Joe Nick Patoski

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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 (TexasA&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.

Reporter |
January 1, 1992

In Tune

Houston’s Young Turk music producers have cut a new groove in the record industry.

Reporter |
November 1, 1991

Bummin’ Around

The most satisfying part of being a Houston Oilers fan isn’t their record this season or quarterback Warren Moon’s command of the run-and-shoot offense or the way the home crowds get so worked up that they threaten to blow the roof off the Astrodome. No, it’s that distinctive drawl on

Reporter |
November 1, 1991

Water Rites

Trans-Pecos ranchers grapple with El Paso over the West’s most valuable resource.

Reporter |
September 30, 1991

Class Speaker

Jim Wright is passing out copies of his book again-and this time it’s required reading.

Reporter |
September 30, 1991

S.A. Print Wars Revisited

It seems like only yesterday that media czar and San Antonio Express-News owner Rupert Murdoch rallied his troops in Texas’ most heated daily newspaper war with the battle cry “Bury the bastards.”

Reporter |
August 31, 1991

Jail for Sale

Own a piece of history and get in on the ground floor of the booming penal-corrections-facilities industry.

Reporter |
April 30, 1991

Art Guile

“We’re feeding off the public,” brag the shameless, self-promoting Art Guys.

Reporter |
April 1, 1991

Jazz It Up

A jazz-and –blues guide spotlights the Texas venues that have withstood the test of time.

Reporter |
February 1, 1991

Magnet Musicians

Singers Edie Brickell and Sara Hickman share a formula for success attend the right school and take up art.

Reporter |
January 1, 1991

The Grim Recorders

Gas prices, weather, and day of the week all count in the dismal task of predicting holiday highway death tolls.

Reporter |
December 1, 1990

Killer Buzz

The Africanized bees have arrived, and Anita Collins can’t wait to take them on.

Feature |
September 30, 1990

Go Fish

See the Gulf Coast from the bottom up at Corpus Christi’s new underwater show.