Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

Book cover design


4.75 × 7 inches
Hardback cloth with dust jacket
University of Texas Press
Fall 2015


Part memoir, part biography, this haunting ode to a lost friend offers a look into the troubled life of singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt. A stark, black and white photograph paired with a crooked typeface—reminiscent of the lettering from the album cover West of Rome—is all this emotionally charged, little book needed.

Photograph © Danny Clinch.


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