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

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

by John Kruth
     
 

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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 depression, Van Zandt pursued a nomadic existence following his muse, whatever the cost to himself, friends, and

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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 depression, Van Zandt pursued a nomadic existence following his muse, whatever the cost to himself, friends, and relatives. Based on exclusive interviews with those close to Van Zandt, including his best friend Guy Clark and colleagues like Steve Earle and John Prine, To Live’s to Fly captures all the humor, hijinks, poetry, and heartbreak of this revered, genuinely outlaw country artist.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Gate
Kruth is at his best in retelling the story of Van Zandt's final days and hours...Commendable.
Country Standard Time
Excellent...In-depth...Provides an understanding of [Van Zandt] through both his actions and his songs.
Chart
His meticulously researched book adds to the myth surrounding the musician.

The Bookseller
This is the first significant biography.

No Depression
Kruth has written a fine book, a thorough book, rich with vivid truths.

Library Journal

Musician and author Kruth (Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rashaan Roland Kirk) has written the first biography of legendary Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt (1944-97). In his struggle for recognition among a wider public, Van Zandt wrestled for years with depression and alcoholism while writing songs--e.g., "Pancho and Lefty" and "Be Here To Love Me"--that today are revered by the elite of Texas and Nashville songwriters as well as by a cult group of fans. Through access to Van Zandt's friends, family members, and fellow musicians, Kruth provides an intimate and unflinching look at the singer's life, and many of these remembrances are presented as direct, first-person testimonies. Kruth also utilizes other writings, journalistic accounts, and old interviews with the artist as well as his own detailed examinations of the songs and their lyrics. His book will give both longtime fans and those new to Van Zandt's work a dramatic portrait of an American artist. Recommended.
—Jim Collins

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306816048
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
810,662
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


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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