Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt (American Music) (Paperback)

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By Kristin Hersh, Amanda Petrusich (Introduction by)
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Hersh has given us a meditational romp through the ups and downs of her friendship with the late singer and songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Talented and tormented Chesnutt and Hersh together extensively for a decade or so, and the two broken souls seemed to find an odd, uneasy companionship that Hersh astutely and creatively explains. Heartbreak and loneliness abound, yet Hersh's playful, poignant and often hilarious style manages to bring a remarkable balance to the despair—an amazing achievement. 

— From Slade

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"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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781477311363
ISBN-10: 147731136X
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: American Music