Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville

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Harper Collins, Jun 4, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Outlaw by acclaimed author Michael Streissguth follows the stories of three legends as they redefined country music: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

Streissguth delves into the country music scene in the late '60s and early '70s, when these rebels found themselves in Music City writing songs and vying for record deals. Channeling the unrest of the times, all three Country Music Hall of Famers resisted the music industry’s unwritten rules and emerged as leaders of the outlaw movement that ultimately changed the recording industry.

Outlaw offers a broad portrait of the outlaw movement in Nashville that includes a diverse secondary cast of characters, such as Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Kinky Friedman, and Billy Joe Shaver, among others.

With archival photographs throughout, Outlaw is a comprehensive examination of a fascinating shift in country music, and the three unbelievably talented musicians who forged the way.


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User Review  - bjkelley - LibraryThing

Waylon, Willie, Kris, and The Renegades of Nashville was a well written and researched book. Recommended for anyone interested in "The Outlaw Movement" or fans of Country music in general. Read full review

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User Review  - bjkelley - LibraryThing

Not a bad overview of "The Outlaw Movement", put together by a competent writer drawing on other articles and books, plus second hand accounts to produce one of his own. Read full review


Two Nashville Sounds
Four Nothing Left to Lose
Five With Purpose Down There
Seven Hillbilly Central
Nine Between Worlds
Eleven Third Coast
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Michael Streissguth is the author of eight books, including Johnny Cash: The Biography. A professor in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, he has written for Mojo, the Journal of Country Music, Bluegrass Unlimited, and many other publications. He has written and produced two documentary films, Record Paradise and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and family.

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