With A Life In Pursuit Lloyd Sachs offers the first critical appreciation of T Bone Burnett, demonstrating how the Americana advocate and producer has shaped the landscape of American music. In the studio, Burnett was known for pushing artists as like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Los Lobos, and B.B. King to their full sonic capabities. With his roots-based soundtrack for the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Burnett introduced a large amount of the population to Americana music when it went on to sell 8 million copies. He has been honored with both a Grammy and an Academy Award.
Sachs highlights Burnett's musical contributions throughout the history of his career, from his days as a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and his collaboration with the playwright Sam Shepard to the music he recently composed for the TV shows Nashville and True Detective and his production of the all-star album Lost On The River: The Basement Tapes. The book also pays due to T Bone Burnett's turn as a singer-songwriter in his own right.
Lloyd Sachs is a nationally known voice on pop music and jazz for several publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the Village Voice to Jazz Times, and is a senior editor for No Depression, the "alt-country" magazine. His study shows the huge cultural impact T Bone Burnett has had on nearly four decades of American music. "T Bone Burnett proves that a producer can make as much of an artistic impact as a performer," writes critic Geoffrey Himes of the Washington Post, No Depression, and Paste. "Enjoyable, sparkling prose."