We are delighted to present this evening with celebrated singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, on the occasion of his newly published memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & A Few of My Other Favorite Things (Blue Rider). As the subtitle indicates, this book covers serious personal ground, albeit in an engaging, disarming way. Quite the story it is, or quite the stories they are, too.
“Loudon Wainwright writes without pulling punches about his life. In other writers, this confessional style can instantly repel, but Loudon succeeds by being scrupulously honest about everything, including himself. This is a moving, funny, and observant memoir—everything we would expect from one of the great musical talents of our time.” —Richard Thompson. “I expected a memoir that reflected all I know to be true about Loudon: a raconteur with an acerbic, sometimes mordant wit, unapologetic even when full of regret, funny and acutely, sometimes horrifyingly, honest. I got that and more. He is unafraid and clear-eyed about the events of his life—and utterly engaging.” —Rosanne Cash.