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Waylon Jennings gave up his spot on a flight that changed music history. His mentor, Buddy Holly, took that seat and was killed when the plane crashed.

Born dirt poor, Jennings went from country disc jockey to country superstar, leading the revolution in country music with his platinum album The Outlaws. Through his eyes we see the Nashville scene in the early days, and through his honest, no-holds-barred storytelling, we follow his struggle to overcome drugs and impending bankruptcy to establish himself as one of the living legends of country music.

©1996 Waylon Jennings, all rights reserved, abridgment approved by the author. (P)1996 Time Warner AudioBooks, copyright 1996 Time Warner AudioBooks (packaging rights only), a division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1996, Best of the Best.
"I love this book. Vast, comprehensive, revealing, exciting, and entertaining, it's an original in a roomful of carbon copies." (Johnny Cash)

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Great memories!

As young newlyweds we used to go to JD's and listen to the music of Waylon and the Waylors. This thoughtful autobiography read by old Waylon himself is enjoyable and entertaining.

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The Outlaw Tells His Own Story

On the plus side, and it is a huge plus, this is Waylon narrating his own book. From his childhood in West Texas to a career as one of the greatest musical artists of his generation, Waylon weaves a magical narrative. Waylon was most influenced by the legendary Buddy Holly (Waylon gave up his seat on the ill-fated plane to the Big Bopper) and staying true to what Buddy inculcated in him was a big part of the impetus behind his resistance to Nashville's conformist mindset. It's all here--the music (book starts with Waylon singing his hit song "I've Always Been Crazy"), the marriages, tragedies, triumphs. Waylon is brutally honest about the negative impact that the years of amphetamine and cocaine abuse did to his health, relationships, and finances, but he is refreshingly aware enough to take responsibility for it. The only downside of the book is that it is an abridged version of the book but it is good nonetheless. That is the only reason I didn't give this book five stars straight across!

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A magical listening experience for a Waylon fan!

As a Waylon fan I can't think of a better way to experience his story than through his own voice. It was magical!

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amazing story. took me off guard

I learned things I never knew about Waylon. forever changed the way I listen to Waylon's music!

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great listen

always loved to hear Waylon and now listening to his book read by him was even better

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a big part of music history

fantastic behind-the-scenes stories of life with Waylon
he did it his way
and then came Jessie an Angel Flying Too Close to the ground

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love me some waylon.

I love that waylon is narrating his own story😍 it takes you to the place and time

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  • Mr. Stephen Lloyd
  • 08-17-17

a welcome surprise

I have read the paper version and this was a welcome surprise as waylon Jennings is reading it to you I love this guy his music his last wife and his last son shooter but you get to hear about his other kids and wife's and every one in between