‘Without Getting Killed or Caught’ – Guy Clark Bio

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Guy Clark Biography
‘Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark’

To Be Released October 18 2016

Guy Clark was a particularly gifted songwriter.  He held a pivotal role among a ground-breaking and influential group of singers, songwriters and performers that shaped a new way of writing – among them Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and Steve Earle.

Clark was strong-minded as was his wife Susanna and together they were a formidable pair. Clark’s passing on 17 May this year was a huge loss.  This bio (Texas A&M University Press) comes at a perfect time.
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Sam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll – A Review

Yep Roc Releases

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock N Roll

Collection Curated By Peter Guralnick

How good is this!

Fifty five songs.  Over 140 minutes of play time.  Featuring Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, John Prine, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison,, Sleepy John Estes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Junior Parker and more.  Plus, forty eight pages of liner notes from acclaimed author Peter Guralnick. Continue reading

Ray Wylie Hubbard Has The Ruffian’s Misfortune



Renowned Texas singer/songwriter and larger-than-life character Ray Wylie Hubbard returns with a ‘lean ’n’ mean’ follow-up to 2012’s The Grifter’s Hymnal.  As well, the album is soon to be followed by a colourful autobiography A Life … Well, Lived.

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Neil Young The Author

Neil Young Plans Another Book

onthebeachKeeping up with Neil Young’s movements has always been a thoroughly enjoyable enterprise, which for me commenced in 1974 with my first ever Neil purchase – the magnificent On The Beach vinyl.

What’s next?  After his non-linear but fascinating memoir Waging Heavy Peace, Rolling Stone magazine has revealed that Neil Young has plans for a second book.  This one will focus on Young’s lifetime interest in automobiles as well as his recent environmental activism.

Read more on the Rolling Stone piece.  I wonder whether he’ll reference that tail fin section on the On The Beach cover – maybe  ‘Hello Car Fin In The Sand’?…

The Band: Pioneers Of Americana Music

The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music:
New Book Coming April 2014: Scarecrow Press


I’ve read two books about The Band: Across the Great Divide – The Band and America by Barney Hoskyns and This Wheel’s on Fire – Levon Helm and the Story of the Band by Levon Helm with Stephen Davis.  Both are fascinating accounts of one of the greatest and most different bands in rock history.  Indeed I’ve long considered that The Band are the godfathers of alt. country and Americana music, presenting a roots-based blend of “native” American music like no one else.

Now it looks like I’m going to have to increase my book collection on The Band, with the news of a forthcoming new release – The Band: The Pioneers of Americana Music by Craig Harris, available April 2014.

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New Books – For Music Followers


Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn

Looking for a perfect Christmas gift for that music-loving family member or friend?

There’s plenty of good music writing options out there – particularly if you like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, great author Peter Guralnick or Ricky Scaggs (check out here)