Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour


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Grove Press
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

RICKIE LEE JONES has released seventeen record albums and received two Grammy Awards. She lives in New Orleans.


Praise for Last Chance Texaco:

"A jaw-dropping youth, and an addictive, funny, eccentric and perceptive memoir." --Nick Hornby

"In this raw and roving life story, Jones depicts a child who recognized her humanity and worth even when others wouldn't, and a woman whose confidence helped her rise above heroin addiction, music-industry sexism and the traumas of her youth . . . In a book about the past, Jones has no problem moving on. It's a neat trick." --Jake Cline, Washington Post

"Candid, cosmic, so cool... An impassioned and cinematic trip through Jones's eventful life. Jones manages to carry her originality, intimacy, and volcanic expressiveness into book form." --Boston Globe

"Terrific... The prose is rich and rhythmic, filled with lines that are pithy ("Rickie Lee is a Frank Capra movie that had been overtaken by Stanley Kubrick") and poetic ("childhood traumas leave their dirty footprints on the fresh white snow of our happy-ever-afters.") . . . Jones is as fearless in prose as she is on stage." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"So remarkably beautifully written, showing [Rickie Lee's] signature as a songwriter, too." --Scott Simon, NPR

"One of the most compelling memoirs I've ever read... What really sucks you in, and lifts you up, is the dazzling magic of her prose." --Please Kill Me

"Well-crafted and intensely candid." --San Diego Union-Tribune

"A crackling debut memoir... Wise and gorgeous, this story is as poetic as the songs that made Jones famous." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"In gorgeous prose interspersed with her lyrics, this is as distinctive as she is, a rich, bracing, and candid memoir dancing with the love of language." --Booklist (starred review)

"What makes this a most inspiring memoir is her absorbing storytelling, facility with language (no surprise there) and her fealty to integrity - commerce be damned." --Michael Simmons, MOJO

"This tender, fierce, intimate memoir is testament that Jones has lived a life as brave... and rich as her music--with love, heartbreak, addiction, and magic, sprinkled throughout." --O Magazine

"Men leave, fame fizzles, family breaks your heart...but Jones knows a good story and how to tell it." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Fans will enjoy this buoyant coming-of-age narrative by one of music's most idiosyncratic performers." --Library Journal

Praise for Rickie Lee Jones:

"Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation." --NPR

"[Her] music has healing properties: the beauty of its melodies and the wisdom of its words soothe the soul and remind us what a peculiar treasure Jones is." --Boston Globe

"Intimate and real . . . she feels like an old, confiding friend--plaintive and genuinely heartbreaking." --Mother Jones

"One of the most intriguing, idiosyncratic vocalists of our time." --USA Today

"A singular talent." --Daily Mirror (UK)

"There has always been something defiant about Rickie Lee Jones . . . [with] a voice from a dream, elusive yet familiar, transcendent, a messenger from another place." --Independent (UK)

"A standout international performer." --The Australian