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The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts

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Billy Bob Thornton was raised in Arkansas amid a rich storytelling tradition. See, the South is just different than other places. . . . You can feel the ghosts. These stories didn't have to be made up. The characters were already there. Thus was borne his Oscar®-winning masterpiece Sling Blade and now The Billy Bob Tapes—based on

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Billy Bob Thornton was raised in Arkansas amid a rich storytelling tradition. See, the South is just different than other places. . . . You can feel the ghosts. These stories didn't have to be made up. The characters were already there. Thus was borne his Oscar®-winning masterpiece Sling Blade and now The Billy Bob Tapes—based on late-night conversations with friends who gathered 'round to hear Billy mine a cave full of ghosts.

Billy grew up shooting squirrels, playing drums, and dreaming of rock 'n' roll and baseball. At sixteen he met the drama teacher who first encouraged his talent. Billy recalls struggling and nearly starving in Hollywood—but also encountering compassion and wisdom from people like legendary director Billy Wilder, who advised: "Write about your interesting life."

The Billy Bob Tapes tells of collaboration, friendship, and loss, while reflecting on fame, culture, filmmaking, and entertainment itself. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Austin Chronicle
“Bone-deep East Texas/Arkansas feel . . . rife with Southern gothicisms, delightfully weird digressions, and the sort of 3am philosophizing that Flannery O’Connor had to make up . . . [Thornton is] a natural born storyteller.”
Oxford American
“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. ”
Robert Duvall
“As a writer, Billy Bob puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat.”
New York Times
“Like many Southerners, Mr. Thornton, who grew up in Arkansas, is a gifted storyteller, with an eye for the telling detail and a moving way of blending comedy with tragedy. ”
Chicago Sun-Times
“One of the more readable, insightful and entertaining celebrity autobiographies in recent memory - a tragicomedy that could be turned into its own movie.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062101785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
630,787
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.86(d)

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Robert Duvall
“As a writer, Billy Bob puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat.”

Meet the Author

Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, screenwriter, director, and musician. In the early 1990s, he wrote, directed, and starred in the independent film Sling Blade, for which he won an Academy Award® for best adapted screenplay and was nominated for best actor. Thornton is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and his body of work includes A Simple Plan, Monster's Ball, The Alamo, Friday Night Lights, The Man Who Wasn't There, Bandits, and Bad Santa. Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter in his early teens and has released seven albums. He is currently a drummer vocalist in the Boxmasters. He resides in Los Angeles.

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the Governor of the Heart of Texas.

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the governor of the heart of Texas.

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