Got another nice little end-of-the-year notice from On That Note, which modestly bills itself as “Just another WordPress.com weblog.” But heck, I live on that planet, too. And I will definitely vouch for OTN’s superlative taste, based on the kind words given to “Losering” in its recap “The Year In Music — 2012”:
Hats off to David Menconi for writing the finest rock book of the year. ‘Losering: A Story Of Whiskeytown,’ is a look at Ryan Adams, starting when he was an unknown in Raleigh. Menconi was covering the scene for the News & Observer, immediately was taken with the unpredictable, gifted songsmith, who led Whiskeytown to acclaim before going solo.
Great anecdotes and keen observations fill the tome. It’s a rare rock book that’s addictive as potato chips. You just can’t put it down. Fun take on one of rock’s few remaining characters.
“The finest rock book of the year…addictive as potato chips” — now that is one cool soundbite. Hats off to you, too!
(ADDENDUM: Turns out the author of the above assessment is one Ed Condran.)
In other year-end news, “Losering” picked up an honorable-mention nod from Music Tomes’ 2012 Favorites recap of music books — tied for second with RJ Smith’s “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown.” And the winner of that category is my American Music Series colleague Don McLeese’s Dwight Yoakam book.