‘A sweet book about hero worship and friendship, written with love by someone who was there. A must read for all fans of Lee Hazlewood.’
- Bobby Gillespie
‘Wyndham’s time spent with Lee Hazlewood evokes a golden age of music journalism and, with a cast list that involves Frank Sinatra, Nick Cave, and Dean Martin, Lee Hazlewood lived a life well worth reading about.’
- Tim Burgess
‘Lee Hazlewood was a complicated man. He had wit, charm, talent, and a temper. Wyndham Wallace’s vivid, poignant book, a biography wrapped in a memoir, brings him roaring back to life.’
- Dorian Lynskey
‘If I had a name like Wyndham Wallace I would not associate or correspond with anyone with a simple name like mine. However, since you have lowered yourself to such depths, how can my old Indian heart (west not east) not respond favourably.’
- Lee Hazlewood
In 1999, after years in the wilderness, Lee Hazlewood—the legendary but often neglected singer and songwriter best known for ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’’, the chart-topping hit he wrote and produced for Nancy Sinatra—launched a comeback that would last until his death in 2007. Lee, Myself & I offers an intimate portrait of how, during that time, Wyndham Wallace became Hazlewood’s confidante, manager, and even collaborator.
A lively and poignant account of their unlikely friendship, adventures, and conversations—described by BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie as “a fantastic read”, and from which a 2,500 word extract ran in the Observer (UK)—Wallace’s unusual memoir tells the touching but true story of what it’s like to meet your hero, befriend him, and watch him die. Along the way, he captures the complex personality of a reclusive icon whose work helped shape the American pop-cultural landscape and continues to influence countless artists today.
Wallace will launch the book on May 21 in London at Rough Trade East, where Ed Harcourt will perform Hazlewood songs and act as ringmaster. A Berlin launch party will also take place on June 11 at Il Kino, where a secret, very special guest will also appear.
Wallace will also be appearing at Norway’s Træna Festival (July 9–11), as well as the Green Man Festival (August 20–23) and Festival No. 6 (September 3–6) in the UK. Additional readings are planned for later in the year, in the UK and elsewhere.