In my capacity as a music critic, I’ve been doing year-end top-10 lists for close to 30 years (and I’m long overdue to get going on this year’s model). But I’ve never been on one myself — until now. The roots-music blog Engine 145 was kind enough to include “Losering” at No. 7 on its 10-book listing of “Best Music Books of 2012,” saying that it “brilliantly chronicles Adams’ rise to fame.”
Yay! Maybe I’ll sneak onto another year-end list or two. In the meantime, now is also the time of year when newspapers and magazines are running gift-guide roundups. “Losering” appeared on one that ran over the weekend in the Oakland Press, alongside tomes about Neil Young, Bettye LaVette, Tony Bennett and a bunch of others. It was penned by Gary Graff, who calls the book the “definitive bio.”
Alas, I also recently happened across another few reviews that were not-so-yay, on goodreads.com. One two-star review there describes “Losering” as “little more than a recitation of names and places of employment” and another brushes it off as “mostly a bunch of name-dropping.” Oh well, at least somebody there liked it.