Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir (Unabridged) Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir (Unabridged)

Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The iconic singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy winner opens up about her traumatic childhood in the Deep South, her years of being overlooked in the music industry, and the stories that inspired her enduring songs in this “bracingly candid chronicle” (The Wall Street Journal).
“[Williams’s] memoir transmutes the wisdom, pain, and hard-won joy of her life into stories that stick with you.”—Vogue


Lucinda Williams’s rise to fame was anything but easy. Raised in a working-class family in the Deep South, she moved from town to town each time her father—a poet, a textbook salesman, a professor, a lover of parties—got a new job, totaling twelve different places by the time she was eighteen. Her mother suffered from severe mental illness and was in and out of hospitals. And when Williams was about a year old, she had to have an emergency tracheotomy—an inauspicious start for a singing career. But she was also born a fighter, and she would develop a voice that has captivated millions.

In Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You, Williams takes readers through the events that shaped her music—from performing for family friends in her living room to singing at local high schools and colleges in Mexico City, to recording her first album with Folkway Records and headlining a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall. She reveals the inspirations for her unforgettable lyrics, including the doomed love affairs with “poets on motorcycles” and the gothic southern landscapes of the many different towns of her youth, including Macon, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Williams spent years working at health food stores and record stores during the day so she could play her music at night, and faced record companies who told her that her music was not “finished,” that it was “too country for rock and too rock for country.”  But her fighting spirit persevered, leading to a hard-won success that spans seventeen Grammy nominations and a legacy as one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of our time.

Raw, intimate, and honest, Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You is an evocative reflection on an extraordinary woman’s life journey.

Biographies & Memoirs
Lucinda Williams
hr min
April 25
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

strangebeliever ,

Stunning memoir read by the sublime author

What a gift to listen to Lucinda’s life stories, narrated by her. Her voice is comforting and one of my favorites on earth. Inspiring to learn how she overcame many obstacles to give the world her phenomenal music. She tells of growing up in broken homes, how her mother suffered mental illness, how she got kicked out of high school for fighting for racial justice, and how she forged her way through the music industry, which was full of patronizing men who wanted to control her, change her songs, and make her more “marketable.” Thankfully she never sold out, and she’s always stayed true to her own vision and genre-bending sound. Feels like a friend-shero is right next to me candidly revealing her “secrets,” and giving life lessons that remind us to persevere. Her humor comes through in the audiobook too, as she often laughs. And it’s beautiful to hear her read song lyrics and poetry, and to get the backstories of her albums; gives me even more appreciation for her amazing songs.

mister huge ,

disappointed, but I persevered ‘till the end

I bought this book, hoping to learn more about her recovery from stroke, not a word in the book, so maybe she wrote it before she had a stroke?, Also, Lucinda is a way better musician than she is a book reader.

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