Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman

Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman

by Mary Lou Sullivan


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(Book). Kinky Friedman has always maintained his Kinkster persona and hidden Richard Friedman from the public eye. Using one-liners, humor, and occasional rudeness, he follows the advice of his friend Bob Dylan to keep an aura of mystery. Author Mary Lou Sullivan spent many contentious days and nights at Kinky's Texas Hill Country ranch before he trusted her enough to open up and speak candidly. Best known as an irreverent cigar-chomping Jewish country-and-western singer, turned author, turned politician, Kinky has dined on monkey brains in the jungles of Borneo, supped with presidents, and vacationed with Bob Dylan in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. A satirist who loves pushing the envelope, he's been attacked onstage, received bomb threats, and put on the only show in Austin City Limits' history deemed too offensive to air. From the 1970s music scene in L.A. with Tom Waits and the Band, to political platforms advocating legalized marijuana, to friendships with John Belushi, Joseph Heller, Don Imus, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton, this is the candid account based on dozens and years of interviews of the larger-than-life Texan who is still writing books and songs, recording albums, and performing for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495058967
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 495,565
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Kinky Friedman ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Growing Up in the Lone Star State 1

2 Austin and the University of Texas 17

3 Peace Corps in Borneo 39

4 Jewish Cowboy in Nashville 61

5 On the Road with the Texas Jewboys 87

6 Banned at Austin City Limits 115

7 Bob Dylan and the L.A. Scene 137

8 Running Wild in the Big Apple 167

9 Back at the Ranch with a Smith-Corona 201

10 Friends in High Places 229

11 The Man in the Arena 255

12 The Lasting Legacy of Kinky Friedman 285

Discography 307

Books 309

Documentaries and Movies 311

Bibliography 313

Index 319

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