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. For more, and to pre-order, go here.
Join Lloyd Sachs at AmericanaFest 2016 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 the great Joe Henry and other musical guests. Mark it down: September 22 at 12:30 PM at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music.
“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 winner and author of Chinaberry Sidewalks
“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
“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
“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