Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and Other American Icons

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Adams Media, Mar 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 424 pages
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After spending time as a professor in upstate New York, Robert Ward decided to give journalism a try.

What followed were two decades of assignments for New Times, GQ, SPORT, Rolling Stone, and other publications, covering the biggest stars of the sporting, music, art, and film worlds. This collection includes Ward's celebrated story on Reggie Jackson that nearly tore the New York Yankees apart (and was later brought to life in an ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning"); a profile of the "outlaw" country music movement of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and David Allan Coe; and an insightful feature on Hustler publisher Larry Flynt as a young pornographer that almost cost Ward his life.

Also included are essays about the former premier of Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky trying to adjust to life in California; an aging Lee Marvin dealing with the survivor's guilt from his time in World War II; and profiles of LeRoy Neiman, Robert Mitchum, and a variety of fringe characters on the American scene.

  

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Review: Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and Other American Icons

User Review  - Clif Smith - Goodreads

A bit dated as the writer has selected interviews he had done in the 70's and 80's. Still, it was interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Dianne Emley - Goodreads

Great read. Definitely a slice of an era. Read full review

Contents

Introduction from Roy Blount Ir
7
The Yawn Patrol
25
The Passing of Baltimores Block
47
The Mount Kisco Sting
73
Marshal Ky Amongst the Roses
95
Grossing Out with Publishings Hottest Hustler
115
The Playboy of the Western Art World
159
The Bird Is the Word
187
Zombies Every Sunday
253
The Oakland Raiders Charming Assassin
267
The Night the Lights Went Out in Baltimore
281
Redneck Rock
293
Down at the End of Lonely Street
317
A Fistful of Critics
329
Robert Mitchum
381
The Break
399

Reggie Iackson in NoMans Land
207
Pete Maravich Is Still Magic
235
Son of the Invisible Man
413
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About the author (2012)

A native of Baltimore, Robert Ward has worked as a novelist, professor, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His first effort was the critically acclaimed novel Shedding Skin, which won the National Endowment for the Arts award for first novel of exceptional merit.

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