Christopher Guest

'Liner Notes': Loudon Wainwright's first book goes deep where the singer-songwriter has often gone before--family

'Liner Notes': Loudon Wainwright's first book goes deep where the singer-songwriter has often gone before--family

Family. It’s humanity’s foundational social unit, one that encompasses myriad rich and complex dealings, which makes it somewhat surprising that more musicians haven’t devoted more attention to examining the myriad interpersonal dynamics that they engender.

But then there’s Loudon Wainwright III, who in nearly 50 years of writing songs and recording albums, has built a deep body of work rooting through the various facets of family.

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He explores that favored topic in even greater detail in his first book, the memoir “Liner Notes: On...

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