Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Spin eulogizes Vic Chesnutt with feature story

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Vic Chesnutt's suicide last Christmas left friends and family stunned and saddened, and the local music scene did a fine job of memorializing the songwriter with, among other things, a star-studded benefit at Athens' 40 Watt Club this past spring. But precious little has been written about the man in the national media since his passing. Not surprising, perhaps, given Chesnutt's lifelong under-the-radarness, but unfortunate; the only good thing that could possibly come out of such a tragedy would be that people previously unfamiliar with the dude could discover his music for the first time.

Thankfully, Spin has stepped up to the plate with a feature story on Chesnutt in its new issue. David Peisner's "When the Bottom Fell Out" looks to be a rather exhaustive look back at Chesnutt's myriad gifts and curses as told through interviews with those closest to him in life. Though the full feature isn't available online, there's a nice teaser that makes me think it'd almost be worth it to go buy the print version. I know, I know - buying Spin? What is this, 1994?

Above, the ever-capable Chesnutt performs "Supernatural" for a French blog.

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