I Lived to Tell It All

Tom Carter, With, George Jones, Author
Tom Carter, With, George Jones, Author Villard Books $23 (32p) ISBN 978-0-679-43869-4
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-440-22373-3
Hardcover - 978-0-517-32631-2
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Country music star Jones started performing in rural Texas bars when he was 14 and rose to fame in spite of heavy drinking, drugging, brawling and a penchant for not showing up at his concerts. Writing with Carter, coauthor of books with Ralph Emery, Reba McEntire and others, he lays bare his troubled past, including an account of his disastrous marriage to country singer Tammy Wynette. It's not a pleasant story, and Jones himself is amazed that his career has prospered in spite of everything he has done to destroy it. Now 65 and recovered from a triple bypass operation, he claims he has conquered his addictions and settled into a happy marriage. There are no insights here about his musical abilities or the reasons for his success, but Jones makes sobering comments on the state of country music today, which he observes is mass-marketed and mass-produced for the young with total disregard for the older performers like himself who started it all. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
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