Vic Chesnutt, the troubled but revered singer/songwriter who called Athens, Georgia home for most of his life, is the focus of a new memoir written by Kristin Hersh, solo artist and singer/songwriter for the group Throwing Muses.
Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt will be published Thursday, Oct. 1st by the University of Texas Press, and Hersh is beginning a promotional tour for the book that evening in Athens, where she will sign copies and perform at the 40 Watt Club. The following evening, she will participate in a conversation with Creative Loafing music editor Chad Radford about Chesnutt and her memoir at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge (844 North Highland Ave. in Atlanta) beginning at 7 p.m. Finally, she’ll perform a show at Smith’s Olde Bar’s downstairs Atlanta Room on Saturday, Oct. 3rd before trekking off to other corners of the country.
Hersh was a frequent touring partner with Chesnutt, who was confined to a wheelchair after a drunk driving accident when he was a teenager left him partially paralyzed, in the ‘90s and ‘00s, and the two became close friends. Much of Don’t Suck, Don’t Die is set during those tours of Europe and the US, while the last third of the book becomes increasingly more excruciating as Chesnutt splits from his wife, ceases contact with Hersh and eventually dies on Christmas Day, 2009 after overdosing on muscle relaxants.