I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

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For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States, compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and dozens of others. He's become not only a new-century Dylan but a modern-day Will Rogers, an everyman whose intelligence, self-deprecation, experience, and sense of humor make him a uniquely American character. In live performance, Snider's monologues are cheered as much as his songs. But never before has he told the whole story. Running the gamut from personal ...
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Overview


For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States, compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and dozens of others. He's become not only a new-century Dylan but a modern-day Will Rogers, an everyman whose intelligence, self-deprecation, experience, and sense of humor make him a uniquely American character. In live performance, Snider's monologues are cheered as much as his songs. But never before has he told the whole story. Running the gamut from personal memoir to shaggy-dog comedy to rueful memories of his troubles and triumphs with drugs and alcohol to sharp-eyed observations from years on the road, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like is for fans of Snider's music, but also for fans of America itself: the broad, wild country that has produced figures of folk wisdom like Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Tonya Harding, Garrison Keillor, and more. There are storytellers and there are performers and there are stand-up comedians. And then there's Todd Snider, who is all three in one, and something else entirely.
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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.”

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-06
A rambling memoir of life as a troubadour. In concert, Snider has long been known for his storytelling abilities, both within his songs and (especially) between them, so a book about his escapades with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker and John Prine would seem to be a natural for him. Snider claims he can't focus unless he is heavily under the influence—of marijuana or whatever else is handy—but as he tells readers, "rest assured, during this entire time of writing you this book, I have been totally and completely focused." The author presents himself throughout as a good-natured guy whose heart is (usually) in the right place and whose head is in the ozone. He writes of sabotaging record deals, blowing off club sets, getting robbed at a carwash by Tony Bennett (same name, different guy), getting busted, meeting his wife in rehab and learning a lesson in bighearted generosity from Garth Brooks. "Garth was a lot less music business–oriented toward me and a lot gentler and more poetic toward me than some of my supposedly art-first songwriter friends," he writes. Snider also explains how his experiences over the years have changed his attitudes, though he remains adamant about resisting maturity: "I am devout about next to nothing, but I am devoutly not going to allow myself to grow up. I believe with all my soul that not growing up is going to be the best way to contribute to the world the best way I can. The alternative wasn't going to help me in any way or make any of my songs better." He also pads the narrative with full lyrics to many songs and the stories behind them, giving 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306822605
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 111,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Todd! Let's get this book on the best sellers list man! The 'mos

    Todd! Let's get this book on the best sellers list man! The 'mostly true' tales keep me reading right through the entire book, front to back without stopping. Felt like I was on the road with Todd and the band for 20 odd years, really odd years. Thanks for telling your story.

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  • Posted March 6, 2015

    Fun Read

    I love his shows. This book elaborates a little on the stories he tells at his concerts. It's well enough written and very easy to read. It's not chronological which might upset some people but you have to go with the flow with Todd.

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