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More year-end love: Hats Off!

OnThatNoteGot 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.

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More talk: The debate picks up

There’s more yackety-yack related to Planet “Losering” out there today, starting with part two of the Music Tomes interview. Yesterday’s installment was specific to “Losering,” while today’s edition is mostly focused on the UT Press American Music Series that my book is part of.

Meanwhile, a “Losering” review on NoDepression.com has led to a quite-lively debate in the comments section. Not surprisingly, fans of Ryan’s late-period work are taking issue with my…well, let’s call it less-than-enthusiastic assessment of his recent output. One commenter on the NoDepression review said I come across as “bitter” — and as I replied to her, I’m not bitter but I do find the Ryan/Whiskeytown story to be quite bittersweet.

Similar sentiments turned up yesterday on the Ryan Adams Superfan Facebook page (and the initial version of this post concluded with Mr. Kampa saying, “Fuck you” — which he edited out before I could ask him if he kissed his mama with that mouth):

Oh well…

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Good talk

Just in time for the next round of local readings, a couple of new “Losering” Q&A interviews just went up. One is with the Daily Tar Heel, the student paper at UNC-Chapel Hill; and the other is with the Music Tomes blog.  The latter is part one of a two-part installment, with the second half coming on Friday.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned readings happen on Thursday, also in two installments — yes, it’s a doubleheader. The first one is at 3:30 p.m. at the Bull’s Head bookstore on the UNC campus, followed by the 7 p.m. nightcap at The Regulator in Durham. Come on out and say hey, or even ask pointed questions. I can take it!

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MusicTomes.com is music to me

Today brings another nice “Losering” review — this one from Music Tomes, a blog that covers music-related books. Eric Bannister writes that, even though he still has major misgivings about Ryan’s general demeanor, the book makes him “want to dig into the music in-spite of that moodiness. For me, that’s a feat.”

Anyway, check it out.  And while you’re there, also give a look to the Music Tomes interview with my American Music Series colleague Don McLeese about his Dwight Yoakam book. A “Losering” interview is scheduled to run on Music Tomes next month in two installments.

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