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 best of each other, making a land of attraction and an order of chemically altered recognition that rescues an period I’d inspiration now not loads misplaced as forgotten. not just am I extremely joyful 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 . . . used to be some of the most interesting, and remained essentially the most interesting, areas within the usa for the years that it was once in operation. I observed a bit of every little thing on the Armadillo, and it used to be 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 global Headquarters, and the dwell song 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 id, environment the level for successors corresponding to the SXSW tune competition, PBS’s Austin urban Limits, and the ACL competition, that have made Austin a world 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 across 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 song and rock that spawned a many-named flow: cosmic cowboy, revolutionary kingdom, and redneck rock, between others. Wilson additionally unearths the struggles and inventive strategies 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 paintings. largely illustrated with candid images and song posters, Armadillo international Headquarters recounts the tale of this mythical venue as no different e-book can.
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