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Life Lessons with Jimmy Buffett: A good life all the way with Ryan White

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In JIMMY BUFFETT: A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY (on-sale May 9, 2017; Touchstone, acclaimed music critic Ryan White has crafted a candid, compelling, and rollicking portrait of the legendary pirate captain of Margaritaville and the brand his life has inspired.  

This is the definitive, comprehensive account of Jimmy Buffett's long-way-around road to success, tracing his improbable journey from strumming songs for free beer and spare change to emerging as the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock.” Earning millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, Buffett is also the CEO behind the $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and even a 2018 Broadway musical—all inspired by his disillusioned yet infectiously upbeat, must-sing-along hit song.

Deeply researched, with interviews from friends, musicians, Coral Reefer Band members, and business partners who were along for the raucous ride, this is a full sail adventure with plenty of musical meanderings from Mobile, Pascagoula, Nashville, and New Orleans to Key West, the Bahamas, and beyond. The first book about Buffet supported by many of those who know him best, Jimmy Buffett gets at the man behind the legend that he has so carefully cultivated. 

Jimmy Buffett wasn't always the pied piper of beaches, bars, and laid-back living. Born on the Gulf Coast to the son of a sea captain, he was destined to scuff around New Orleans and Biloxi in the late '60s and flunk out of Auburn and Music Row (not to mention a marriage) by 1971 before finding unexpected refuge among the artists, shrimpers, drug-runners, and other colorful characters who'd collected at the end of the road in Key West.