Honky Tonk Angel

Honky Tonk Angel
Honky Tonk Angel

Honky Tonk Angel

The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline
By Ellis Nassour, Foreword by Dottie West


320 Pages, 6 x 9 1/4

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

ISBN 9781556527470

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2008)


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Crazy for loving you

This definitive biography, based on exclusive and extensive interviews with Patsy Cline’s mother, husband, and the country stars who knew and loved her, is now updated to feature a host of never-before-published photographs and letters and an afterword that details controversial claims about her birth, the battle between Cline’s siblings for her possessions, and the amazing influence she had on new generations of singers.


"Done with great respect and humor and just enough down-and-dirty detail." —New York Daily News

"Patsy Cline's immortal voice sings in Honky Tonk Angel . . . it brings tears streaming down your face. . . . Larger than life, yet still intimate. Honest and respectful."  —The Virginian-Pilot

"Gazes unflinchingly at its subject. . . . Filled with poignant memories and amazing detail."  ­­—Nashville Tennessean

"With a clear, concise style, Nassour reconstructs Cline’s life. . . . [The] painstaking interviews provide an insightful and comprehensive look at one of country music's pioneers. It’s a good read."  —Rocky Mountain News

"Cline was a woman of great passion, prone to her own style of sexual braggadocio, and Nassour gives us all the earthiness of this most sublime singer."  —Phoenix Gazette

"Revealing and absorbing . . . a winner."  —Liz Smith

"Ellis Nassour’s biography doesn’t just paint an image of the Patsy Cline I knew and loved. What really emerges is a poignant tribute to one of our greatest singing legends."  —Brenda Lee, American pop singer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Rockabilly Hall of Fame

"Honky Tonk Angel brought back wonderful memories. It brings home the fact that Patsy was an original in her cowboy outfit with red boots and western hat singing her butt off, singing her soul at you. There#&39;s been no one quite like her."  —Roger Miller

Author Biography

Ellis Nassour is a veteran of The New York Times and an entertainment writer. He has devoted the past 15 years to promoting the legacy of Patsy Cline, and has been involved in two musicals of her story. He lives in New York City.