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    DescriptionRaised in small-town Arkansas, Billy Bob Thornton grew up amid a rich storytelling tradition. See, the South is just different than other places. . . . You can feel the ghosts there. As a kid, he would sit on the porch listening to his family or some old man down the road spinning yarns about colorful neighbors. These stories didn't have to be made up. The characters were already there, so the stories just came out of the characters we knew. Thus was borne his Oscar(R)-winning masterpiece Sling Blade and now The Billy Bob Tapes--a narrative based on late-night conversations with Kinky Friedman and other friends who gathered 'round to hear Billy mine a cave full of ghosts.Billy grew up shooting squirrels, playing drums in VFW clubs, and dreaming of rock 'n' roll stardom or pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. Then at sixteen he took a drama class to meet chicks--and met Mrs. Treadway, who noticed the young man's talent and encouraged him as an actor and writer. "You don't know what it's like to be a drama teacher in a small town in Arkansas where nobody really cares," she said, "but let me tell you something. You can do this." These stories didn't have to be made up. The Everything I've accomplished since, I can trace back to this woman, Maudie Treadway.The colorful characters, stories, and experiences of his youth would find their way into Billy's work, in his films and music, and in his perspective and attitude. It's like the old saying goes: you can take the boy out of the hills, but you can't take the hills out of the boy. That boy did leave the hills--for Hollywood Hills. A true fish out of water, he recalls stories of miserable jobs, the cheapest accommodations, and physical hunger--but also a devoted writing partner Tom Epperson, a life-changing acting teacher in L.A., and a compassionate nurse who snuck him milk shakes when he was near starvation. But there was always the dream of being an actor, and his fortunes turned when he served hors d'oeuvres as a catering waiter to legendary director Billy Wilder, who advised him, "Write about your interesting life."Billy's long career in Hollywood yields stories of inspired collaborations and failed ones, true friendships with other actors and musicians, and good friends gone too soon. In The Billy Bob Tapes, he reflects on the critics, the culture around fame, and the challenges of conveying an artistic vision in film. Most striking is Billy's clear-eyed perspective about the magic of entertainment, and how we perceive it in a rapidly changing world. With passion, unvarnished honesty, wry humor, and a little help from friends Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Epperson, and Daniel Lanois, Billy Bob finally talks.


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    Title
    The Billy Bob Tapes
    Subtitle
    A Cave Full of Ghosts
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Billy Bob Thornton, With Kinky Friedman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780062101778
    ISBN 10: 0062101773
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1A
    DC21: 791.43028092
    BIC subject category V2: APB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A07203080
    DC22: 791.4302/8092
    B&T Approval Code: C07561000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN2287.T47 A3 2012
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNBF
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    William Morrow & Company
    Imprint name
    William Morrow & Company
    Publication date
    15 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Thornton's congenial, spirited delivery makes the story of his life before stardom an unexpected scene stealer . . . Like his approach to acting, "The Billy Bob Tapes" has a natural, unrehearsed style that's sure to not only entertain but also to charm. "--Oxford American