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Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
From his formative years playing pure, hardcore honky-tonk for mid-'80s Los Angeles punk rockers through his subsequent surge to the top of the country charts, Dwight Yoakam has enjoyed a singular career. An electrifying live performer, superb writer, and virtuosic vocalist, he has successfully bridged two musical worlds that usually have little use for each other--commerc ...more
Paperback, First, 221 pages
Published March 15th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 21, 2013 Dy-an rated it liked it
Shelves: groupie-fuel
There were many great quotes right off the beginning such as, "This meant male critics felt compelled to make some reference, usually disparaging his skintight jeans and twitching butt, which he turned to the audience too often for the comfort of some" (The 'some' would not be this girl!) or, "Dwight's mind is more analytical, even philosophical, as he frequently seems to be heading down five different speculative highways at ninety miles per hour...".

That being said, this book fizzles like a ch
Mar 23, 2012 Basanja rated it liked it
For such an interesting subject (Dwight Yoakam) the author writes this book like a due at the last second research paper. The books is primarily more about the music business than what makes Dwight...well Dwight.

Any long time fans (yes, I remember the Babylonian Cowboys) there's not any new real insight or information. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to pieces to see a book being published about Dwight.
Mark Goddard
Mar 01, 2017 Mark Goddard rated it really liked it
Good read. I like books that skip the dirt and concentrate on the music. That said, I wish it was
longer. Dwight's musical legacy is quite impressive and genuinely ignored which is a crime. Hopefully this is the beginning of a critical appraisal of his art.
Jack Wolfe
Aug 31, 2016 Jack Wolfe rated it liked it
I like reading about Dwight Yoakam, a cool cat daddy who made some great country records during the genre's dark ages (this book dubs it the "Garth Era"; you could also call it "my misspent Texas childhood"). But compared to "The Running Kind," David Cantwell's excellent Merle Haggard book which is also part of the University of Texas's "American Music" imprint (and shares this book's beautiful design), "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" is a little lacking. It purports to be a critical study of Yo ...more
May 13, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Music lovers
I really enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of celebrity or fan biography - but I wouldn't call this book a "fan biography" at all. I only came upon it by chance, and picked it up. I liked Dwight Yoakam's music back in the 80's and 90's but never really focused on him. I eventually had a couple of his CDs. I did always wonder how he managed to make "Honky Tonk Man" with such a driving gotta dance pounding beat and yet keep the original honky tonk feel for the song. I also have never be able t ...more
Amanda-I dream of a gallant southern gentleman watching the sunset
This was an amazing and highly focused biography of Dwight Yoakam's musical life and career. It had, as it promised, absolutely nothing on Sharon Stone's comparison of a dirt sandwich, and I appreciated that immensely. The book focused on his music, and while it does have several chapter on his life before his career, it's all essential to understanding his background, which led to his influences in music. It goes all the way from his childhood in kentucky and ohio (which would later influence a ...more
John Branney
Jul 06, 2013 John Branney rated it really liked it
I have never been a fan of Dwight Yoakam, but after listening to Population:me, I decided to give this book a read. I was not disappointed.

I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying Yoakam's uniqueness in the country music industry, as well as his uniqueness and intelligence as a person. Yoakam marched to the beat of his own drum and sometimes that worked out well within the realm of the country music industry and sometimes it didn't.

As with many stars, they burn bright for awhile a
Sep 14, 2012 Herzog rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
This is in the wrong format. It's a book that is specifically about Dwight's music, not his life, relationships or thought processes. Consequently, as you read the book, you read about the music that he's recorded which is fine and, potentially, interesting. I'm not very familiar with his music, so the words meant little to me. Clearly, Dwight's career has ebbed. So, why not do the smart thing? Make this an e-book with links to all the music so that instead of reading words, you can listen to th ...more
May 12, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I read this book as a fan and found it informative and enjoyable. It felt a little bit like a long magazine article, but when the magazine that comes to mind is No Depression, well, I don't see much to complain about. I came away with a better understanding of Yoakam as a artist and a musician - and with a need to put his recordings back into heavy rotation.
Thin and repetitive analysis of Dwight Yoakam's music that seems to be based on one interview with Dwight, a couple interviews with Pete Anderson and a long talk with Dave Alvin. A valiant effort, but not quite enough meat on the bones.
Mar 16, 2012 Todd rated it liked it
Not a bad read. Wish it had more about his personal life, but this was strickly his music. I knew a lot of this already, but a good start. Wish someone would take this book and insert chapters regarding touring or more interview material on Dwight.
Mary Lou
Jun 16, 2012 Mary Lou rated it it was ok
Reads like a lengthy magazine bio. Interesting, if you are a fan of him or that rockabilly genre. I was hoping for a little personal info on him but the biographer obviously left out all info about his personal life. I do love Dwight.
Jun 22, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
If you love Yoakam....
Sep 16, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok
Not a tell-all book, completely about his music and career. Interesting tidbits though, such as attending THE Ohio State University and some acting.
Brenda Jo
Who knew? So many preconceived thoughts corrected!
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