BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles Of An American Troubadour’ by Rickie Lee Jones

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, the host of the 80+ episodes of Book Stew, a 30-minute video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, featuring authors, playwrights, voice artists, and journalists.

‘Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles Of An American Troubadour’ by Rickie Lee Jones

The author, a unique voice in American music, transcends a rough childhood and a heroin habit, and writes a memoir as lyrical as her poetic songs of street life and its denizens.

She grows up amid fractured parents and siblings, and the turning point is when Rickie emancipates herself and takes to the road as a 14-year old run-away in a stolen car.

Time and time again, she is saved by sympathetic strangers, by a kind of policeman, by her mother, and by Tom Waits, Lowell George, and Dr. John, the unholy trio of her life.

Rickie’s dramatic and unlikely rise to sudden stardom does not destroy her, and the reader will be convinced of her heroism in surviving and coming out the other side with wisdom and grace. The book is filled with poignant photos and song lyrics.

Quotes: “There was only one chair left for women musicians at the big table, whereas the boys-only room had plenty of empty chairs.”

“I was aware before I even made a record of the danger of being used up too fast.”

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