Author: Bruce Springsteen, Frank Caruso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Outlaw Pete is a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written. When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce’s Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he’s learned as a man and a rock ’n’ roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It’s one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written—rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It’s an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack. Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen’s blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they’re also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central. Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared. But I’m not trying to start anything, so buy it, don’t steal it, OK? —Dave Marsh
Author: Bruce Springsteen, Frank Caruso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Outlaw Pete, a criminal since he was in diapers, tries to settle down and raise a family after his youth full of misdeeds, until his past sins catch up with him.
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The first ever book by Bruce Springsteen, one of the biggest artists of this generation - published as a picture book for adults. When Bruce was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill,about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce's Western loves, which now range from John Ford films to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he learned as a man and a rock 'n' roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in nappies and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It is one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has ever written - rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. The book is beautifully illustrated by Frank Caruso. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen's blend of absurdity and meditation. Reading and listening have rarely so superbly complemented each other. The result becomes the most intense kind of artistic collaboration, a vision shared.
The Last Chicago Boss
Author: Kerrie Droban, Peter 'Big Pete' James
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
A legend in the biker community, Peter “Big Pete” James was the most revered gangster in the Outlaw Nation. He first perfected his skills with the Hells Angels, the Outlaws’ chief rival, before persuading thousands of disgruntled members from splintered Outlaws chapters to unite. Together, they formed a powerful criminal syndicate involved in extortion, contract murders, drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering and assassinations. Then a shocking medical diagnosis knocked James sideways, forcing him to face a new life on the outside of the organization he built, dodging snitches, federal law enforcement, and contract hits. In The Last Chicago Boss, James provides a startling and unprecedented expose into the inner workings of the Outlaw Nation from the unique perspective of its renowned leader, all brought to life through never-before-revealed interviews, police files, wiretaps, recordings, and trial transcripts.
Author: Paul Green
Reviews of the first edition: "explores his life and death, and does it exceedingly well...a must"--Western Clippings "It is not the usual superficial adoring screen bio. I am impressed with the depth of the portrait. There is a serious psychological study in the narrative of his life."--Frank Price (former President of Universal TV). Most widely known for his starring role as outlaw Hannibal Heyes in television's Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973), actor Pete Duel (originally Peter Deuel) led an unpredictable and often tumultuous life, cut short by his highly publicized suicide on New Year's Eve 1971, at the height of his celebrity. In the expanded second edition, this biography of Duel reveals more personal aspects of his career and death, including his formative years in New York City and Hollywood. The author draws on extensive interviews with Duel's closest family and friends, including sister Pamela Deuel, former girlfriends Jill Andre, Beth Griswold, Kim Darby and Dianne Ray, as well actors, producers, directors and writers who worked with Duel.
Kinnie Wagner Story
Author: Pete Dykes
On a beautiful spring afternoon of April 13, 1925, 5 officers converged on the Holston River bank in Kingsport, Tennessee, guns drawn and ready for action. They were there to arrest a youthful fugutive named Kinnie Wagner, a native of nearby Scott County Virginia, now wanted by the law in Mississippi for allegedly shooting and killing a deputy sheriff. Thus began what may be one of the most well known stories of a southern gunman, his trial, escapes from jail and prison, and his eventual surrender in another state to a woman sheriff. This story, told in the vernacular of an old time Kingsport resident named Pug Potter, contains all the facts and reports of the shootings, the trial, escape, and later career. No southern library is complete without it! Paper back.
Author: Frank Caruso, Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Edizioni Mondadori
Da bambino, Bruce Springsteen ascoltava dalla voce della madre Brave Cowboy Bill, la storia di un piccolo cowboy puro di cuore. Era il suo primo contatto con il mondo del West, una passione che oggi lo porta ad amare i film di John Ford, la musica messicana e l'arte degli Indiani d'America. Da ciascuna di queste fonti, così come dalla vita e dal rock, che gli hanno insegnato a fondere fantasia e saggezza, nasce Outlaw Pete, leggenda moderna di un criminale che inizia a rapinare banche con il pannolino per poi conoscere tutte le asperità dell'età adulta. È una delle storie più ambiziose e originali mai scritte da Springsteen: in otto minuti, una meditazione sul destino epica e dura, piena di paradossi eppure mai farsesca. È un dramma musicale articolato, un arazzo in cui si intrecciano svariati stili rock e un'orchestrazione memore delle colonne sonore di Morricone. Outlaw Pete è un libro per adulti realizzato con la collaborazione di Frank Caruso, che ne ha illustrato e dipinto le pagine. Ma Caruso non si limita a tradurre la canzone in immagini: impeccabilmente dettagliato, semplice dove è necessario, il suo stile asseconda il connubio springsteeniano di paradosso e riflessione. Gli interrogativi sul nostro destino rimangono senza risposta, come è giusto che sia, ma allo stesso tempo vengono presentati da un'angolazione diversa. Particolari che nel testo passano quasi inosservati assumono qui un ruolo centrale.
In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, rock writer Jim Beviglia reflects not only on why each song has earned its place on list but lays out the story behind each of the 100, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical content of Springsteen's remarkable body of work. Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of each song to its listeners, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American songwriter and consummate recording artist.
Gus & Me
Author: Keith Richards
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
An inspiring, acclaimed picture book about family and music that details the electric moment with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones first picked up a guitar, illustrated by his daughter, Theodora Richards. Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as "Gus," who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith's daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards's exquisite pen-and-ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It also includes selected photographs from the Richards family collection.
Born to Run
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himselfto writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as The Big Bang: seeing Elvis Presley s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road, "Badlands." "Darkness on the edge of Town. "The River" "Born in the U.S.A." "The Rising, " abd "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few). Bruce Springsteen s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Once an Outlaw
Author: Jill Gregory
DID HE STEAL HER HEART—OR DID SHE GIVE IT AWAY? A newcomer to Forlorn Valley, Emily Spoon vows never to lose her family or her land again. Here is the future. Uncle Jake and the boys can go straight. She can set up her own dressmaking business. But her dreams of a fresh start turn to dust when a stranger accosts her, demanding to know the whereabouts of the Spoon gang. Heaven help her, Emily never saw a man so handsome. Only later does she learn his name: Clint Barclay, the sheriff who destroyed her family—and now threatens her resolute heart. . . . Clint Barclay rides off, unable to forget the rifle-toting, icy-tongued beauty from a family of outlaws. Emily Spoon swears they’ve gone straight, but Clint knows better—he’s jailed the Spoons before and knows he’ll do it again. . . . Then one stunning, burning kiss at a dance changes everything. Suddenly Clint realizes that he’s found the only woman he’s ever really wanted—but he can’t have her . . . not unless he is willing to sleep with the enemy for the rest of his life. . . . From the Paperback edition.
Author: Pete Dexter
DEADWOOD, DAKOTA TERRITORIES, 1876: Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne, fleeing an ungrateful populace. Bill, aging and sick but still able to best any man in a fair gunfight, just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards. But in this town of played-out miners, bounty hunters, upstairs girls, Chinese immigrants, and various other entrepeneurs and miscreants, he finds himself pursued by a vicious sheriff, a perverse whore man bent on revenge, and a besotted Calamity Jane. Fueled by liquor, sex, and violence, this is the real wild west, unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its story.
Author: Pete Earley
For decades no law enforcement program has been as cloaked in controversy and mystery as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Now, for the first time, Gerald Shur, the man credited with the creation of WITSEC, teams with acclaimed investigative journalist Pete Earley to tell the inside story of turncoats, crime-fighters, killers, and ordinary human beings caught up in a life-and-death game of deception in the name of justice. WITSEC Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program When the government was losing the war on organized crime in the early 1960s, Gerald Shur, a young attorney in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, urged the department to entice mobsters into breaking their code of silence with promises of protection and relocation. But as high-ranking mob figures came into the program, Shur discovered that keeping his witnesses alive in the face of death threats involved more than eradicating old identities and creating new ones. It also meant cutting off families from their pasts and giving new identities to wives and children, as well as to mob girlfriends and mistresses. It meant getting late-night phone calls from protected witnesses unable to cope with their new lives. It meant arranging funerals, providing financial support, and in one instance even helping a mobster’s wife get breast implants. And all too often it meant odds that a protected witness would return to what he knew best–crime. In this book Shur gives a you-are-there account of infamous witnesses, from Joseph Valachi to “Sammy the Bull” Gravano to “Fat Vinnie” Teresa, of the lengths the program goes to to keep its charges safe, and of cases that went very wrong and occasionally even protected those who went on to kill again. He describes the agony endured by innocent people who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up in a program tailored to criminals. And along with Shur’s war stories, WITSEC draws on the haunting words of one mob wife, who vividly describes her life of lies, secrecy, and loss inside the program. A powerful true story of the inner workings of one of the most effective and controversial weapons in the war against organized crime and the inner workings of organized crime itself–and more recently against Colombian drug dealers, outlaw motorcycle gang members, white-collar con men, and international terrorists–this book takes us into a tense, dangerous twilight world carefully hidden in plain sight: where the family living next door might not be who they say they are. . . From the Paperback edition.
Offers a state-by-state description of historic sites and Western museums, and tells the stories of outlaws, gunfighters, and lawmen
From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson. Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction." Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.