Book Soup and the Troubadour present Rickie Lee Jones, in conversation with Chris Douridas, discussing Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour

This troubadour life is only for the fiercest hearts, only for those vessels that can be broken to smithereens and still keep beating out the rhythm for a new song.

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour is the first ever no-holds-barred account of the life of two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones in her own words. It is a tale of desperate chances and impossible triumphs, an adventure story of a girl who beat the odds and grew up to become one of the most legendary artists of her time, turning adversity and hopelessness into timeless music.

With candor and lyricism, the "Duchess of Coolsville" (Time) takes us on a singular journey through her nomadic childhood, to her years as a teenage runaway, through her legendary love affair with Tom Waits and ultimately her longevity as the hardest working woman in rock and roll. Rickie Lee's stories are rich with the infamous characters of her early songs - "Chuck-E's in Love," "Weasel and the White Boys Cool," "Danny's All-Star Joint," and "Easy Money"-- but long before her notoriety in show business, there was a vaudevillian cast of hitchhikers, bank robbers, jail breaks, drug mules, a pimp with a heart of gold and tales of her fabled ancestors.

In this tender and intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable, trailblazing, and tenacious women in music are never-before-told stories of the girl in the raspberry beret, a singer-songwriter whose music defied categorization and inspired American pop culture for decades. (Grove Press)


About our co-presenter: "Since opening in 1957, the legendary Troubadour club in West Hollywood has helped launch some of contemporary music’s most talented performers. Greats such as Elton John, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell performed there early in their careers, and it continues to be a destination for cutting-edge acts from around the world. 

Artists such as Rickie Lee Jones have gotten their start in small clubs and these stages have been part of their story. The Troubadour joined the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save and preserve independent music venues and promoters across the country. Their goal is to provide financial relief so that these venues don’t permanently close their doors due to the pandemic. These stages are important to artists of all sizes as they contribute to the history of live music and their communities."


In the spirit of supporting our stages, Book Soup will donate $5 of every event ticket directly to the Troubadour.


This event ticket includes a hardcover copy of Last Chance Texaco, as well as online access to the event for your household. You will receive a link and password to attend the Crowdcast event on the afternoon of Friday, April 9th.


Please note: Ticket options include in-store pick up, shipped domestically (allow 2-3 weeks for delivery), or shipped internationally (allow 4-5 weeks for delivery). Books will be mailed to you after the event. For those who choose in-store pick up, you will be contacted by Book Soup via email following the event and alerted as to when your book will be ready for pick up.

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Event date: 
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 5:00pm
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