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Holland calling: Too Country and Proud off it

DrifterCountryI recently happened onto another interesting little “Losering” reference from overseas, although it’s not a full-fledged review. This one is on a blog called DrifterCountry.com, which bills itself as “Too Country and Proud off it”; and no, that isn’t a typo — note the logo here on the right. Anyway, my book gets namechecked in a Whiskeytown mini-history posted by “The Drifter.”  It looks to be written in Dutch, if Google Translate is to be believed; the translation is below.

Between this and an earlier review, I’d say there’s a groundswell building for a translated edition of “Losering” in Dutch. So how about it, UT Press?

DrifterCountryWTPeriodic spent Drifter Country attention to bands that have meant a lot for the alt-country genre. The appearance of an English book: Ryan Adams, Lose Ring, a Story of Whiskeytown was for me a good reason to pay attention to a band that has meant a lot for the alt-country: Whiskeytown. The group was active from 1994 to 2001 and finally three studio albums failed. Faithless Street (1995), Strangers Almanac
(1997), and Pneumonia (2001). Established in 1994 in Raleigh, North Carolina with frontman Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary, Phil Wall Cher, Eric Gilmore and Steve Grothman. But only Adams and Cary are featured on all three albums. The history of Whiskeytown’s turbulent called and the band structure is there only a limited part of. Already after the release of their first album Faithless Street on the Mood Food label get larger labels interested in Whiskeytown. Geffen Records signed the band and then in 1998 Faithless Street re-release. With the contract of Geffen pocket starts the tape recording of their first major release Strangers Almanac. During the recordings leave Gilmore and Grothman the group. Wall Cher makes the recordings but ultimately still get just after the appearance of Strangers Almanac from the band. The following is a messy period with many personnel changes that have an impact on the live sound of the band. But meanwhile Strangers Almanac well received by a wide audience and have magazines like Rolling Stone rave reviews. In this same year (1997) Mood Food brings an album titled Rural Free Delivery with remaining recording of the debut album Faithless Street. Whiskeytown continue touring and Ryan Adams shines in this period to more extreme behavior. The tensions in the band are up to a climax. In 1999 Whiskeytown Pneumonia on the album. It takes a while for the album finally in 2001 by Lost Highway Records is released. Whiskeytown is already history and Ryan Adams is widely acclaimed for its released in 2000, and never surpassed, solo album Heartbreaker.

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“Losering” gets around: all the way to China

Used to be you’d send a book out into the world and very possibly never see or hear a trace of it again. Sure, you hoped it would eventually wind up in far-away places, somewhere across the ocean. For all you knew, maybe it did. But there was very little chance you’d ever see any evidence of that.

In these days of online miracle and wonder, however, you can track such things with ease. In addition to hearing from an overseas reader or two, I’ve run across “Losering” reviews written in Dutch and Swedish. It’s also in at least one library in Italy; and it recently got as high as No. 3 on amazon.uk’s listing of bluegrass books in England (um, bluegrass?…Really?…).

This I love most of all: “Losering” is even available in China, where it can be had on amazon.cn for the sum of “¥123” (which Mr. Mike Quinlan tells me is China’s Yuan currency, 123 of which come to $19.78). Check it out below. I was hoping that 作者 was my name in the “Simplified Han” dialect; but according to Google Translate, that just means “author.” Oh well.

ADDENDA: My pal Stacy informs me that “Losering” can also be found on amazon Japan, where the paperback version sells for 1,513 Yen (about $17). I’ve added the screengrab below.

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More fun with Google Translate: A Dutch treat

It used to be that when you published a book, you might get a review in a newspaper or two; a magazine, maybe — or an interview on television, if you were lucky. That’s probably still how it works for the Stephen Kings of the world. But for the rest of us, the untamed online frontier has an infinite number of places where one’s book might turn up, and I confess I’ve been obsessively looking for mentions of “Losering” out there.

Not all of them have been positive, of course, including this rather lukewarm assessment. A lot of the chatter is good fun, however, especially when it’s in a foreign language. Feed it into Google Translate, and a few giggles always come out. Like the one below, translated from Dutch on the altcountry.nl blog:

Ryan Adams is one of the main exponents in the alternative alt.countrywereld is beyond dispute. It is therefore not surprising that someone has taken the trouble to write a kind of biography. David Menconi is a journalist who wrote for No Depression among others. Accordingly he Adams repeatedly interviewed. Based on these interviews and conversations with people who in the past have had to deal with Adams, he sketches in the book, simply titled Ryan Adams, a portrait of the singer-songwriter. But the Ring Lose subtitle, A Story Of Whiskeytown, indicates that the focus of the book is on the period for Adams at solopad went. This choice was made for the fact that Adams since the autumn of 2001 did not want to talk to the author of the book. The reason is not clear Menconi but he suspects that it has to do with an enthusiastic review he wrote about the second solo album Gold. In any case, he has since then, except in a few email exchanges, no contact with Adams had. Under these circumstances it seems to me right that he has limited to the years before 2001. But unfortunately it is. Happily enough about those first years enough to tell.
The picture that emerges from the book is that of an extremely talented songwriter who the songs to speak out of his hat. On the other hand, you learn Adams also known as someone who is difficult with the pressure can go and loses himself in drink and drugs and all the misery that comes with it. At times a disgusting annoying guy who shows screwed. Just because it can. But also someone who knows how to capture emotional experiences in beautiful songs. Someone who is also not an easy childhood has had a turbulent love life. By the description of Menconi go back to listen differently to those three plates of Whiskeytown: Faithless Street, Strangers Almanac and Pneumonia.

Menconi with this book is not the definitive biography ‘of Adams’ life so far given. That could, given the previously written above circumstances, even (Adams has also tried to dissuade people with Menconi to speak). The book is more a personal look to become an important formative period in Adam’s life. A book that regard that period has ommissies. Thus, for example, I do not exactly clear why the punk rocker Adams suddenly a country rocker is. It is a great insight into the life of Adam in his time in Whiskeytown, his life in Raleigh, North Carolina and backgrounds are given to certain songs. Menconi has also made clear how it is that Adam in the later years suddenly with terrible metal plates and numbers came up.
But most important of reading this book is that it is me again to enjoy the best of what Adams has ever made: his music with Whiskeytown.

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Translate Slowly: The Swedish are coming!

So I happened upon a “Losering” review that ran in a blog in (I believe) Sweden, called La Cienega. At least it’s written in Swedish, according to Google Translate. And what does said review mean in English? Glad you asked. When I copied it into Google Translate, below is what came out — verbatim. I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I did, naval battles and all. Hearty appetite, indeed!

In autumn had read David Menconis book Ryan Adams with the handsome subtitled Lose Ring, a story of Whiskeytown. A captivating depiction of, especially, Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown Towns rise and fall in Raleigh in the mid nineties. Very readable. A book that manages to capture both the musical genius and the bipolar Keith Richards-wannaben Ryan Adams. Live band Whiskeytown, according Menconi, one evening a naval battle, the next maybe 90’s best. I would have preferred one of those glittering performances. The few clips on youtube tastes. Hearty appetite.

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