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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having recorded over 250 albums, George Jones is considered by many critics to be the greatest country music singer of all time. He is also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, having miraculously survived such a massive chemical ingestion that it makes many rockers-of-repute look like mere amateurs. This book effectively combines all three tales: Jones's rise into and maintenance of country stardom, his collapse into addiction, and his painful crawl out of its pit. Jones's writing, colloquial but not corny, captures and holds the reader easily. While the primary focus is on Jones's career and conflicts, we also see much of both the country music world as a whole and many of its most prominent individual figures. This is a truly remarkable story of an individual's battle with and triumph over chemical addiction?musician or not. As such, it is strongly recommended for any collection in this area as well as for popular music collections. Don't miss this book.?Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (June 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223733
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a very good look into his life story.
Carol
You finish this book saying, After all is said and done, he seems like a simple, decent, nice guy who just wants to sing and who wants people to like him.
George Haber
A truly great book, that every country music fan will enjoy.
Goose

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on January 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
the book every George Jones fan has been waiting for finally arrived in 1996. I Lived To Tell It All was a best-seller, hitting the Top-20 and Top-10 on many book charts both local and national. The book was designed to be a classic simply because the subject matter, George, was so reluctant to talk about his life in any serious, detailed conversations probably feeling that his life story wasn't interesting. anytime the topic came up, George would characteristically brush off the topic with phrases like "people don't want to hear about my life!" or "i don't want to bore the fans with my life-story". All his fans had were piles of negative news articles and rumors from other books and articles, nothing legitimate until this book! MCA also released a major hit album of the same name in 1996 to help promote awareness of the book. The CD was a #26 smash. In reality, the book helped promote the CD...but that's another story. This book was technically "written" by Tom Carter based and built on stories and opinions from George himself. A lot of people were interviewed for material and true stories about George. These book "sessions" as i call them came along in 1995 amidst George's reunion tour with Tammy. A lot of George's opinions on country music post 1990 is dealt with in the later chapters since each chapter deals with George's career chronologically: The beginnings are in the early chapters, the middle years are in the middle chapters, and the recent goings on are in the last chapters. His complaint is that country radio, in the wake of Garth Brooks having huge success on the Pop Album chart, decided that anyone who couldn't put up huge numbers weren't going to get airplay.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
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This book is the king of all autobiographies. George Jones, the greatest country singer of all time, HAS lived to tell it, but it's hard to believe. From stories about growing up in Texas with a drunk father, a religious mother, and more than a few close siblings, to tales of corrupt policemen and drug dealers holding him down and shoving cocaine up his nose, to the story of the woman who saved him and herself, this book "tells it all." In the book, George talks about cutting his first record, but only to be told by a local DJ that it's not very good. You will read about the fun times, the bad times, the drunk times, and the near fatal incidents on the road with other stars such as Johnny Cash, Faron Young, and Buck Owens. Jones writes about getting his first number one, his bouts with booze, his marriage to Tammy Wynnette, his cocaine addiction, and finally, his current wife Nancy. If you think you know George Jones, think again. This book grabs hold of you and doesn't let go as Jones, along with Tom Carter and the help of past friends and acquaintances, tells the real story behind all the news articles and rumors that you've probably heard in past years. Along with all the self exsposing stories, Jones adds his own insights, comments, and opinions about life, today's music industry, drugs and alcohol, love, and finally, self-peace. This book is a great read that will either insprire you to or totally discourage you from becoming a country singer. I strongly recommend you read this book. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You will..."live to read it all"...and you'll be glad you did!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brooks on March 26, 2006
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I watched 'Walk the Line' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and Elvis Presly specials. I've read biographies of Hendrix, Duane Allman, and Janis Joplin. None of their lives hold a candle to ol' George Jones. His career rode the top of the charts as good as any country legend. He ruined his life at least as incredibly as any rock star. And amazingly, he lived through it all and still plays shows for his fans. Lastly, his life has a happy ending (thus far).

No one's story parallels George. Read this book for yourself to see.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
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Obviously, God has His hand on George Jones. Maybe George should've waited a few more years to write this book so that he could've included yet another astonishing chapter--his survival of the horrendous car accident he was in, in March of '99. This man is truly blessed with a magnificent voice and many second chances. I thank God that He has allowed George to remain with us these many years and bring us so much happiness. When you read this book, you'll know exactly what I mean when you see what all George has been through in his 68 years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marie4211 on October 26, 2005
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I highly recommend this book to anyone. Its so well written and my god it is hilarious. I laughed so hard thru it because I could imagine these things happening. I love the way George talks and the book is written the way he talks which is very funny and clever. I wasn't able to put it down. It is now one of my all time favorite books and I would recommend it anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Goose on September 21, 2005
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Great and very informative. The "Possom", tells it all and holds nothing back. He tells of his failed marriages and his problem with drugs and alcohol. The stories of his "no show days" was both funny and sad, and he is not proud of that time in his life. He owes everything now to his present wife. A truly great book, that every country music fan will enjoy.
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