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Blaze Foley (Michael David Fuller)
December 18, 1949 in Malvern, Arkansas – February 1, 1989 in Austin, Texas
This book was put together in memory of Blaze Foley, a singer-songwriter whose life ended in tragedy. Almost 30 years after his passing, his songs have lost none of their quality, charm and relevance.
Unfortunately, we have never had the pleasure of meeting him or seeing him in concert. We only became aware of his music long after his passing.
We are not aiming to rewrite history. This book is a collection of articles originally published elsewhere, texts we commissioned specifically for this book and texts we wrote ourselves – from interviews we conducted with Blaze’s friends, companions, fellow musicians and people who knew him well. Some of them we met in person, some of them sent their accounts via email, some we talked to on the phone.
We hope you enjoy this book and we hope it makes you want to listen to Blaze’s music.
Love & Peace
Carmen und Kai Nees
This book tells the tragic story of a singer-songwriter who was a part of the Austin, Texas music scene in the 1980s. Townes van Zandt, Gurf Morlix, Lucinda Williams and Calvin Russell – to name but a few – were his friends. Unfortunately, he never released an album while he was alive – the master tapes to his first album were stolen from his car, the ones from his second album were confiscated by the FBI and when he tried recording an album for the third time, the tapes got lost in the recording studio. Ten years after his death, some of those recordings were found and released.
And yet, Blaze Foley has achieved the status of a legend. He was a complicated character, an outsider, often homeless. He crashed on the couches of friends until they kicked him out, or he slept beneath pool tables in clubs and bars. He never held down a regular job since he wanted to dedicate his life to music. Duct tape became his trademark, on his clothes, his boots and everywhere. He had a wealth of empathy for the downtrodden, for the poor, for those living on the fringes of society, just like him. He hated injustice and witnessing it made him very angry. It was exactly this desire to stand up against injustice and to help the helpless which led to his demise. He was killed by a gunshot on February 1, 1989.
People can become legends only if their memory is kept alive.
Taschenbuch, ISBN 978-3-00-060018-0
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