Lori Tucker-Sullivan: I Can't Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love, and Legacy

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is thrilled to host Lori Tucker-Sullivan in celebration of her new book I Can't Remember If I Cried. She'll be joined in conversation by Jessica Webster from WEMU. 

About The Book: 

The stories of rock musicians who die young are the thing of lore and legend. Accidents, drug overdoses, plane crashes--all have taken the lives of male rock stars still in their primes. But what became of their widowed brides? How did they survive a loss so great? What is it like to have to share your grief with millions of strangers? And where are these widows today?

I Can't Remember if I Cried is part music history, part memoir, based around interviews with rock widows conducted by Lori Tucker-Sullivan--who herself lost her husband in 2010. With each widow that Lori interviews, she learns lessons in love, forgiveness, coping, and moving on. The book is framed by the author's own narrative to create a single thread that links the stories together to ultimately create a tale of how the author's life is changed through her interactions with these amazing women.

Among the women profiled by Tucker-Sullivan:

  • Judy VanZant who, after losing husband Ronnie of Lynyrd Skynyrd, sued the re-formed band in order to protect her interests.
  • Sandy Chapin, widow of Harry Chapin, who has worked tirelessly to uphold Harry's significant legacy around activism and hunger prevention.
  • Crystal Zevon, the ex-wife of Warren Zevon, who provides details of her abusive relationship with Warren and how she resolved her anger and grief.
  • Jamie Weiland, widow of Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland, speaking openly of Scott's mental health, which at times kept him housebound for days.
  • Janna Leblanc, widow of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who shares the details of her visits with Stevie in rehab.

Lori Tucker-Sullivan is a writer and educator whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, ModernLoss.com, Passages North and the anthologies Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, and 100 Words of Solitude: Writers on the Pandemic. Her essays “Detroit, 2015” and “Time, Touch, and a Whale’s Grief” were both nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "Detroit, 2015," was listed as a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays series. She is an instructor at Wayne State University and lives in a rehabbed factory in Detroit, Michigan. This is her first book. www.lortiuckersullivan.com



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124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I Can't Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love, and Legacy By Lori Tucker-Sullivan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493084142
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Backbeat Books - June 11th, 2024