Last chance Texaco : chronicles of an American troubadour

by Jones, Rickie Lee,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
"Book of the Year." -- MOJO Magazine

"Outstanding Book of the Year." -- The Herald (Glasgow)

A Best Book of the Year by NPR, Pitchfork, The Telegraph , and Uncut

A tender and intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable, trailblazing, and tenacious women in music, the two-time Grammy Award-winning "premiere song-stylist and songwriter of her generation" (Hilton Als), Rickie Lee Jones.

This troubadour life is only for the fiercest hearts, only for those vessels that can be broken to smithereens and still keep beating out the rhythm for a new song.

Last Chance Texaco is the first-ever no-holds-barred account of the life of two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones in her own words. It is a tale of desperate chances and impossible triumphs, an adventure story of a girl who beat the odds and grew up to become one of the most legendary artists of her time, turning adversity and hopelessness into timeless music.

With candor and lyricism, the "Duchess of Coolsville" (Time) takes us on a singular journey through her nomadic childhood, to her years as a teenage runaway, through her legendary love affair with Tom Waits and ultimately her longevity as the hardest working woman in rock and roll. Rickie Lee's stories are rich with the infamous characters of her early songs - "Chuck-E's in Love," "Weasel and the White Boys Cool," "Danny's All-Star Joint," and "Easy Money"-- but long before her notoriety in show business, there was a vaudevillian cast of hitchhikers, bank robbers, jail breaks, drug mules, a pimp with a heart of gold and tales of her fabled ancestors.

In this tender and intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable, trailblazing, and tenacious women in music are never-before-told stories of the girl in the raspberry beret, a singer-songwriter whose music defied categorization and inspired American pop culture for decades.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Even after all these years, her image remains the same: elusive, mysterious, cool. Her physical presence is also indelible: a sleek singer-songwriter in a red beret. But Grammy--winning Rickie Lee Jones' life has not been as polished as her music. In her lyrical memoir, she writes about her rootless childhood as the granddaughter of vaudevillian performers, her difficult years as a teenage runaway, and her battles with drugs and other demons. But there was always music. "Performing is a religious experience for me," she writes. She also shares her stormy relationship with that other idiosyncratic troubadour, Tom Waits, and tales of her early gigs at L.A.'s famous Troubadour club, of friends and lovers, cowriters and producers, from Dr. John and Lowell George to a particularly weird encounter with Van Morrison. A nomad at heart, Jones has spent most of her life in cars, vans, and buses, traveling the world "via my thumb and VW Microbus" and even the now-gone Concorde. Jones was an old soul before she was even an adult. With gorgeous prose ("I did drugs like I did everything else. On fire, with no back door") interspersed with her lyrics, this is as distinctive as she is, a rich, bracing, and candid memoir dancing with the love of language."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two-time Grammy Award--winning singer Jones delivers a crackling debut memoir recounting her roving early years. Coming of age in a struggling family of orphans and artists in Arizona, her worldview was shaped by the cultural upheaval of the 1960s as well as the trauma she inherited from her veteran father and narrowly escaped as a hitchhiking runaway. "Some of us are born to live lives on an exaggerated scale," writes Jones. Divided into driving-themed sections, she begins with her childhood in "The Back Seat" and makes it to the "Driver's Seat" when her career as a singer-songwriter took off in 1979. Her travels informed tracks like "Easy Money" and "Night Train," with help from a world of edgy characters and lovers who became her muses. ("We were religions, we converted to each other," she writes of her romance with Tom Waits.) Threading her account with song lyrics, Jones creates a narrative soundtrack of her influences, including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marvin Gaye, and Laura Nyro. From a harrowing affair with heroin to bold career risks--for instance, not budging when SNL's Lorne Michael said her set might be cut short--Jones depicts both the pitfalls and bravery of living with nothing to lose. Wise and gorgeous, this story is as poetic as the songs that made Jones famous. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jones, Rickie Lee.
Women rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Women singers -- United States -- Biography.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Singers -- United States -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :Grove Press,2021
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition, First edition.
Other Titles Chronicles of an American troubadour
Language English
Description xviii, 364 : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780802127129
0802127126
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