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If you are a Wainwright fan, you know pretty much what your in for here as you've been hearing about these topics for decades now in practically all of his songs. There's plenty of added detail about the numerous and complicated relationships throughout his life, and while he does cop to his share of the blame he never really seems to admit to all the damage his reckless and selfish behavior most likely caused those he was closest to. Even sadder, at 70 plus years now -with all that water under the bridge and after all the self reflection - you get the feeling there's still not that much joy in his life.
In regard to more practical matters, the book is more serious than funny, so if you re a fan of his lighter, more humorous work this might not be for you. If you knew his dad wrote but never read any of his work, there are some great pieces included here and they are beautifully read by an admiring son. The musical performances - although often incomplete and somewhat bland compared to the originals - are interwoven nicely and often provide excellent context ( not to mention a welcome walk down memory lane for his long time listeners).
All in all, a nice job and one that benefits greatly from being read by its author.
I love loudon (tho not sure I would say loudhead as he does)... But he’s slept with almost as many women as my ex boyfriend! Egads man, have u heard of being friends?? Anyway listening is the only way to enjoy this book since there are many songs sprinkled in here. A really fun listen. High wide and lightweight!