Without Getting Killed or Caught

The Life and Music of Guy Clark

978-1-64843-090-9 Paperback
6 x 9.25 x 0 in
416 pp. 10 color, 103 b&w photos. Index.
Pub Date: 07/05/2022


  • Paperback $28.95
Winner, 2016 the Belmont Book Award, Sponsored by the International Country Music Conference

For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model, mentor, supporter, and friend to at least two generations of the world’s most talented and influential singer-songwriters. In Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, writer, producer, and music industry insider Tamara Saviano chronicles the story of this legendary artist from her unique vantage point as his former publicist and producer of the Grammy-nominated album This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Part memoir, part biography, Saviano’s skillfully constructed narrative weaves together the extraordinary songs, larger-than-life characters, previously untold stories, and riveting  emotions that make up the life of this modern-day poet and troubadour.

“Detailed, enlightening account. She maneuvers the story elegantly from biography to memoir.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Any well-written biography will lay out accomplishments and milestones accurately, but only the exceptional ones transport you deep inside their subject's world, so that when you put the book down it takes you a minute to re-adjust.”—Mojo

Texas Music Series, Sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University

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