Steve Earle

I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive
  • I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive

  • Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams. Literally.

    In 1963, ten years after giving Hank the overdose that killed him, Doc is wracked by addiction. Having lost his licence to practise medicine, he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighbourhood in search of Doc's services, miraculous things begin to happen. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank's angry ghost - who isn't at all pleased to see Doc doing well.

    I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is a poetic ghost story, as well as a ballad of regret and redemption, and miracles.

Steve Earle is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and the author of the story collection Doghouse Roses (2002) and I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (2011). Steve Earle has released ten critically acclaimed albums since his 1986 debut Guitar Town made him an overnight star. A prolonged struggle with drug addiction resulted in a spell in jail in the early 1990s. Since his recovery, his comeback albums, beginning with the 1995 Grammy-nominated Train a Comin', have all been critical and commercial successes. His latest album is Transcendental Blues. Earle also works on behalf of a number of political and social causes which have been the subjects of his songs for years. He serves as a board member of an organisation that seeks to abolish the death penalty and is also active in anti-landmine and welfare rights movements. His fiction has been described by Patti Smith as “like a dream you can't shake, offering beauty and remorse, and redemption in spades.”

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