By Eddie Wilson,Jesse Sublett,Dave Marsh
“Eddie’s tale is by means of turns hilarious, informative, and the residing spirit of its age. . . . [He] piles the main not likely anecdotes on most sensible of each other, making a land of attraction and an order of chemically altered attention that rescues an period I’d idea now not a lot misplaced as forgotten. not just am I delighted I’ve learn this tale and want i used to be in it, I want I’d written it.”
—Dave Marsh, from the foreword
“The Armadillo international Headquarters . . . was once the most fascinating, and remained probably the most intriguing, locations within the usa for the years that it used to be in operation. I observed a bit of every thing on the Armadillo, and it was once one of many nice reports of my life.”
—Ann Richards, from the author’s preface
On August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doorways of Armadillo international Headquarters, and the reside tune capital of the realm was once born in Austin, Texas. Over its ten-year lifespan, the Armadillo hosted millions of high-profile musicians—Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, AC/DC, Charlie Daniels, the Ramones, Roy Buchanan, and Bette Midler, to call a random few. The Armadillo helped outline the Austin way of life, tradition, and identification, surroundings the degree for successors resembling the SXSW track pageant, PBS’s Austin urban Limits, and the ACL pageant, that have made Austin a global vacation spot for song fans.
In this rollicking memoir, Eddie Wilson tells the behind-the-scenes tale of the Armadillo from the instant he first peered right into a derelict nationwide defend armory development and knew that future had came upon him. He vividly describes how formerly clashing groups—rednecks and hippies—came jointly on the Armadillo, having fun with a brand new combination of kingdom track and rock that spawned a many-named circulate: cosmic cowboy, revolutionary state, and redneck rock, between others. Wilson additionally unearths the struggles and artistic recommendations that stored the doorways open, the angels who supplied well timed infusions of money, the janitors and carpenters who maintained the Dillo, and the artists who created iconic poster artwork. largely illustrated with candid images and song posters, Armadillo international Headquarters recounts the tale of this mythical venue as no different ebook can.
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