Rednecks, Armadillos, And Me

Thirty years ago my book told the inside story of the Austin music scene— and received what you might call mixed reviews from some of its subjects. It's time to revisit those freewheeling years.

I WAS 29 WHEN THE IMPROBABLE RISE OF REDNECK ROCK was published. I had been anxious to write a book but had little idea of how to go about it. Apart from a few months of toil at small-town newspapers, my published output amounted to an eight-line poem in the Texas Observer and four articles in the newborn Texas Monthly; on three of those

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