As a book, this is now a year old but the self produced audio version was released in podcast form weekly over the summer…. and it’s enthralling.
I’m aware Amy Rigby unaccountably flies well below most people’s radar but I’m not convinced that you need to know her songs to enjoy the book. In fact, one of the features of this ‘podcast’ over most musicians autobiographies is that this one has the music interweaved throughout. Although I’ve seen Amy numerous times, and I have all her solo albums, it’s always been solo (or with Eric), I’ve never previously been familiar with her pre-solo output.
The other thing that makes it stand out, certainly above the other NY based musicians books I’ve listened to in the past 12 months (Debbie Harry & Chris Frantz), it sounds like this isn’t the first time she’s seen the words on the page! That’s not where the comparison ends either, all three books have large sections featuring the CBGB scene and it’s interesting to hear the parallels.
Unfortunately Amy’s UK tour to promote the book was postponed but hearing the book has made me even keener to attend when it eventually happens. Which will also allow me to pay for the book which the free podcast doesn’t expect me to.
With the exception of the epilogue, the book finishes just before I was aware of her records so there’s the best part of 25 years available for books two and three (and many of those years have already been recorded in blog form).
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other musician’s autobiographies, Amy Rigby’s records.
One thing you’ve learned
I need a copy of those Shams songs