Musician Loudon Wainwright III will talk about and read from his new memoir, “Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things.” The book is a funny and insightful meditation on family, inspiration, and art. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of UO Duck Store.
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 1960s. In addition to performing regularly across America and in Europe, he is a sought-after actor, having appeared in many movies and TV series.
Wainwright is the patriarch of one of America's great musical families. He is the former husband of Kate McGarrigle and Suzzy Roche, and father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly Wainwright.
Wainwright is famed for songs that can be laugh-out-loud funny and also cut to the bone. In this memoir, Wainwright details the family history his lyrics have referenced and the fractured relationships among generations: the alcoholism, infidelities, and competitiveness, as well as the closeness, successes, and joy. He reflects on the experiences that have influenced his work, including boarding school, the music business, swimming, macrobiotics, sex, incarceration, and something he calls Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome.
Wainwright writes poignantly about being a son - a status that dominates many of his songs - but also about being a parent, a brother, and a grandfather. His lyrics are featured throughout the book, amplifying his prose and showing the connections between the songs and real life. Wainwright also includes selections from his father's brilliant columns for “Life” magazine.
Loudon Wainwright III will perform in concert at the Hult Center the same evening. For concert information and ticket purchases, contact the Hult Center at 541-682-5000 or www.hultcenter.org.
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