Forty-two years after her meteoric ascent, Rickie Lee Jones has put out a memoir, ‘Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of a Troubadour’. And this we strongly recommend, a candid, salty, high-octane account of her breakthrough and early adventures criss-crossing America, many of which were turned into songs. Among her cast of fellow travellers are her Vaudevillian song-and-dance grandparents, Tom Waits, Dr John, Lowell George, Lenny Waronker and Chuck E Weiss, all of whom feature in this delightful pod. As do tales of her famous Saturday Night Live slot, West Side Story, her Beatles obsession (aged 8), the Damon Runyan world of late ’70s L.A., current life in New Orleans and the “firece fire of fans who’ve stayed with me”.
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