Okay, so “Losering” made a year-end top-10 list earlier this week, coming in at a respectable No. 7. But here’s one that’s even better: “The music book of 2012” according to the Journal Star, the daily paper in Lincoln, Neb. I should note that the author, L. Kent Wolgamott, is someone I’ve known since the late 1980s, mostly from palling around South By Southwest every spring. One of those SXSW years was 1996, when Kent was part of a gaggle of critic friends I insisted come see Whiskeytown’s showcase, which he recounts in his review. Yes, I used to be something like the band’s unofficial propagandist (which I copped to in the book’s preface). Anyway, check it out.
Also on the year-end tip, “Losering” turns up on PopMatters’ Best Music Books of 2012, with a lovely endorsement by Jeff Strowe: “part biography, part appreciation, and part scholarly analysis…a wildly entertaining read and a comprehensive rendering of one of Adams’ most fruitful periods.” Check out the whole thing at the bottom of this page.