Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski is a former senior editor for Texas Monthly and a one-time reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas mountains, the Texas coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press, in addition to writing Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy (Texas A&M Press) and Texas High School Football: More Than the Game (Texas Historical Commission). His 2008 book, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by the Friends of the TCU Library with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007/2008. His most recent book for Little, Brown is The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. Patoski’s byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, Garden & Gun, and No Despression magazine, for whom he is a contributing editor.

Stories

Dust Off Your Blue Suede Shoes

Then grab your platters and step into the golden era of rock ën’ roll.

Tune into the Eighties

New stars in sight are big and bright—deep in the heart of Texas.

Tune into the Eighties

New stars in sight are big and bright—deep in the heart of Texas.

Willie and the Power Boys

New records from Texas’ die-hard country, rock, and punk musicians.

Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Wizard of Oz

How Gordon McLendon stormed Texas with Top 40... da doo ron ron.

Let the Good Times Roll

Filmmaker Les Blank focuses on foot-tapping music, down-home cooking, and the vanishing art of having a good time.

Let the Good Times Roll

Filmmaker Les Blank focuses on foot-tapping music, down-home cooking, and the vanishing art of having a good time.

Wax Works

The beat goes on in Texas music - from Christopher Cross’s pop ‘n’ roll to the ever-rich rhythm and blues of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Wax Works

The beat goes on in Texas music - from Christopher Cross’s pop ‘n’ roll to the ever-rich rhythm and blues of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

The Ballad of Dan Del Santo

He came to Austin, Texas, with a guitar on his knee.

The Armadillo’s Last Waltz

The imminent demise of Austin’s famed music hall already has Texans singing the Armadillo homesick blues.

Last One In

When the summer heat starts to get to you, cool your heels by plunging into an icy green swimming hole.

The Wee World of Golf

Looking for a sport that offers plenty of cheap thrills and wacky challenges but requires no training, no equipment, and no big bucks? Try miniature golf.

Eat and Run

Graze on the street corners of Texas for fast, tasty, and inexpensive meals.

Texas Monthly Reporter

What evil lurks at the San Antonio Convention Center? How does a would-be Kenedy Ranch heir make a buck? Who helps keep the space shuttle aloft?

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