Don't Suck, Don't Die isn't intended as a biography of musician Vic Chesnutt, but as a memoir Kristin Hersh's time on the road with him. As such it acts as a companion piece to Hersh's earlier, excellent Paradoxical Undressing
, her exploration of her life with her band Throwing Muses.
Don't Suck, Don't Die is a personal account of a number of relationships, Hersh and husband Billy O'Connell, and Vic and Tina Chesnutt - people for whom music is a necessity rather than a career. At times it is increadibly moving as Hersh talks about the joys and hardship of people whose satus as outsiders in life and music, sees them taking a ideosyncratic path through Europe and America. Hersh looks at Chesnutt with an eye that is by turns loving and frustrated, and is no less harsh on herself at times.
Anyone who enjoyed Hersh's earlier book (a great memoir) will appreciate this book as well.