Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

by Tamara Saviano


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Winner, 2016 the Belmont Book Award, Sponsored by the International Country Music Conference

For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model, mentor, supporter, and friend to at least two generations of the world’s most talented and influential singer-songwriters. In songs like “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” L.A. Freeway,” “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and “Texas 1947,” Clark’s poetic mastery has given voice to a vision of life, love, and trouble that has resonated not only with fans of Americana music, but also with the prominent artists—including Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others—who have recorded and performed Clark’s music.

Now, in Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, writer, producer, and music industry insider Tamara Saviano chronicles the story of this legendary artist from her unique vantage point as his former publicist and producer of the Grammy-nominated album This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Part memoir, part biography, Saviano’s skillfully constructed narrative weaves together the extraordinary songs, larger-than-life characters, previously untold stories, and riveting  emotions that make up the life of this modern-day poet and troubadour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623494544
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Series: John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 261,675
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Producer of Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, which won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, TAMARA SAVIANO is a publicist and producer living in Nashville. She is also former managing editor of Country Music magazine and produced the 2012 Americana Album of the Year, This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue 1

Part 1 The Beginning 3

Chapter 1 Monahans 5

Chapter 2 The South Coast of Texas 32

Chapter 3 Kennedy, Hurricane Carla, and the Peace Corps 56

Chapter 4 Houston 65

Chapter 5 Bunny, Susanna, San Francisco, and Los Angeles 90

Part 2 Nashville, 1972-1997 111

Chapter 6 Outlaws and Poets 113

Chapter 7 The RCA Years 142

Chapter 8 The Warner Years 166

Chapter 9 Fresh Voices and Old Friends 189

Chapter 10 Hangin' Your Life on the Wall 217

Chapter 11 Americana Music Comes to Town 237

Chapter 12 To Live Is to Fly 259

Part 3 Guy and Me, 1998-Present 281

Chapter 13 Always Trust Your Cape 283

Chapter 14 Exposé 300

Chapter 15 My Favorite Picture of You 325

Epilogue 349

Notes on Sources 353

Index 377


Nashville, TN

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RebaKay More than 1 year ago
What a vivid walk through the journey of Guy Clark, a single-minded, self-made aristocrat of literary performance art, and his friends, who were everybody who was anybody in the folk/country music scene...or would be. The brutal honesty & well placed "random facts" evoke an insatiable appetite to know more, and a times...to know less. At times, leaving me fighting to reconcile due respect & adoration for Guy Clark's talent, everything he accomplished, everyone's lives he touched, the near God-like impact he had on the music & songwriting scene (and who was and wasn't cool enough to be in the club) ...with contempt for some choices he made along the way. Bravo for luring me in so deeply that I take it personally enough to have internal conflict over it, as if these joys and pains were somehow my own. But aren't they? We all know and love everyone in your book and the magic they made for us. "Without Getting Killed Or Caught" shows us all that there is no limit if you don't ever see one. Just do what you do. Whatever you do. Just make sure you make magic. Thank you Tamara Saviano...for making magic!