Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville

by Michael Streissguth


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Outlaw by acclaimed author Michael Streissguth follows the stories of three legends as they redefined country music: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Streissguth delves into the country music scene in the late '60s and early '70s, when these rebels found themselves in Music City writing songs and vying for record deals. Channeling the unrest of the times, all three Country Music Hall of Famers resisted the music industry’s unwritten rules and emerged as leaders of the outlaw movement that ultimately changed the recording industry.

Outlaw offers a broad portrait of the outlaw movement in Nashville that includes a diverse secondary cast of characters, such as Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Kinky Friedman, and Billy Joe Shaver, among others.

With archival photographs throughout, Outlaw is a comprehensive examination of a fascinating shift in country music, and the three unbelievably talented musicians who forged the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062038197
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 501,909
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Streissguth is the author of eight books, including Johnny Cash: The Biography. A professor in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, he has written for Mojo, the Journal of Country Music, Bluegrass Unlimited, and many other publications. He has written and produced two documentary films, Record Paradise and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and family.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Newcomers 9

2 Nashville Sounds 28

3 Let a Flower Be a Flower 49

4 Nothing Left to Lose 67

5 With Purpose Down There 93

6 The West End Watershed 113

7 Hillbilly Central 131

8 Burger Boy Outlaws 151

9 Between Worlds 167

10 Wanted! 185

11 Third Coast 203

12 Ain't Living Long Like This 221

Notes 247

Sources 273

Acknowledgments 283

Index 285

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Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read for anyone who loves music. Very fascinating. The only thing that would have made this better would have been a CD sampling of some of the music in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about some of the greatest country singers.
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