for good and for bad, and leaves the reader feeling his absence even more once the book has ended.”—Rolling Stone“[Hersh’s] observations . . . always ring with a harsh lyrical truth . . . an eloquent, heartbreaking testament.”—Pitchfork“It paints a more honest, insightful picture of the late singer-songwriter than any biography could . . . Beautifully, poetically told.”—MOJO“A book that will move anyone who’s loved and lost, regardless of whether they’re a fan of the author or of Chesnutt.”—R2“Storyteller tells storyteller. This is a stunning, difficult, and beautiful chronicle of why and how we breathe to create. It all loops back around. The true Vic comes alive in Kristin’s words.”—Michael Stipe“A raw, poetic memoir . . . a last, wonderful example of Chesnutt at his most charismatically mischievous.”—Guardian“Hersh’s language is vivid and conversational, as descriptive and elliptical as her own music.”—Salon
About the Author
KRISTIN HERSHNew Orleans, LouisianaHersh is a founding member of the bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. Her memoir Rat Girl was widely praised by publications from the New York Times to Rolling Stone, which named it one of the top ten best rock memoirs ever written.AMANDA PETRUSICHBrooklyn, New YorkPetrusich is the author of several books about music, including Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records.