To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (2020)

To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt John Kruth To Live s to Fly The Ballad of the Late Great Townes Van Zandt At last the authorized biography of Townes Van Zandt who wrote such unforgettable songs as Pancho Lefty and If I Needed You Born to a wealthy oil family in Ft Worth Texas hounded by alc
  • Title: To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt
  • Author: John Kruth
  • ISBN: 9780306815539
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt John Kruth At last, the authorized biography of Townes Van Zandt 1944 1997 , who wrote such unforgettable songs as Pancho Lefty and If I Needed You Born to a wealthy oil family in Ft Worth, Texas, hounded by alcoholism and an unshakable depression, Van Zandt pursued a nomadic existence following his muse, whatever the cost to himself, friends, and family Based on exclusAt last, the authorized biography of Townes Van Zandt 1944 1997 , who wrote such unforgettable songs as Pancho Lefty and If I Needed You Born to a wealthy oil family in Ft Worth, Texas, hounded by alcoholism and an unshakable depression, Van Zandt pursued a nomadic existence following his muse, whatever the cost to himself, friends, and family Based on exclusive interviews with everyone who knew Van Zandt, including his best friend Guy Clark and colleagues like Steve Earle and John Prine, To Live s To Fly is a compelling portrait of a complex, haunted artist.
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  1. Bibliophile

    When Townes Van Zandt s third wife was scouting for the perfect house in Nashville, she picked one close to the airport, with a liquor store and a mental institution around the corner, figuring it would cover all her husband s needs It says a lot about Van Zandt that his wives and friends stayed loyal to him throughout the years He was a raving alcoholic and junkie who literally gave the shirt off his back to strangers but could be a first class asshat to those closest to him Take the time he sh [...]

  2. Hilary

    Well, I m a big fan of Townes Van Zandt I adore his music, the stories told about him, his thought process and his strange, strange style of writing He moves me, as he moved a lot of people I ve even corresponded with his daughter and wife.John Kruth wrote an interesting book on Townes He told the story of his life, his career, and interesting interviews with people who knew him are scattered throughout It s a passable effort, an interesting study, but it just isn t Townes at the end of the day [...]

  3. Robert

    This is a collection of folks who knew Townes talking about his life than a real biography This does not a bad egg make The book actually is really enjoyable in that you get a real sense of who Townes was from those who were closest to him and brief interviews with the man himself interspersed here and there You get to know him enough that it almost painful to read about his passing at the end of the book as well Townes was a brilliant poet and musician, and somewhat of an enigma, that will liv [...]

  4. Mauberley

    I made it to page 130 but decided to abandon the book its virtue lies in its being the first full length biography of Van Zandt Its failing for me, at any rate lies in its near total lack of insight into its subject mind or soul Kruth s book is good in describing Van Zandt s timeline but he rarely ventures into the man s soul printing Van Zandt s lyrics doesn t equal a thoughtful analysis of the artist On a personal note, I have owned a few of the man s records over the years and have regularly [...]

  5. Chilly SavageMelon

    This one s sort of a bummer, but it s TVZ who makes it so You listen to so many folks call him a genius, but then watch him blow it at most every turn And then you hear moments in the songs that back up the genius claim, but then see footage of him and realize he was even of a goofball than described in the interviews Kruth seems to have done his research and has the tale told mostly through the recollections of those who knew him I wouldn t have minded tales of his first trip, or the first tim [...]

  6. Tom Wilson

    The best way to read this book is with the albums, listening as you go Start with For the Sake of the Song and Live at the Old Quarter, when he arrives in Nashville listen to The Nashville Sessions, and so on You will hear what TVZ s friends and fans are talking about Then watch the film Heartworn Highways for a taste of Texas music in the 1970s The story itself is one of good time boys hell bent on self destruction and the arc of the cowboy poet It broke my heart and made me feel better, much l [...]

  7. Al

    Kruth takes on a tough job thsoe who knew and loved Toenes were and are fiercely protective of him the chapter containing Kruth s interview with Guy Clark says about Clark than anything I ve ever read about him Kruth delves, sometimes without much success, into the morass of personal relationships, business dealings and sheer musical brillance that made up Townes Van Zandt s life and what emerges is a portrait of a funny, often wise, and all too screwed up human being There will be other, possi [...]

  8. Chris

    An excellent, well written and gripping account of the life and death of Townes Van Zandt My one complaint would be that Kruth does sometimes put himself too much in the story and the chapter on Guy Clark is the prime example of this Still this is the best music book I ve read in a while Since I just finished the Farley book before this, I really need to read something next that is not about drugged out, talented, but fatally flawed people.

  9. bo bedingfield

    In my opinion, the author of a biography should be invisible In reading this book, I ve learned perhaps as much about Mr Kruth the author and his high opinion of himself as I have about the book s supposed subject.It s hard for even a bad writer to mess up a biography about a person who s life was as interesting as Townes was, but I ll never read another book by John Kruth again.

  10. Theo

    While I feel the documentary that came out about Townes was a better portrait of the artist, this bio does a good job of expounding the myth of this Texas artist The direction of the book is fluid and you don t get much insight of a timeline, just what people remember and there can be three stories about the same event, including two different ones from Townes himself.

  11. Joel Switzer

    Kruth paints an amazing picture of the gloriously underrated and talented Texan singer and song writer The book features interviews with everyone you d could ever imagine, from Guy and Suzanne Clark, to Blaze Foley, Kevin Eggers and nearly all of Towne s wives and children The story is a painful one to get through, but that was the life that Townes lead.

  12. Jason

    Great bio on the probably the most gifted tragic songwriter most of the world never appreciated while he was around Capable of making even Hank Williams Sr cry.This book gives detailed accounts from people who knew him, and regardless of how everyone felt about his life career death, no sides are taken by writer.One of the best music bios I have ever read.

  13. Michael

    I enjoyed this book because of the content I wanted to give it 4 stars based on this, but the book is limited by the author imposing too much of himself on the narrative It s almost a book about how he researched a book The writing is clumsy in places I would still recommend this book to anyone interested in Townes, because the content gives a great insight into the man behind the music.

  14. Wes Young

    Townes is my absolute favorite songwriter of all time This book explores a lot that the film Be Here to Love Me did not When all is said and done, the question that should be asked is How did Townes live as long as he did His story is an insane one.

  15. Corbin

    Although written a bit immaturely, there are enough gossipy details about Townes life to than make up for the lack of quality writing I walked away a little in awe, a little disappointed, and a lot knowledgeable of one of my musical heroes.

  16. Andrew Dietz

    Thorough, and the subject matter dear, but written a little half assedly with some non chronological meandering and goofy hyperbole when attempting lyrics as prose praise and critique Certainly worth a read, though, because it s Townes goddamn Can Zandt.

  17. Eva

    He s the folk version of Jim Morrison A good read, although all the usual rock n roll debauchery gets a little tired Still, inspiring for anyone who wants to live their art.

  18. Russell

    Townes Van Zandt is the best sonwriter in the whole world I ll stand on Bob Dylan s coffee table in my cowboy boots say that Steve Earle

  19. ds white

    the legend who still has not been given his dues there is also a great documentery on Townes that you should rent, but read the book too

  20. Tomy

    i enjoyed the first book about the amazing tvz wasn t interested in kruth s opinions, experiences, or who he knowsjust wanted townesd

  21. Steve

    clipped together previous interviews than anything, but given the subject matter e.g the greatest songwriter of the 20th C , that ll do er.

  22. Carl

    having known little about the man, i found this book quite engrossing highly recommended for anyone who s ever gotten drunk in their garage alone on a saturday night.

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