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National Release of Musician Rickie Lee Jones’ Memoir April 6 at Preservation Hall

NEW ORLEANS – The Garden District Book Shop is honored to host an evening recognizing the achievements of Rickie Lee Jones and to launch her new memoir on April 6 at 726 St. Peter St. in the French Quarter at the historic jazz venue. Jones’ book signing event will occur outdoors and socially distanced.

Jones is a multiple award-winning singer, musician and songwriter whose diverse work spans across a multitude of genres including blues, pop, R&B, rock, soul, and jazz. Her memoir, “Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour”, Jones’ debut literary work, a no-holds-barred account of her life as one of rock’s hardest working women. The autobiographical work takes readers through the journey of her life from her nomadic childhood as the granddaughter of vaudevillian performers, to her father’s abandonment of the family and her years as a teenage runaway, her beginnings at Los Angeles’ Troubadour club, to her tumultuous relationship with Tom Waits, her battle with drugs and longevity as a woman in rock and roll.  At its core, “Last Chance Texaco” is the story of a woman who beat all odds and grew up to become one of the most legendary artists of her time, turning adversity and hopelessness into timeless music.

The book release event will be hosted on April 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the iconic Preservation Hall. The evening will feature a lively and in-depth conversation with Jones and WWOZ talent Jamie Dell’Apa. They will discuss Jones’ remarkable life and career and share excerpts from the memoir.

Tickets for the in-person event are $40 and can be found in limited quantity on Eventbrite. In-Person tickets include a signed copy of Jones’ memoir, a seat for the discussion, opportunity to have a copy personalized by Jones and beverages provided by The Garden District Book Shop in partnership with Martin Wine Cellar. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this event has limited capacity and the event will adhere to all CDC guidelines. In-town and out-of-town virtual tickets are also available for purchase. Virtual tickets include tele-access to the discussion (including the opportunity to ask questions) and one signed copy of “Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour.”  Virtual tickets with in-store pickup are available for $34 and virtual tickets with shipping are available for $39. For more information and ticketing options please click here. 

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