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New Books About Music to Read This Summer

“Last Chance Texaco,” named for one of the memorable songs on that first album, also offers accounts of her problematic romances with Tom Waits, Lowell George and Dr. John. Musicians are trouble, but it’s music (starting with childhood obsessions with “West Side Story” and Laura Nyro) that provides her stability. She has a breakthrough writing the stunning ballad “Company” — “a visceral, tortuous process … these were pure feelings as airy and unrooted as a color or a tingle.”

There’s a detailed description of a genuinely odd, fantastical encounter with Van Morrison at an Irish music festival, but she mostly

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