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Living in the Woods in a Tree is an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949--1989), seen through the eyes of Sybil Rosen, the woman for whom he wrote his most widely known song, “If I Could Only Fly." It captures the exuberance of their fleeting idyll in a tree house in the Georgia woods during the countercultural 1970s. Rosen offers a firsthand witnessing of Foley’s transformation from a reticent hippie musician to the enigmatic singer/songwriter who would live and die outside society's rules. While Foley's own performances are only recently being released, his songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine. When he first encountered “If I Could Only Fly," Merle Haggard called it “the best country song I've heard in fifteen years." In a work that is part-memoir, part-biography, Rosen struggles to finally come to terms with Foley's myth and her role in its creation. Her tracing of his impact on her life navigates a lovers' roadmap along the permeable boundary between life and death. A must-read for all Blaze Foley and Texas music fans, as well as romantics of all ages, Living in the Woods in a Tree is an honest and compassionate portrait of the troubled artist and his reluctant muse.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Part 1: Moonlight
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter 1: Things I Can’t Throw Away
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Chapter 2: The Mill
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. Chapter 3: Hear My Song
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Chapter 4: Stolen Hearts
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. Chapter 5: Exodus
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. Chapter 6: Legendary Loves
  2. pp. 24-28
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  1. Chapter 7: Waller
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. Chapter 8: The Tree House
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. Chapter 9: Udo
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. Chapter 10: Alternative Lifestyles
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. Chapter 11: Interdependence Day
  2. pp. 49-51
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  1. Chapter 12: Homecoming
  2. pp. 52-55
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  1. Chapter 13: Ghosts
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. Chapter 14: Livin’ in the Woods in a Tree
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. Chapter 15: JAB Blues
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. Chapter 16: Romantic Codes
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. Chapter 17: Number the Days
  2. pp. 71-73
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  1. Chapter 18: Revelations
  2. pp. 74-79
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  1. Chapter 19: Inner Prizes
  2. pp. 80-84
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  1. Chapter 20: When in Roanoke
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. Chapter 21: Three Dawg Nights
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. Chapter 22: Departure
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Chapter 23: Our Little Town
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Chapter 24: Nowhere to Hide
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. Part 2: Autumn Winds
  2. p. 101
  1. Chapter 25: Miles to Go
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Chapter 26: Fat Tuesday
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Chapter 27: Tumbleweed
  2. pp. 109-111
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  1. Chapter 28: Big D
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. Chapter 29: Wacko
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. Chapter 30: Lovers and Music [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. Chapter 31: The Live Music Capital of the World
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Chapter 32: Good Enough for Jesus
  2. pp. 129-133
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  1. Chapter 33: Jumping the Gun
  2. pp. 134-138
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  1. Chapter 34: Letters from Blaze
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. Chapter 35: Dear Blaze
  2. pp. 142-144
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  1. Chapter 36: Artist at Large
  2. pp. 145-147
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  1. Chapter 37: Address Unknown
  2. pp. 148-149
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  1. Chapter 38: Postcards from the Road
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. Chapter 39: Postage Due
  2. p. 153
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  1. Chapter 40: On the Road Again
  2. pp. 154-156
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  1. Chapter 41: Cold, Cold World
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Chapter 42: If I Could Only Fly
  2. pp. 162-166
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  1. Chapter 43: My Reasons Why
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Part 3: Country Music Widow
  2. p. 169
  1. Chapter 44: Scavengers
  2. pp. 171-173
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  1. Chapter 45: Lone Stars
  2. pp. 174-176
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  1. Chapter 46: Texas Troubadour
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. Chapter 47: Loma Ranch
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. Chapter 48: Brink of Devotion
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. Chapter 49: Blaze Takes a Request
  2. pp. 192-195
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  1. Chapter 50: Udo Revised
  2. pp. 196-199
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  1. Chapter 51: Lord of the Dead
  2. pp. 200-205
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  1. Chapter 52: Duct Tape Messiah
  2. pp. 206-208
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  1. Chapter 53: Fathers and Sons
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Chapter 54: Meeting Persephone
  2. pp. 213-215
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  1. Chapter 55: Funny Valentine
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. Part 4: Small Town Hero
  2. p. 219
  1. Chapter 56: True North
  2. pp. 221-223
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  1. Chapter 57: Christian Ladies
  2. pp. 224-228
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  1. Chapter 58: Family Secrets
  2. pp. 229-231
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  1. Chapter 59: Prodigal Daughters
  2. pp. 232-235
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  1. Part 5: The Moon Shines On
  2. p. 237
  1. Chapter 60: Numbers
  2. pp. 239-241
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  1. Chapter 61: Head Over Heels
  2. pp. 242-243
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  1. Chapter 62: Udo Revisited
  2. pp. 244-245
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  1. Chapter 63: Untitled
  2. pp. 246-247
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 248-250
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  1. Discography
  2. p. 251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 252-262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574413731
Related ISBN
9781574412505
MARC Record
OCLC
613192856
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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