Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley Volume 2

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University of North Texas Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Sybil Rosen was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. A screenwriter and playwright, she has won many awards. A short documentary for which she wrote the narration was nominated for an Academy Award in that category, and while she wrote for the TV show Guiding Light, it won an Emmy for best writing. She currently lives in Whitesburg, Georgia.
"More famous dead than alive, Blaze Foley continues growing in legend. . . . Romantic without being cloying, Living in the Woods in a Tree is perhaps the most complete vision of the Duct Tape Messiah as we're likely to get, and Rosen portrays a complex, confounding subject with a simplicity and seductiveness that's all too rare."--Austin Chronicle
"A much-liked character on the Austin, Texas, music scene in the 1970s and '80s, he was shot dead at 39. Though his recorded output is scarce, his influence remains large. His friend Lucinda Williams wrote a song about him--"Drunken Angel"--as did Townes Van Zandt. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and others have covered his songs."--New York Post
"In her work--mostly memoir, part biography--Rosen struggles to come to terms with Foley's myth and her role in its creation. She offers a firsthand account of his transformation from a reticent hippie musician to the enigmatic singer-songwriter who'd live and die outside society's rules."--Texas Music
"Thumbs up!"--Merle Haggard

"Living in the Woods in a Tree comes at a time when music fans are hungry to know more about Blaze Foley. There are no books that compete with Rosen's, and it's quite unlikely that any ever will. Rosen's time with him (and her deft telling of that time) reveals so much about the man and the music."--Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

"Poetic and gripping, this beautifully written book ends up being about Blaze, the author, the times, and the creative journey. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys strong writing and great story telling, who is interested in Blaze Foley or Texas music. An impressive work in every way!"--Louis Black, editor, Austin Chronicle and executive producer of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

"Most people live their life in quiet desperation, and usually indoors. Mr. Foley blazed the outdoors and made the rest of us unique. A rare book about a rare being."--Colonel Bruce Hampton