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More Miles Than Money

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music

More Miles Than Money

Journeys Through American Music

Garth Cartwright

Compelling journey through the backwoods of American music by the author of Princes Amongst Men

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9781847652980 (6 Aug 2010)

About the book

Armed only with a Greyhound ticket and enough money for his next beer, Garth Cartwright set out to see whether the American roots music he loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century. His journey took him from the LA bus station to the Mexican cantinas of San Antonio, the Indian reservations of New Mexico to the last surviving juke joints of Highway 61. Along the way he meets an exotic mix of surviving
legends - from soul diva Mabel John to the queen of Mexican American song Lydia Mendoza, funk pioneer Charles Wright to country troubadour Billy Joe Shaver - plus a supporting cast of cowboy poets, down and out bluesmen and a feller called Lee who becomes Cartwright's co-pilot for an epic drive across the deserts of the South-West. A remarkable piece of travel writing and an introduction to the real stars of Americana.

About the author

New Zealand born, South London based, wanderer by inclination, Garth Cartwright is best known for his 2005 book Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (Serpents Tail). He left school at 16, tried his hand at professional skateboarding, singing in punk bands, promoting concerts and even had a brief sojourn as a boxer, before turning to writing full time. In 1995 he won the Guardian Music Writing Award. He has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent On Sunday, The Times, Time Out, Uncut, Folk Roots, and a multitude of international publications.


Wild American road tales from a writer who lives to ride

- Charlie Musselwhite

Garth Cartwright takes you on a quixotic trek down the dirt roads of American music. This book is part thriller, part adventure story, part mystery tale - in sum, a secret history of roots music as heard only in near-forgotten juke joints, honky tonks, roadhouses, East L.A. barrios, and yes, even churches. Reading his passionate prose, you can almost smell the catfish frying, taste the white whiskey, and feel that bassline pounding away

- Michael Dregni, author of Django: the Life & Times of a Gypsy Legend

Praise for Princes Amongst Men (9781842424831):
Excellent... what distinguishes Cartwright is his style, his verve and his whole-hearted engagement with his subject

- Guardian

Brilliant... will capture the imagination of any would-be traveller... An irresistible combination of travelogue and search for human roots

- Sunday Express

Cartwright has a writer's eye for detail and a musician's dedication to late-night adventures... he is good at documenting the road-trip element of his story... gets into the heart of an often obscured side of America... [and] writes with spirit.

- Clover Stroud, Sunday Telegraph

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music