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Liner Notes

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/05/2017

Liner Notes

On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682884
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682891


Liner Notes is a must-read memoir from one of the music scene's greatest cult heroes.

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With a career spanning more than four decades, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of the most enduring singer-songwriters who emerged from the late sixties. Not only does he perform regularly across America and in Europe, but he is a sought after actor, having appeared in such movies as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Sleepwalk with Me; and TV series ranging from M*A*S*H to Person of Interest to Parks and Recreation.

There is probably no singer-songwriter who has so blatantly inserted himself into his songs, about parents, grandparents, children, siblings, and wives. As he puts it in "So Many Songs": It's taken so long to finally see / My songs about you are all about me. The songs can be laugh-out-loud funny, but they also can cut to the bone. In his memoir, Wainwright continues to emphasize the personal: he details the family history his lyrics have referenced and the fractured relationships in the Wainwright family throughout generations: the alcoholism, the infidelities, the competitiveness—as well as the closeness, the successes, and the joy. Wainwright reflects on the experiences that have influenced his songwriting, including boarding school, the music business, swimming, macrobiotics, sex, incarceration, and something he calls Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome.


“Louden references his own work often, and the freedom to play his own work while he tells his stories makes this audiobook the definitive version of this title.” —AudioFile

“This book is as candid, moving, and hilarious as Loudon Wainwright’s music.” —Judd Apatow

"Liner Notes delves into death, decay, and other delights."—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair

“The singer-songwriter has always poured his family life into his lyrics; here, with humor and insight, he elaborates. Alcoholism, infidelities, fights, fierce devotion—it’s engrossing.” —People

"Fans of the self-lacerating, painfully funny Wainwright III will find the memoir they want here... [and] will delight in how much more they can learn about a songwriter who has already revealed so much in his material. A very funny and candid memoir." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has recorded twenty-seven albums, including his 2010 Grammy Award–winning High, Wide, & Handsome. As an actor he has appeared on TV (M*A*S*H, Ally McBeal, Undeclared), in movies (Big Fish, The Aviator), on Broadway (Pump Boys, Dinettes), and off (Hot Lunch Apostles, Surviving Twin).