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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354743
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryan Adams is an alt-country/rock singer-songwriter best known for his song "New York, New York." In addition to releasing 5 solo albums, Adams has also produced an album by Willie Nelson and contributed to albums by Toots and the Maytals, Beth Orton, The Wallflowers, Minnie Driver, Counting Crows, and Cowboy Junkies. Also appeared on CMT's Crossroads with Elton John.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Policoff on May 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I did buy this originally because I am a big fan of Ryan Adams' music, but
I've read it through, and reread parts, and think it is definitely worth
reading even if you aren't a fan, or don't know his music. Most of the poems are long, and there is quite a bit of obscenities, though they didn't see gratuitous to me. But people should know that, in case it offends them. I started to list some of my favorite of the poems--Papaw Special (for his grandfather), You Will Not Miss Me When I'm Gone, For My Father the Drunk, Electric Blue--but the list got too long. Not every poem in here works, but I found much to savor and I hope it isn't dismissed as just another vanity project by someone famous in another field--it's much better than that.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Blevins on May 16, 2009
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I think this move to books was a flawless move for Ryan Adams. This book is an enchanting journey through the many worlds that Ryan is able to create with his words. His songs are merely a slight glimpse into a world that he can describe beautifully in this book. I read the whole book in one day and found myself coming back to phrases or lines coined in some of the poems and thinking how apt and revealing they are. Ryan is such a master at hitting the mark and writing that are so close to the bone. Some songs for me are too close that I couldn't even listen to them after a break up. Just too much. This book is very much like that in that so much has seemed to happen to this guy and so much was said, it's hard to grasp it all in the first read. Many multiple readings are required to really fully grasp how much is revealed in this debut. I can only say bravo! I look forward to more releases such as this.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Wahlgren on February 26, 2009
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Ryan Adams takes on a very free, lingering form in this book. If anything, it is similar to Bukowski's form, but I don't think there is a poem in it as good as "So you want to be a writer." There is a good amount of profanity which I find a bit intriguing. I also find the flow of the poems pretty intriguing; a somewhat choppy stab at being in someone's own world, with less interesting character development which doesn't necessarily "spit in your face." Take for example the edited poem which was 32 pages long, but was cut down to less than 10 lines. I think there are some sparks of good ideas in these poems, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars, but compared to the Black Goat series, I think it doesn't compare.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ZucTomato on October 14, 2012
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I'd never heard of Ryan Adams before, never heard of his music. This book convinced me never to listen to it.

Never has a more unreadable, uninteresting, overly broad, and adolescent work of poetry been put to print. Wow. Adams's use of language as a blunt tool to beat in the heads of readers with angst-filled rants and hundreds of non-sequitur images is downright embarrassing. It's hard to understand how he could have looked at this extremely oversized manuscript, which sorely needs pruning and a skilled editor, and thought that it was worth publishing.

I am making no comment on Ryan Adams as a person or his work as a musician. But if you find him to be a good and skilled musician, I would recommend extreme caution when approaching this tome. A good musician does not necessarily make a good poet, and in this case that seems especially clear.

If you're interested in poetry, reading actual poets is a much more rewarding experience than slogging through 300 pages of incoherence and drivel.
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. Burris on April 19, 2009
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I cannot comment on the literary merit or content because the Kindle version has many of the pages with the font size so small that it is unreadable. I am talking less than one point font and you cannot increase the font with the Kindle adjustment. Avoid this version.
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