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I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales [Kindle Edition]

Todd Snider
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Book Description

For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States. He had a Top 40 hit with “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which gave national audiences the first taste of his insightful songwriting, at once satirical and sincere. Hailed by critics as one of the top albums of 2004, East Nashville Skyline was followed by The Devil You Know and The Excitement Plan. Snider’s songs took on George W. Bush and America’s recent involvement in foreign war, along with a host of more intimate topics.

As good as Snider’s albums have been, his in-concert monologues are even better. His shows are a loose-limbed, informal experience: it’s often just him and a guitar. He introduces songs with stories that can run as long as twenty minutes, always displaying his charm and wit. As he’s allowed his storytelling to evolve along with his music, Snider has become not only a modern day Bob Dylan but a modern day Will Rogers as well—an everyman whose intelligence, self deprecation, experience, and, above all, humor make him a uniquely American character.


Editorial Reviews

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"[Snider] combines the sly phrasing of a stoner, the perfect timing of a stand-up comedian, and a mastery of the tiny detail."The New Yorker

"Todd Snider's compressed story songs are so vivid and knowing that they seem completely plausible.... But the most compelling character may be Snider: a lowlife Randy Newman."Rolling Stone

"Okay, so he looks a bit like Beck, twangs and rambles like John Prine or Bob Dylan, crafts a song like Arlo Guthrie, and tells a deadpan joke in the vein of Zach Galifianakis, but Tennessee songwriter's songwriter Todd Snider is a rare performer who can at once channel tradition and still step poignantly—and hilariously—out of its shadow.... He's a king-hell musical storyteller, possibly the greatest of his generation.”Paste Magazine

“In I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, Snider compiles ‘mostly true tall tales’ that will appeal to fans of his loopy, yet common sense-laden onstage banter. The book reads like a loose-limbed memoir with recollections of an inauspicious high school football career mixed with music business encounters with Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, and others. Often genuinely hilarious."—Orlando Sentinel

“[Gives] devout fans more insight into the man and his music...[a] memoir that’s a lot like being at a very long Snider show, without the melodies."Kirkus

Playboy, “Book of the Month”, May 2014
"[A] riotous memoir...Todd Snider calls himself a folk singer, but he’s what your dad would refer to as a card...Basically this undeservedly unpopular singer has led a life like Keith Richard’s without the fame and money to hold him down."

USAToday.com, 4/25/14
“If I can’t sit on this guy’s porch for a few hours and chat over some brews, this is the next best thing.”

Chapter 16, 4/30/14
“A sort of freewheeling musician’s Künstlerroman…Snider writes candidly, matter-of-factly…He’s affably aware of who he is and who he owes, and a gratitude for his life is evident on every page. Well-known in his field, comfortable in the company of the greats, but just shy of the point where fame sours into a daily burden, Snider knows he’s hit the sweet spot...Todd Snider’s fans will adore I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like, and the book is sure to add to their ranks. Newcomers, welcome to Snider’s world. You may forget you had to be anywhere else. Snider has a story or three, and you’re almost guaranteed to get broke out in belly laughs over one of them. Start a tab and sit the hell down.”

Telegraph, 5/9/14
“An entertaining read.”

Blurt!, 5/20/14
I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like is pure Snider, self-deprecating, often rambling and funny as hell.”

TheBoot.com, 6/4/14
“Todd Snider‘s new book is required reading for anyone who’s a fan of his left-of-center, observational style of songwriting….Part autobiography, part modern folklore and all purely entertaining.”

Austin Chronicle, 5/30/14
“The shaggy stoner inheritor of Arlo Guthrie and Jeff Walker infuses this quasi-memoir with the relatable cadence of a pint-soden pub ramble.”

Missoula Independent, 5/29/14
I Never Met a Story…blazes like a cross-joint dipped in Sterno. Snider is like that friend you always hope shows up to the party—a virtuoso storyteller with endless material that's just crazy enough to be true… [his] series of episodes that had me laughing, cringing, squinting in disbelief and shedding a few tears. But mostly laughing. This book could be an exercise program for your face. This is no genteel memoir…. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those who enjoy unvarnished views of the music business from the inside, humor that's rowdy and wry, and a writer who treats the English language like origami made from a tab of acid.”

Relix, July 2014
“The stoner-alt-folk-country-hippie version of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles.”

Country Weekly, 9/15/14
“Mark Twain hooked on morphine couldn’t have written a more curious book.”

Acoustic Guitar, February 2015
“Snider moves way past the typical road saga to create a work that is part memoir, part stand-up comedy. Sort of a poor man’s Garrison Keillor.”

About the Author

Todd Snider is one of the premier folk-rock-country artists in the entire world. He has sold millions of records, topped critics’ favorite lists for the last decade, and performed or collaborated with John Prine, Billy Bragg, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Earl Keen, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Loretta Lynn. He continues to tour nationwide, doing approximately 150 shows per year, and when not touring he makes his home in East Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (April 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GL9TOZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider is a classic April 13, 2014
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I'm one hundred fifty pages and I had to stop to write this review.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book! I assume you found your way here because you are a Snider fan or you know someone who is or you like music, or you are breathing... No matter what the case you will enjoy this book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy yourself, it's deeper than you think April 30, 2014
By S.J.E
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I read it in two days and I am not much of a reader. Entertaining for sure.

But there's a bunch of stuff in their that might hit close to home... Even if you don't do drugs or write songs. At least that's what I found. Not sure if Todd meant to do that or not, be he did it none the less.

I don't necessarily think Todd's lifestyle is good for everyone, or even anyone besides maybe Todd. But that's not the point. I don't do drugs, nor write songs, but enjoyed it and it hit on many questions I have struggled with for years. Ironically, a great book to give to graduating high school kids even though Todd does not care about your kid that is graduating. But it will help them anyway... In a good way... Even if you never want them to do drugs or write a song... Sort of like a modern day "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd Snider Fan April 14, 2014
By rjpmars
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Only in the second chapter and I love this book. A light read full of funny back stories. A must have for Todd Snider fans...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Details Behind His Onstage Stories That You Love April 13, 2014
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Todd Snider is a natural story teller. This book includes so many details around the stories that are familiar to Todd's fans. I loved the extra insight into Moondawg, Digger Dave and the countless people that Todd has interacted with during his time on the road. This is a fantastic book. I was sad when I got to the last page because I just wanted it to keep going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold! May 4, 2014
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This is, quite simply, one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. As a fan of Todd's music, hearing the stories behind the songs and the people he has encountered is both fascinating and hilarious. You won't be able to put it down.
High five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Storyteller May 3, 2014
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I've been a Todd Snider fan for years and when I found out he was writing a book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I expected some story's I knew but to read the story's behind the story's amazing! Thank you Todd! This is on my top five list of books that I will never be without!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 29, 2014
By Rodney
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If you love outlaw country. You will love this book. It is funny informative. Could not put it down
Outlaw must have
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd tells the story behind a lot of his May 3, 2014
By Ed M
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Todd tells the story behind a lot of his tried and true stories and he adds the details naming names. He does it all with that smirk on his face. Todd fans have most likely already purchased this book. If you don't know Todd you should. He is a slackers dream.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artist! Entertaining book
Great artist! Entertaining book!
Published 2 days ago by tim clawges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good insight into his stories and songs. Great for a fan of Todd's music.
Published 3 days ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I've ever read. Todd's ...
One of the funniest books I've ever read. Todd's take on life will leave you laughing, if you ever get a chance to see him live, go see him, you'll have a ball.
Published 21 days ago by Rob914NY
5.0 out of 5 stars High 10
I really want to thank Todd for taking the the time to share his stories. I hope there are more to come Hilarious!
Published 23 days ago by Al Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll smile through the whole thing.
This was a really quick and easy read. It made me crack up laughing almost every chapter. Snider has a delivery that is clever and witty, but wizened like an old hobo sage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Snider Misunderstood
The image of Todd Snider I'd come to know just in the past couple years via youtube and through purchasing a few albums has become skewed in a manner that I never could have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny book, but too much profanity and discussion of drug use
Todd Snider is a great storyteller and very funny. He stories are outrageous and just believable enough. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JF
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Really enjoyed reading this one! Lots of fun. I've seen Todd play in Memphis over the past 25 years and this book really gives you some behind the scenes info as well as some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
If you are a fan of Todd Snider and you haven't read this book, stop reading this review and buy it now! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Forrest B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I can't remember reading a more entertaining book.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Fitz
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