Believe it or not, Aggieland has witnessed a parade of musical icons over the years, each with an intriguing story attached. Picture a young Elvis Presley entertaining the Corps of Cadets at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Flash forward to the “Committee for Johnny Cash,” originated by students after the country singer’s post-Bonfire concert was canceled by the A&M administration amid controversy; despite official disapproval, the students brought him to perform off-campus.
Revisit the sunbaked Texas World Speedway in the summer of 1974 and Willie Nelson’s rowdy Fourth of July Picnic, complete with sex, drugs, and a grassfire that torched the car of a young Robert Earl Keen (who would later strike up a long-lasting friendship with fellow A&M student Lyle Lovett).
Rewind to Garth Brooks landing at A&M to end an enormous 1998 world tour with three sold-out shows in the newly completed Reed Arena. And many other musical legends have produced memorable moments in the area, including Nat King Cole, R.E.M., and the Ramones.
Live from Aggieland explores these stories, including photography and first-hand accounts of the shows and events. The book demonstrates how popular music has enhanced the cultural perspective of Bryan–College Station and has provided students, graduates, and residents with lasting musical memories.
ROB CLARK is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered music throughout his journalism career at The Bryan–College Station Eagle and The Dallas Morning News. He also led the writing and editing of The Eagle's Extraordinary: Texas A&M's Remarkable First Season in the SEC and The Power of 2: Johnny Manziel's Legendary Career at Texas A&M.
What Readers Are Saying:
“This is an intriguing journey about music giants as they made their mark in the hearts of music lovers throughout the Bryan – College Station area. It's a true testament with intense, pivotal moments and fond memories that make me proud to be a part of the music history in the Brazos Valley.”—Ruthie Foster
“The thing about College Station is that Aggies never forget where they came from. We play shows all over the country, and Aggies come out and support us because they saw us play when they were in college. Now they have a job in NYC or DC, maybe LA. Aggies have treated our band like we were one of their own for many years. Gig’ em.”—Randy Rogers
“This book is about the notable musical events that have happened in and around the A&M campus. Events that happened way before my time and long after I was gone. Rob Clark has chronicled an eye-opening and meticulously researched account surrounding the world of music in Aggieland.”—Robert Earl Keen, from the foreword