40 Odd Years

Known for his excellent taste in singer-songwriters (ex-wives Kate McGarrigle and Suzzy Roche) and his top-shelf DNA (kids Rufus and Martha Wainwright), Loudon Wainwright III is also one hell of a songsmith. With notes by pal Judd Apatow, this career retrospective is long on hilarious memoir, and lyrics about being a boozy, tragic pussy hound have gained depth in light of his family history. The bonus disc includes duets with his exes - celebrations and laments that epitomize the juggling act he's kept up for an entire artistic life.

Listen to Loudon Wainwright's "Motel Blues":

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From The Archives Issue 1132: June 9, 2011
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