Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh

By Kristin Hersh

“Friend, asshole, angel, mutant,” singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt “came alongside and made us gross and damaged humans appear . . . I dunno, cooler, I guess.” A quadriplegic who may possibly play in simple terms easy chords on his guitar, Chesnutt recorded seventeen severely acclaimed albums prior to his loss of life in 2009, together with approximately to Choke, North megastar Deserter, and on the minimize. In 2006, NPR put him within the most sensible 5 of the 10 top dwelling songwriters, besides Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen. Chesnutt’s songs have additionally been lined via many famous artists, together with Madonna, the Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., Sparklehorse, Fugazi, and impartial Milk Hotel.

Kristin Hersh toured with Chesnutt for almost a decade they usually turned shut associates, bonding over a love of songwriting and mutual struggles with psychological overall healthiness. In Don’t Suck, Don’t Die, she describes many likely small moments they shared, their free-ranging conversations, and his tragic demise. extra memoir than biography, Hersh’s publication plumbs the assets of Chesnutt’s ache and creativity extra deeply than any traditional account of his existence and recordings ever might. Chesnutt was once obscure and often tough to be with, yet, as Hersh finds him, he used to be additionally wickedly humorous and painfully perceptive. This intimate memoir is vital examining for someone attracted to the song or the artist.

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