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Waylon: An Autobiography
     

Waylon: An Autobiography

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by Waylon Jennings, Lenny Kaye
 

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Waylon Jennings relates the story of his life as a country music star. His beginnings were poor but he became Buddy Holly's protege before sinking into drug abuse and 3 failed marriages. His success came when he met his present wife, Jessi Colter.

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Waylon Jennings relates the story of his life as a country music star. His beginnings were poor but he became Buddy Holly's protege before sinking into drug abuse and 3 failed marriages. His success came when he met his present wife, Jessi Colter.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Well turned, sometimes salty...refreshing...candid...poignant....An honest spotlight on a passel of colorful characters....One of the best of country's tell-alls, as warm, peculiar, and individualistic as Jennings's music itself.
Washington Post
As good a book about American popular music as one is likely to find.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As one of the original "outlaw" country music stars, Jennings (b. 1937) has done his best to live up to the image of the hard-living honky-tonker who doesn't take crap from anybody. With the help of writer and rock guitarist Kaye, an older, calmer, drug-free Jennings now relates his life story, from his childhood in a dirt-floored house in West Texas, through his busted marriages and hard-partying days, to his current existence as happily married man (to country star Jessi Colter) and member of the Highwaymen, the country music supergroup made up of Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. The narration reads as if Jennings is relating stories over a beer. There are wonderfully evocative accounts of playing bass for Buddy Holly on his last tourJennings gave up his seat on the plane that crashed, killing Holly and the Big Bopperand of Jennings and Johnny Cash sharing an apartment in Nashville in the early '60s. There's a little more than most readers need to know about Jennings's money troubles, sex life, personal feuds and various drug habits, and there are a few too many testimonials from younger performers (e.g., Billy Ray Cyrus telling Jennings, "You're like a god to me"). As a raconteur, Jennings is by turns self-deprecating and self-indulgent, but never less than entertaining, and almost always charming. This soulful book should interest most anyone curious about the life of a pop musician, and is likely to be essential reading for country fans. A selected discography of Jennings's recordings is included. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
A country music star tells of his poor childhood and rise to stardom.
Ray Olson
Lately, we are hearing a lot about country music stars from Texas, what with Daniel Cooper's "Lefty Frizzell" , George Jones' "I Lived to Tell It All" , and a forthcoming life of Ernest Tubb. Fans interested in the professional making of music will probably prefer this autobiography of Nashville rebel Jennings to any of those. Waylon and fellow Texan Willie Nelson led the early-1970s revolt against the slick, sweet Nashville sound. They broke country music out of the nostalgic, pseudorural ghetto it inhabited during the 1950s and 1960s and into the free-spending (long-haired, drug-gobbling) rock market. Waylon tells the story of that achievement from the inside, paying plenty of attention to his squabbles with Nashville and his obsession with crafting a song. Before and during that testimony, he tells of his youth and early days in music (including a short stint with Texas rocker Buddy Holly), his years of pill popping (no drinking, though; he never could stand the stuff), and his satisfied life and mind since his marriage to singer Jessi Coulter. Instead of gussying up a text that probably started out on tape, coauthor Kaye wisely casts the whole book as a long oral history. Jennings' voice--grammatical gaffes, personal idioms, and all--"speaks" throughout, and by golly, it's a charming voice.
From the Publisher

"As good a book about American popular music as one is likely to find."  —Washington Post

"Folksy, funny, spirited. . . . There are plenty of Waylon moments to be enjoyed . . . loving, insightful . . . filled with backcountry humor. . . . Unflinchingly, the book reads true to the man: if you like Waylon, you'll love Waylon."  —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Well-turned, sometimes salty . . . refreshing . . . candid . . . poignant . . . An honest spotlight on a passel of colorful characters . . . . One of the best of country's tell-alls, as warm, peculiar, and individualistic as Jennings's music itself."  —Entertainment Weekly

“What a life! And what a wonderful story of a country boy who despite hardships unimaginable attained success and stardom. A 'must read' for not anyone, but everyone."  —Chet Atkins

"Finally, here is the autobiography we've all been waiting for!"  —Willie Nelson

"Read Waylon if you love country music. And read it if you admire renegades who throw away the formula and play it the way they hear it in their heads . . . . Eminently readable . . . . Mr. Jennings tells his tales with humor and detail."  —Dallas Morning News

"A no-holds-barred, tell-it-all story, overflowing with the honesty, true humor, and down-home charisma of an authentic honky-tonk hero down to the very last page."  —Music City News

"Essential reading for country fans."  —Publishers Weekly

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446562379
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/27/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
69,971
File size:
5 MB

What People are Saying About This

Chet Atkins
What a life! And what a wonderful story....A "must read" for everyone.
Johnny Cash
Vast, revealing, exciting, and entertaining....You'll love it.
From the Publisher

"As good a book about American popular music as one is likely to find."  —Washington Post

 

"Folksy, funny, spirited. . . . There are plenty of Waylon moments to be enjoyed . . . loving, insightful . . . filled with backcountry humor. . . . Unflinchingly, the book reads true to the man: if you like Waylon, you'll love Waylon."  —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Well-turned, sometimes salty . . . refreshing . . . candid . . . poignant . . . An honest spotlight on a passel of colorful characters . . . . One of the best of country's tell-alls, as warm, peculiar, and individualistic as Jennings's music itself."  —Entertainment Weekly

“What a life! And what a wonderful story of a country boy who despite hardships unimaginable attained success and stardom. A 'must read' for not anyone, but everyone."  —Chet Atkins

 

"Finally, here is the autobiography we've all been waiting for!"  —Willie Nelson

 

"Read Waylon if you love country music. And read it if you admire renegades who throw away the formula and play it the way they hear it in their heads . . . . Eminently readable . . . . Mr. Jennings tells his tales with humor and detail."  —Dallas Morning News

 

"A no-holds-barred, tell-it-all story, overflowing with the honesty, true humor, and down-home charisma of an authentic honky-tonk hero down to the very last page."  —Music City News

 

"Essential reading for country fans."  —Publishers Weekly

 

Kris Kristofferson
Truly inspiring...a beautiful story.
Willie Nelson
Finally, the autobiography we've all been waiting for!

Meet the Author

Waylon Jennings was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Lenny Kaye is an acclaimed music writer whose work has appeared in Crawdaddy, Creem, Hit Parader, Rolling Stone, and Village Voice. He is the author of You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon and has been playing guitar for Patti Smith since 1971. He lives in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ive ever read. Waylon Jennings was an amazing man who lived an amazing life. It sure tells his story well. He is one of my true inspriations that when times are tough to never give up. Anyone who is a huge fan of Waylon's should give this book a read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
waylon was a great singer but after reading this book i think he's even a greater man...you just can't put the booko down...its that good
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not many books that I can read from beginning to end and then pick up again a month later and reread it again. This is one of them. It is inspiring, tragic, funny and emotional. A definite read for all fans of Waylon, fans of country music and fans of autobiographies in general. Given five stars only because there is six star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to put down. You feel like Waylon is in your living room sharing with you the story of his life.
nobodyyouknow More than 1 year ago
Superb read! What an awesome man Waylon was. My respect level for him  went through after reading this! Refreshingly honest, insightful just all around fabulous read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I had read it several years ago and this time purchased it as a NOOK book. Very well written and honest telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waylon Jennings fan will love this book I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Great Book LOVED IT ;) :)
UO More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It was very entertaining from the first page to the last.Great writers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend the book on tape if you can get it since it's read by Waylon himself, but the book in either format is very good.
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