[]
[]

Chinaberry Sidewalks

A Memoir
Crowell, Rodney (Paperback - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Chinaberry Sidewalks
Print

Item Details

Random House, Inc.

In a tender and uproarious memoir, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of a dirt-poor southeast Texas boyhood.

The only child of a hard-drinking father and a holy-roller mother, acclaimed musician Rodney Crowell was no stranger to bombast. But despite a home life always threatening to burst into violence, Rodney fiercely loved his mother and idolized his blustering father, a frustrated musician who took him to see Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash perform. Set in 1950s Houston, a frontier-rough town with icehouses selling beer by the gallon on payday, pest infestations right out of a horror film, and the kind of freedom mischievous kids dream of, Chinaberry Sidewalks is Rodney's tribute to his parents and his remarkable youth. Full of the most satisfying kind of nostalgia, it is hardly recognizable as a celebrity memoir. Rather, it's a story of coming-of-age at a particular time, place, and station, crafted as well as the perfect song.



Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's experiences growing up in Houston in the 1950s as the only child of an alcoholic father and epileptic mother, describing a childhood marked by barroom brawls, apocalyptic hurricanes, and improvisations to pay bills.

Authors: Crowell, Rodney
Statement of Responsibility: Rodney Crowell
Title: Chinaberry sidewalks
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: viii, 259 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published in hardcover: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Subject Headings: Crowell, Rodney Country musicians United States Biography Country music Country rock music
Topical Term: Country musicians
Country music
Country rock music
ISBN: 9780307740977
0307740978
Branch Call Number: B Crowell C
MARC Display»

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Aug 25, 2011
  • okbookgirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Crowell evokes his hardscrabble Texas childhood with humour and surprisingly warm remembrances of his parents. It was not a "Father Knows Best" kind of family, and many other people raised there would be bitter and sitting in psychologists' offices forever. But Crowell is generous, kind and forgiving. I have never heard a Crowell song, but if his songwriting is half as good as this memoir - I've been missing out.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL

  Loading...

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

Chinaberry Sidewalks
Crowell, Rodney
Chinaberry Sidewalks

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app03 Version Arkelstorp Last updated 2014/10/23 09:41