LOUDON WAINRIGHT: LINER NOTES
Thursday September 7: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Musician Loudon Wainwright has a decorated career of 26 studio album releases, and is a beloved, well established figure in American cultural history. Now, the folksinging legend takes his storytelling skill to a new level in his colorful memoir. Detailing the sordid affairs and the joyous moments of being a part of the Wainwright musical dynasty, Loudon will pull on your heartstrings one moment and fill you with laughter the next. For a glimpse into the formative experiences and revelations of this American musical icon, look no further.
Join us in the rare book room to celebrate the release of Loudon Wainwright's new memoir!
Loudon Wainwright III is a singer-songwriter and actor. In 1968 he began to write songs, and in 1969 recorded his first album. Wainwright has recorded twenty-seven albums, including his 2010 Grammy Award–winning High, Wide, & Handsome. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Rufus Wainwright, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs, among others. As an actor he has appeared on TV (M*A*S*H, Ally McBeal, Undeclared), in movies (Big Fish, The Aviator, Knocked Up), on Broadway (Pump Boys and Dinettes) and Off (Hot Lunch Apostles, Surviving Twin). “Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.” —The New York Times, Stephen Holden
Hendrik Hertzberg is a senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker. He originally joined the magazine as a reporter in 1969, after active duty in the U.S. Navy. He left in 1977 for Washington and the White House, where he was a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. From 1981 through 1991, he was associated with The New Republic, first as its editor, then as a political correspondent, and then as editor again. In 1992, he returned to The New Yorker for good, initially as executive editor. Since 2003, his Comment essays in The Talk of the Town have six times been finalists for the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary, which he won in 2006. In 2009, Forbes.com put him at No. 17 on its list of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.” He has also been a fellow of two institutes at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government: the Institute of Politics and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. He is the author of “Politics: Observations & Arguments,” “¡Obamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era,” and “One Million.”