Description : The groundbreaking biography, available for the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth in July 2012. A patriot and a political radical, Woody Guthrie captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs. Ed Cray, the first biographer to be granted access to the Woody Guthrie Archive, has created a haunting portrait.
Description : Usually when a writer puts together a compendium of all his writings he does this for his ego, to show what a tremendous impact he had on the world's consciousness. Of the doctor just told you, you only have 3 months to live. However in my case my beautiful, elegant, and neatnik wife Linda said I can only have one file cabinet in my office. So I emptied all the others and they provide the contents for this book
Description : I STARTED OUT WITH NOTHIN', AND I’VE STILL GOT MOST OF IT LEFT'. It remains one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in music history. Until New Year's Eve, 2006, former hobo Steven Gene Wold, a 65 year-old blues musician, playing a beat-up, three-string guitar (aka The Three-String Trance Wonder, or 'the biggest piece of shit in the world') and stomping on a wooden box with a Mississippi motorcycle plate stuck on (aka The Mississippi Drum Machine), was hardly known outside his tiny community of fans. That performance of 'Dog House Boogie' before Jools Holland and his dumbstruck Hootenanny audience projected Seasick Steve into the big league. Dog House Music sold out overnight. 2007 brought a MOJO, Reading and Glastonbury, and 2008 worldwide success and his major label debut. The rest, as they say, is history. Behind this unique and authentic performer's rise is sixty-five years of fascinating life story: he left home at thirteen to escape his stepfather's beatings, and his professional career only began after decades on the road. But blues guitar was in his blood: he learned from blues legend KC Douglas in his grandfather's garage. Part of Steve, the hollerin', stompin' blues, and the gorgeous homemade guitars (Jeremy Clarkson described Steve's Morris Minor hubcap instrument as the best use of a Morris Minor ever) is magical musical history. But he's also a modern, versatile musician, who can rock as hard as Dave Grohl, and who's rubbed shoulders with the likes of Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Kurt Cobain. Larger than life, and a legend in his own lifetime – an incredible true story, told in this, the first full biography of Seasick Steve.
Description : A Ramblin' Man describes the life of one man growing up in the depression years in West Texas. The experiences of school in one building and even a one room school house are indicative of that time. The need to work as a very young boy to aid in supporting the family leaves a mark on a man. The importance of football to West Texas people is something special and the author played on an exceptional team. The author was fortunate in meeting the love of his life while in high school during their senior years. In 1942 he was a senior at Rochester High and five miles down the road, Velma Grace Cornett was a senior at O'Brien high school. They married in O'Brien, Texas after the war in 1946. Horses became an important part of his life and he learned to ride and work with cattle at the early age of ten years. His first ranch job away from home was at the age of fourteen. The cowboy life was always a dream and later he realized that dream when working on the vast ranges of New Mexico with a chuckwagon. Sleeping in a bedroll on the ground, roping horses from a rope corral and working cattle on the open range builds character. The urge to rope something culminated in the roping of a ten point buck deer. The story is true. The author overcome several adversities that could have ended his life. There were shells flying around him in several actions in the South Pacific during his Navy days, but he was not hit. He was badly burned in a gasoline explosion, but lived an active life afterward. A car fell upon him, and almost snuffed out his life, but he survived, even without a doctor. The author believes that God had saved him for greater things. Maybe writing this book is one of them. After the cowboy days of his younger life, the author furthered his education and began working for the United States Air Force engineering department. His job became important enough to require frequent trips to headquarters and other bases, give him and his partner, Snooks, the opportunity to travel through out the United States. She accompanied him often. Employment with the Department of Defense opened an opportunity to move to Alaska and continue the same work. The building and maintenance of facilities to support the various armed forces was a satisfying job. His interest in square dancing and talent as a caller opened the door to many new friends for him and his partner as they went from place to place. The largest group he called for was at the national square dance convention in Oklahoma City in 1978. Their interest in square dancing allowed them to satisfy the rambling urge as they travel to different caller's meetings through out the United States. The government position and the square dancing activity allowed the author and his partner to explore the early seat of the United States in old Williamsburg, Virginia, Washington D. C., and other historic places. The opportunity came to take a position with the United States Coast Guard and live on Kodiak, Island in the gulf of Alaska. The fishing and island living was an unforgettable experience and he tells it. The author learned to fly and they traveled in a light Cessna airplane to the Alaskan bush country on fishing trips. They flew across the ocean from Kodiak to the mainland several times. They have seen whales, walrus and other sea creatures up close in their native habitat. The author, with his wife and copilot, has traveled the long road called the Alcan Highway from the United States, through Canada, to Alaska more than twenty times. From the first trip when it was mostly crooked, muddy, unpaved and mountainous, to the modern highway it is today; they have seen the highway improved, and the many towns along the way become familiar large cities. They bought an airplane in New Mexico and flew it back to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1976. Flying across the vast land of western United States and Canada in a small airplane is a fantastic experience, but routine for a coup
Description : Steve Dustcircle on politics, religion, health, finance, lifestyle, relationships and more. Steve has been involved with human rights, secular politics, civil freedoms, and religious lines since leaving Christianity. Out of this, came most of these essays and commentary. After releasing a collection of poetry and short stories entitled "NAPKINS," Steve feels that another collection of writings is due: a decade of commentary (2006-2015) Some of the articles are encouraging; some are enraging. Some are engaging; and some are previously unreleased. CONTENTS Abandoning the Tough Guy I Could Have Been an Active Shooter A Mama's Boy without a Mama My Father is Alive, But is Dead to Me School Violins Wanting Them All Marital Financial Bliss Not Getting Shot for a Pizza Not the Bread-Winner Always on the Edge of My Seat Popping Pills and Other Normalities They Don't Have to Be Your Out-Laws Too Grown for Santa or Other X-Mas Characters X Out of Christmas Autumn Leaves Aren't Blue Gender Wars: Truce from the Male Leaving Sportsball Viral Etiquette Before Your First Gig Against Theocracy Death to Peace-Keepers Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Our Supposed Democracy The Daughter You Didn't Know I Had Lying, Cheating, Two-Timing... Two Wrongs Made a Right Turn 777 is Not the Opposite of 666 As a Religionist: You versus the World Breaking Up with Jesus Knowing Everything is Knowing Nothing Prayer Changes Nothing The Ten Legalistic Suggestions
Description : TD is an artist and former football player who has a sore ass from long-haul trucking. He's thinking about taking a year off just to paint and hang out with his girlfriend, Linda Sue, when his trucker friend Flynn proposes an armored car heist. TD-short for Tommy Dennison and Trucker Dude-agrees to go along with the elaborate plan, despite serious misgivings. He quits his trucking job, but not before a final run from Seattle to Miami. On the road he meets Jason, a hitchhiking singer-songwriter with hippie and religious tendencies. Jason was studying for the priesthood, but his sideline as a chick magnet derailed that career course. As they gradually become friends, TD confides his qualms about the heist. He also has qualms about marriage, but Linda Sue is getting tired of her girlfriend status, giving TD a lot to think about out there on the highway of life. John Foley is a writer, teacher and artist living in Prescott Valley, Arizona. John has written several YA novels, including "Hoops of Steel," which was named a Book for the Teen-Age in 2008. In addition, he has been Artist-in-Residence at several national parks, and his paintings have been juried into many shows. Currently John works as a high school English teacher. He is a former newspaper reporter, and his freelance work has appeared in "Sail Magazine, Alaska Magazine, Heinemann Books for Young Readers" and many other publications.