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Friday, June 20, 2014

I NEVER MET A STORY I DIDN'T LIKE

MOST TRUE TALL TALES

BY

TODD SNIDER



I actually read this book because Amazon recommended it to me. I think years ago I may have had a Todd Snider CD at one time but it probably got traded in at Electric Fetus in Duluth. I recall hearing one of his tunes on the radio a couple of times and I knew that he opened for Steve Earle (my favorite singer/songwriter of all time) on a tour but that's about it. 

I bought it because supposedly Snider is a great storyteller and I found out after I got done with the book that he definitely is.

The book is a combination of a memoir, his problems with dope and alcohol, and is filled with wild and colorful characters. My favorite story is when Joe Ely and Jerry Jeff Walker take a plane to Vegas to gamble and drink after a concert. When the sun starts to rise, Ely decides to head back to his room where he crashes for about a day and a half. After waking up and showering he heads back to the casino and finds Walker sitting at the exact same blackjack table on the exact same chair. Walker looks at Ely and says "Where have you been?" Classic!!!

Highly recommended for stoners or music lovers or just someone who likes a good story.

-Scott L. Anderson


For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States, compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and dozens of others. He's become not only a new-century Dylan but a modern-day Will Rogers, an everyman whose intelligence, self-deprecation, experience, and sense of humor make him a uniquely American character. In live performance, Snider's monologues are cheered as much as his songs. But never before has he told the whole story. Running the gamut from personal memoir to shaggy-dog comedy to rueful memories of his troubles and triumphs with drugs and alcohol to sharp-eyed observations from years on the road, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like is for fans of Snider's music, but also for fans of America itself: the broad, wild country that has produced figures of folk wisdom like Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Tonya Harding, Garrison Keillor, and more. There are storytellers and there are performers and there are stand-up comedians. And then there's Todd Snider, who is all three in one, and something else entirely....Amazon