“Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark”

SKF NOTE: “Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark” by Tamara Saviano.

John Lee was a New Jersey photographer well established with country music performers. John later moved to Nashville. In 1980 or 1981, John first played me “Old No.1.”

That was my first time hearing Guy Clark and I was an instant fan. This bio gave me more insight into Guy Clark the man and musician. There’s always a chance a bio or autobio will disappoint, will knock the book subject down a peg or two — in the reader’s estimation.

That didn’t happen. Understanding more of what motivated Clark’s songwriting, how he wrote songs — fascinating.

Put it this way, after reading Tamara Saviano’s book I wanted to listen to more, not less, of Guy Clark’s songs.

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