Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle (Paperback)

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If Steve Earle weren't a living, breathing person, he'd be a character in a blues song -- a raucous ballad about a gifted rebel who drank too much, lost most of his women in a blizzard of crack and cocaine addiction, and always came out on the wrong side of the law. Somewhere in the midst of all this, he also managed to weld rock to country, the Beatles to Springsteen, and bluegrass to punk, establishing himself among the most thoroughly original and politically astute musicians of his generation. Granted unrestricted access to Steve and his family and friends, Lauren St John has given us a sometimes shocking, often moving, and completely unvarnished biography of one of America's most talismanic sons.

About the Author

Lauren St. John is the author of Walkin’ After Midnight: A Journey To The Heart Of Nashville,a biography about Steve Earle, and four other biographies. She writes regularly for The Sunday Times and The Independent. She lives in London, England.

Praise For…

“St. John does a fantastic job...Earle’s story is a reminder that not all addict musicians burn out and die.”
— Charlotte Observer

“A sympathetic look at Earle..that doesn’t cover up any blemishes...an on-the-mark biography.”
— San Antonio Express-News

“A no-holds barred portrait of a controversial artist who came back from the brink.”
Entertainment Weekly

“A dark and compelling tale.”
Chicago Tribune

“Steve Earle deserves any attention he gets.”
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Harrowing and inspirational.”
— Maxim

“Hardcore Troubadour offers intimate and accurate behind-the-scenes of the songwriter’s trials and tribulations....a fascinating new biography.”
— Toronto Star

“Brilliant...St. John manages to demythologize a man whose life often threatens to overshadow his music.”
Publishers Weekly

“St John tells Earle’s story in grisly detail, thereby baring “the stuff that legends are made of.”

“A wonderfully spirited and sympathetic new biography...Earle is a worthy successor to the all–time greats of American music.”
— Howard Frank Mosher

“An intimate and intelligent biography of an artist who—like all the greats—ain’t ever satisfied.”
— Eric Alterman

“Meticulously researched and well–written...captures the heart and soul of one of America’s most talented, troubled, and controversial songwriters.”
— Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier tha Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

“If you love Steve Earle, you’ll buy this book. If not, get it anyway. It’s one helluva story.”
— Uncut (UK)

“Shockingly honest.”
— Q Magazine

“A fascinating book…utterly compelling…heartfelt…insightful…and much recommended.”
— Time Out London

“A sensitive and amusing book…the Earle material is particularly entertaining, confessional and full of wicked one-liners.”
— Sydney Morning Herald

“Fascinating reading...a riveting portrait.”
— St Louis Playback

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007161256
ISBN-10: 0007161255
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 20th, 2004
Pages: 416
Language: English