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

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Texas A&M University Press, Oct 31, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
Winner, 2016 the Belmont Book Award, Sponsored by the International Country Music Conference

For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded 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 “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” L.A. Freeway,” “She Ain’t Going 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: The 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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User Review  - joeldinda - LibraryThing

A solid biography of Clark and his wife Susanna, and the folks who populated their lives. The author's perhaps a bit closer to her subject than I'd prefer, but mostly she's used that closeness well. I *would* like to see a second bio, with a more distant perspective. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Beginning
3
Monahans
5
The South Coast of Texas
32
Kennedy Hurricane Carla and the Peace Corps
56
Houston
65
Bunny Susanna San Francisco and Los Angeles
90
Nashville 19721997
111
Hangin Your Life on the Wall
217
Americana Music Comes to Town
237
To Live Is to Fly
259
Guy and Me 1998Present
281
Always Trust Your Cape
283
Exposť
300
My Favorite Picture of You
325
Epilogue
349

Outlaws and Poets
113
The RCA Years
142
The Warner Years
166
GALLERY OF IMAGES
189
Fresh Voices and Old Friends
189
NOTES ON SOURCES
353
USED WITH PERMISSION
373
INDEX
377
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Producer of Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, which won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, TAMARA SAVIANO is a publicist and producer living in Nashville. She is also former managing editor of Country Music magazine and produced the 2012 Americana Album of the Year, This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.

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