R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Remembers Vic Chesnutt

December 26, 2009 – Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt died Friday, at the age of 45. According to The New York Times, Chesnutt had been in a coma, induced by an overdose of muscle relaxants.

The performer, based in Athens, Ga., lost the use of his legs after an auto accident when he was 18. That trauma, and his ongoing bouts with depression, helped transform Chesnutt into a dark, brooding writer whose work has been compared to that of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner.

Michael Stipe, of the band R.E.M., first met Chesnutt in Athens. He produced Chesnutt’s first two albums.

“He was able to bring levity to very dark emotions and feelings, and he had a humor that was really quite unusual,” Stipe says. “I said recently that I thought he was one of our greatest songwriters, and one of our greatest voices.”

From NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121933081

~ by castleqwayr on December 28, 2009.

3 Responses to “R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Remembers Vic Chesnutt”

  1. Flannery O’ Connor is a great author I just got into her as a matter of fact I’m reading Everything that Rises Must Converge…I’m definitely going to check out Vic Chesnutt great post

  2. Thank you for posting.

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