Without Getting Killed or Caught

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

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For more than forty years, Guy Clark has been writing and recording unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model, mentor, supporter, and friend to at least two generations of the world's most talented and influential singer-songwriters. In songs like "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train," "The Randall Knife," "She Ain't Goin' Nowhere," and "Texas, 1947," Clark's poetic mastery has given voice to a vision of life, love, and trouble that has resonated not only with fans of Americana music, but also with the prominent artists-including Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others-who have recorded and performed Clark's music.

Now, in Without Getting Killed or Caught: Th e Life and Music of Guy Clark , writer, producer, and music industry insider Tamara Saviano chronicles the story of this legendary artist from her unique vantage point as his former publicist and producer of the Grammy-nominated album This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Part memoir, part biography, Saviano's skillfully constructed narrative weaves together the extraordinary songs, larger-than-life characters, previously untold stories, and riveting emotions that make up the life of this modern-day poet and troubadour.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 839.15g
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 103 black & white photographs
  • 1623494540
  • 9781623494544
  • 46,971

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"I can see every picture and every character Guy wrote about in his songs. I can't wait to read the book and fill in the missing pieces of my friend who I knew for 40 years" -Vince Gill-- (06/08/2016) "sent me back to my stereo and weeks of Guy Clark songs. It's that good of a book, and he's that good of a songwriter. . . . Highly recommended." --Pacific Rim Review of Books--Pacific Rim Review of Books "reads like an Americana version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road . . . If this were a record, it'd be my record not of just the year, but of the decade."--No Depression-- (04/11/2017) "Saviano captures the full story of an extraordinary life and talent, told with both an unwavering honesty and loving admiration"--Austin Chronicle
--Austin Chronicle (01/25/2017) "Saviano has patiently compiled a must-have edition to the library of any actual or amateur musicologist, and a compelling story of love, friendship, tragedy and cultural magic for the rest of us."--Lone Star Book Reviews
--Lone Star Book Reviews (01/25/2017) "Detailed, enlightening account. She maneuvers the story elegantly from biography to memior." -- The Wall Street Journal-- (11/29/2016) "Is one of the very best musical biographies in many years" -- The Morton Report--The Morton Report (10/06/2016) "Tamara Saviano hasn't just written the definitive biography of the definitive Texas singer-songwriter. She goes deep in unfolding the intimate relationship between Guy Clark, his wife and creative muse Susanna Clark, and their best friend, the other defintive Texas singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt." -Joe Nick Patoski author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire.-- (05/11/2016) "Take the dean of the Texas school of songwriting; mix in his wife, Susanna, an ethereal painter and an accomplished songwriter herself; add in their tragic friendship with Townes van Zandt, a tortured genius; and tell it all through the eyes of their friend, Tamara Saviano, one of the most gifted of Nashville chroniclers. With that, you have this book, a haunting account of the fiercely independent Guy Clark, and the '70s songwriting scene that swirled around him, hoping to find its own way to the other side of the sky." -- Alanna Nash, author of The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley
-- (05/04/2016)
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About Tamara Saviano

John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University, USA.
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