To live's to fly: the ballad of the late, great Townes Van Zandt

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Da Capo, Mar 5, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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At last, the authorized biography of Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997), who wrote such unforgettable songs as “Pancho & Lefty” and “If I Needed You.” Born to a wealthy oil family in Ft. Worth, Texas, hounded by alcoholism and an unshakable depression, Van Zandt pursued a nomadic existence following his muse, whatever the cost to himself, friends, and family. Based on exclusive interviews with everyone who knew Van Zandt, including his best friend Guy Clark and colleagues like Steve Earle and John Prine, To Live’s To Fly is a compelling portrait of a complex, haunted artist.

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Townes Van Zandt was a brilliant song writer. - Goodreads
The writing is clumsy in places. - Goodreads
It's almost a book about how he researched a book. - Goodreads

Review: To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt

User Review  - Chilly SavageMelon - Goodreads

This one's sort of a bummer, but it's TVZ who makes it so. You listen to so many folks call him a genius, but then watch him blow it at most every turn. And then you hear moments in the songs that ... Read full review

Review: To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt

User Review  - Fox - Goodreads

Well, I'm a big fan of Townes Van Zandt. I adore his music, the stories told about him, his thought process and his strange, strange style of writing. He moves me, as he moved a lot of people. I've ... Read full review


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John Kruth is a writer, musician, and author of Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rashaan Roland Kirk. He lives in New York City.

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