Waylon: An Autobiography

Waylon: An Autobiography

by Waylon Jennings, Lenny Kaye

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Waylon Jennings relates the story of his life as a country music star. His beginnings were poor but he became Buddy Holly's protege before sinking into drug abuse and 3 failed marriages. His success came when he met his present wife, Jessi Colter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446562379
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 107,310
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Waylon Jennings was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Lenny Kaye is an acclaimed music writer whose work has appeared in Crawdaddy, Creem, Hit Parader, Rolling Stone, and Village Voice. He is the author of You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon and has been playing guitar for Patti Smith since 1971. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 West Texas Rain 3

2 Buddys 43

3 Phoenix, Arize 74

4 From Nashville Bum ... 102

5 ... To Nashville Rebel 138

6 "There's Another Way of doing things and that is Rock 'N' Roll" 168

7 Country Modern 192

8 This outlaw shit 220

9 Busted 238

10 I'm about to sing in my pants; i've been dry-humming all day and i'm gonna get the tune-aches 271

11 Will the Wolf Survive? 292

12 The Trojan Hoss 320

13 The Four Horsemen 341

14 I do believe 363

Epilogue 379

Selected Discography 383

Acknowledgments 401

Permissions 404

Index 407

What People are Saying About This

Chet Atkins

What a life! And what a wonderful story....A "must read" for everyone.

Johnny Cash

Vast, revealing, exciting, and entertaining....You'll love it.

From the Publisher

"As good a book about American popular music as one is likely to find."  —Washington Post


"Folksy, funny, spirited. . . . There are plenty of Waylon moments to be enjoyed . . . loving, insightful . . . filled with backcountry humor. . . . Unflinchingly, the book reads true to the man: if you like Waylon, you'll love Waylon."  —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Well-turned, sometimes salty . . . refreshing . . . candid . . . poignant . . . An honest spotlight on a passel of colorful characters . . . . One of the best of country's tell-alls, as warm, peculiar, and individualistic as Jennings's music itself."  —Entertainment Weekly

“What a life! And what a wonderful story of a country boy who despite hardships unimaginable attained success and stardom. A 'must read' for not anyone, but everyone."  —Chet Atkins


"Finally, here is the autobiography we've all been waiting for!"  —Willie Nelson


"Read Waylon if you love country music. And read it if you admire renegades who throw away the formula and play it the way they hear it in their heads . . . . Eminently readable . . . . Mr. Jennings tells his tales with humor and detail."  —Dallas Morning News


"A no-holds-barred, tell-it-all story, overflowing with the honesty, true humor, and down-home charisma of an authentic honky-tonk hero down to the very last page."  —Music City News


"Essential reading for country fans."  —Publishers Weekly


Kris Kristofferson

Truly inspiring...a beautiful story.

Willie Nelson

Finally, the autobiography we've all been waiting for!

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Waylon 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ive ever read. Waylon Jennings was an amazing man who lived an amazing life. It sure tells his story well. He is one of my true inspriations that when times are tough to never give up. Anyone who is a huge fan of Waylon's should give this book a read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
waylon was a great singer but after reading this book i think he's even a greater man...you just can't put the booko down...its that good
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not many books that I can read from beginning to end and then pick up again a month later and reread it again. This is one of them. It is inspiring, tragic, funny and emotional. A definite read for all fans of Waylon, fans of country music and fans of autobiographies in general. Given five stars only because there is six star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to put down. You feel like Waylon is in your living room sharing with you the story of his life.
nobodyyouknow More than 1 year ago
Superb read! What an awesome man Waylon was. My respect level for him  went through after reading this! Refreshingly honest, insightful just all around fabulous read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I had read it several years ago and this time purchased it as a NOOK book. Very well written and honest telling.
cahallmxj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good account written by the man himself. It covers Waylons days on the farm growing up, his short time with Buddy Holly, his career long battle with pills/drugs on the way to becoming a country legend, and his life after he kicked the habit by staying out in the desert for a month. This book is written by Waylon so the way he talks/writes is a reflection of the way that he actually talked and rembered things so the account can get a little confusing when the down home country accent bleeds through, also somtimes the narrative can jump decades and back in the same paragraph. That was my only complaint with this book. It does give good insight on how Waylon and the rest of the outlaws changed how country music sounded and how Waylon had to fight to get a fair contract that he could live with. If your interested in his music or how that era helped shape today's country music give it a read.m.a.c
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waylon Jennings fan will love this book I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Great Book LOVED IT ;) :)
UO More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It was very entertaining from the first page to the last.Great writers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend the book on tape if you can get it since it's read by Waylon himself, but the book in either format is very good.
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