Coming in Fall 2016 from University of Texas Press

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Written by esteemed music journalist Lloyd Sachs, this first critical appreciation of T Bone Burnett reveals how the proponent of Americana music and producer of artists ranging from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to B. B. King and Elvis Costello has profoundly influenced American music and culture. Writes Sachs, “T Bone Burnett now carries such weight in the entertainment capitals of Hollywood and Nashville that the title ‘record producer’ can contain him no more than ‘film director’ could contain Orson Welles. His O Brother soundtrack altered the landscape of American music so markedly that it may well have affected our culture as significantly as Citizen Kane did.”

For more, and to pre-order, go here.

Join Lloyd Sachs at AmericanaFest in Nashville for the launch of T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit!  The author will read from the book, answer questions and be joined by Joe Henry and other musical guests. Mark it down: September 22 at 12:30 PM at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music! 

Early raves for T-Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit:

“Intriguing. Sachs ably captures the personalities and sometimes-contentious viewpoints of Burnett and his circle.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A record producer who’s had a hand in making some of the most timeless music of the last forty years, T Bone Burnett deftly renders singers, musicians, and songs into vital messengers of artistic truth. Lloyd Sachs’s easygoing prose frames a portrait of an enigmatic, enthusiastic, idealistic, and ultimately accessible musical raconteur/humanitarian who may very well be the most accomplished listener in modern times. In the bargain, we are reminded that Brother Burnett is himself a hell of a singer, songwriter, and musician.” —Rodney Crowell, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer and author of Chinaberry Sidewalks

“If one follows the trail of American roots music over the last three decades, the bread crumbs invariably lead to T Bone Burnett’s studio. Retracing this path in T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit, Lloyd Sachs unravels the tale of this great American artist in most compelling form.” —Don Was, Grammy-winning producer and President, Blue Note Records

“You will want a turntable and a stack of vinyl handy while reading Lloyd Sachs’s definitive music biography of the ‘King of Americana.’ This in-depth look at T Bone’s extensive body of work as a singer-songwriter, bandleader, sideman, producer, composer, and curator is a fine example of the kind of incisive music writing that helped fans originally discover ‘cult artists’ like Burnett.” —Holly George-Warren, author of A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man

“T Bone Burnett proves that a producer can make as much of an artistic impact as a performer. Enjoyable, sparkling prose.”
Geoffrey Himes, music writer for the Washington Post and former senior editor of No Depression and Paste

From T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit:

“T Bone is a deep soul with an artist’s mind. He has tremendous respect for musicians and never acts like he is the authority figure. He’s interested in the conversation, in the process. He’s very attuned to what is happening in the moment and is able to switch courses, make a left turn, find a completely new idea, and let go of the old without regret.”
– Rosanne Cash

“I observed in T Bone the idea that you’re engaging something that’s already in play and you’re trying to abide it, very much like jumping into the ocean, and learning sort of how to swim or, on a good day, surf on top of it, but you didn’t create that momentum and you’re not going to control it . . .You’re going to learn to be grateful within it, and when you get together with musicians in a room, there’s a notion that there’s all kinds of ways that a song might work. Our job is to find what it is and be fully committed to it, which liberates you from thinking, did I guess right? The question is have we authentically engaged something that’s alive?” – Joe Henry

“T Bone makes you feel like you don’t have time restraints even though you do. We talked in the way that Southerners talk, in stories – very casually and, you know, you say a thing without saying it.” – Cassandra Wilson

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