Posted in music on December 26, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt - Warm (MP3)

Vic Chesnutt, RIP
Vic Chesnutt

What this man was capable of was superhuman. Vic was brilliant, hilarious and necessary; his songs messages from the ether, uncensored. He developed a guitar style that allowed him to play bass, rhythm and lead in the same song -- this with the movement of only two fingers. His fluid timing was inimitable, his poetry untainted by influences. He was my best friend.

I never saw the wheelchair--it was invisible to me--but he did. When our dressing room was up a flight of stairs, he'd casually tell me that he'd meet me in the bar. When we both contracted the same illness, I told him it was the worst pain I'd ever felt. "I don't feel pain," he said. Of course. I'd forgotten. When I asked him to take a walk down the rain spattered sidewalk with me, he said his hands would get wet. Sitting on stage with him, I would request a song and he'd flip me off, which meant, "This finger won't work today." I saw him as unassailable--huge and wonderful, but I think Vic saw Vic as small, broken. And sad.

I don't know if I'll ever be able to listen to his music again, but I know how vital it is that others hear it. When I got the phone call I'd been dreading for the last fifteen years, I lost my balance. My whole being shifted to the left; I couldn't stand up without careening into the wall and I was freezing cold. I don't think I like this planet without Vic; I swore I would never live here without him. But what he left here is the sound of a life that pushed against its constraints, as all lives should. It's the sound of someone on fire. It makes this planet better.

And if I'm honest with myself, I admit that I still feel like he's here, but free of his constraints. Maybe now he really is huge. Unbroken. And happy.


100% of all funds raised will go to Vic's family.

* Michael Stipe remembers Vic Chesnutt
* Patti Smith & Jeff Mangum remember Vic Chesnutt



Comments (13)

that was really nice kristin!
is he really gone?

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 12:59 AM

Kristin has been a stand-up person going back all the way to her days in Providence. We know at least one thing for sure about Vic, he was blessed with true friends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 1:08 AM

Thanks for posting this. By the way it's 'Hersh' not 'Hersch'.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 1:28 AM

so sad. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 1:33 AM

Peace Brother. You are amazing and will be deeply missed and never forgotten. love ya....

Posted by robbie c | December 26, 2009 5:00 AM

how do we know that he is really dead?

Posted by grim reaper | December 26, 2009 9:15 AM

God Bless Vic Chesnutt

Posted by Darnell | December 26, 2009 2:23 PM

Vic - you were wonderful. Take a long good rest, and we'll see you when we'll see you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 5:25 PM

so sad to vic chesnutt is gone.

kristin hersh is a beautiful person, a true friend.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2009 8:51 PM

Too sad. RIP Vic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2009 1:23 AM

Kristin...go easy would you...the world will be ok without Vic...not really and for the worse of corse...great great artist...things only last in memory anyhow...memory is the only actual computer... our real go easy won't do any good via grief...grief is one unmastered motherfucker...good on you for being his Good friend, jeff

Posted by jeff weigand volcano suns rogers high | January 8, 2010 4:31 PM

That reads wrong...what I mean Kristin is go easy on yourself via this...he will be remembered and I am sure you were a comfort to him while did your best I bet...the world will be ok of course, but much less...Jeff from old Rogers...

Posted by jeff weigand volcano suns rogers high | January 8, 2010 4:36 PM

I am awful at expression...the world of course will be ok, but without Vic, it will be more monsterous and lonely...but you certainly were his buddy and stood by him no matter what...guess that is what I have been trying to say...hope you are alright...

Posted by jeff weigand volcano suns rogers high | January 8, 2010 4:45 PM

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