"I don't understand music. I understand Lightnin' Hopkins. I understand Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Woody Guthrie, Kinky Friedman." — Bob Dylan
"People know about Kinky from songs like 'Ride 'Em Jewboy.' But he’s such a Renaissance man, it’s impossible to pigeonhole him." — Billy Bob Thornton
"Kinky Friedman was a big part of John Belushi's New York experience. John enjoyed Kinky’s anarchic view of life, his boundary-pushing humor and his formidable musical talent." — Dan Aykroyd
"Kinky, Mozart, Shakespeare—with what could I equal them?" — Joseph Heller
"Life would be stinky if there was no Kinky." — Mojo Nixon
Author Mary Lou Sullivan chats with
Mojo Nixon on Sirius XM Outlaw Country
Check out this excerpt in Rolling Stone.
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Who is Kinky Friedman?
Kinky Friedman has always maintained his Kinkster persona and hidden Richard Friedman from the public eye. Author Mary Lou Sullivan spent many contentious days and nights at Kinky's Texas Hill Country ranch before he trusted her enough to open up.
Best known as an irreverent cigar-chomping Jewish country-and-western singer, turned author, turned politician, Kinky has dined on monkey brains in the jungles of Borneo, supped with presidents, and vacationed with Bob Dylan in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa in Mexico.
A satirist who loves pushing the envelope, he's been attacked onstage, received bomb threats, and put on the only show in Austin City Limits' history deemed too offensive to air.
From the 1970's music scene in L.A. with Tom Waits and the Band, to political platforms advocating legalized marijuana, to friendships with John Belushi, Joseph Heller, Don Imus, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton, this is the candid account --- based on dozens and years of interviews --- of the larger-than-life Texan who is still writing books and songs, recording albums, and performing for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.
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