From the Austin Chronicle:

Book Review: Books, Box Sets & Reviews

Cleve Hattersley

REVIEWED BY DOUG FREEMAN, FRI., DEC. 6, 2019

By his own admission, Cleve Hattersley stumbled through a life of adjacent stardom. Best known as leader of Greezy Wheels, the house band of the Armadillo World Headquarters, the Austinite's memoir offers a long, strange trip across America's countercultures, like a Beat Forrest Gump. Serendipities range from sublime (Jimi Hendrix auditioning at the Night Owl in NYC) to surreal (living across the street from the Manson family in the Haight), with the author marveling at his dumb luck most of all. And yet, it's Hattersley the hustler who positioned himself in Greenwich Village in the early Sixties, at the Fillmore on the West Coast later in the decade, in Austin's progressive Seventies, and in running the Lone Star Cafe back in NYC through the cocaine-fueled, cameoed Eighties. The songwriter's narration is as erratic as an after-hours, smoked-out jam session, jumping from his prison stint for smuggling pot to running Kinky Friedman's political campaigns with an anachronistic nonchalance, but his informal and gossip-spilling telling never fails to entertain. Beyond the anecdotes, Hattersley's life seems to be a testament to saying yes but keeping your shit together enough to get out alive and, maybe more importantly, maintain a helluva a story to tell.

 

Life is a Butt Dial: Tales From a Life Among the Tragically Hip

by Cleve Hattersley

Yes Publishing, 210 pp., $19.95

 

New Cleve and Sweet Mary dates, y'all (plus some remaining tour dates)!

 

December 6, 2019

The Devil’s Backbone w/Kinky 

4041 Farm to Market 32

Fischer, TX 78623

(830) 964-2544

devilsbackbonetavern.com

 

December 12, 2019

AusPop Museum

6416b North Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX

Start: TBA

Performance, reading and signing in front of the 

Uranium Savages Birthday celebration!

 

December 16, 17 and 20, 2019

6pm-9pm each night

Book signings

Austin Museum Of Pop Culture Booth

Armadillo Bazaar

Palmer Arts Center

Austin, TX

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Continental Club w/Kinky

1315 South Congress

Austin, TX

512-441-2444

 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Owl

106 N. Main St

Elgin, TX

512-285-3547

 

January 4, 2020

5pm

Book People

603 North Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX

512-472-5050

 

January 17, 2020

AllGood Cafe

2934 Main St 

Dallas, TX

Starts at 7pm

Performance, reading and signing

Mike Snider  

(214) 742-5362

 

January 18, 2020

Dan's Silverleaf

103 Industrial St.

Denton, TX

Start @ approx 6pm

Performance, reading and signing

Dan Mojica

(940) 252-4369 

 

 

AND MORE EVENTS COMING!!!!

 

Oh yes, we will be raising some hell.