Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir

Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir Author Eddie Wilson
ISBN-10 1477313826
ISBN-13 9781477313824
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 520
Language English
Publisher TSSI Publishing
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Eddies story is by turns hilarious informative and the living spirit of its age He piles the most unlikely anecdotes on top of one another creating a land of enchantment and an order of chemically altered consciousness that rescues an era Id thought not so much lost as forgotten Not only am I thrilled Ive read this story and wish I was in it I wish Id written it Dave Marsh from the forewordThe Armadillo World Headquarters was one of the most exciting and remained one of the most exciting places in the United States for the years that it was in operation I saw a little of everything at the Armadillo and it was one of the great experiences of my life Ann Richards from the authors prefaceOn August 7 1970 Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doors of Armadillo World Headquarters and the live music capital of the world was born in Austin Texas Over its ten year lifespan the Armadillo hosted thousands of high profile musiciansWillie Nelson Frank Zappa Bruce Springsteen Taj Mahal AC DC Charlie Daniels the Ramones Roy Buchanan and Bette Midler to name a random few The Armadillo helped define the Austin lifestyle culture and identity setting the stage for successors such as the SXSW music festival PBSs Austin City Limits and the ACL festival which have made Austin an international destination for music fans In this rollicking memoir Eddie Wilson tells the behind the scenes story of the Armadillo from the moment he first peered into a derelict National Guard armory building and knew that destiny had found him He vividly describes how two previously clashing groupsrednecks and hippiescame together at the Armadillo enjoying a new blend of country music and rock that spawned a many named movement cosmic cowboy progressive country and redneck rock among others Wilson also reveals the struggles and creative solutions that kept the doors open the angels who provided timely infusions of cash the janitors and carpenters who maintained the Dillo and the artists who created iconic poster art Extensively illustrated with candid photographs and music posters Armadillo World Headquarters recounts the story of this legendary venue as no other book can

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