Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir – Discussion and Book Signing

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir – Discussion and Book Signing

Celebrate the roots of Austin's vibrant history as live music capital of the world and hear stories of the legendary Austin music venue, the Armadillo World Headquarters, on May 9 at 6:30 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. 

Join us for an evening book discussion with Eddie Wilson, who recently published Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir. Wilson will be joined by Jesse Sublett, who assisted with the book. They will discuss the book and how the project came together. A book signing will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit

About the Book
On August 7, 1970, Eddie Wilson and a band of hippies threw open the doors of Armadillo World Headquarters, and the live music capital of the world was born in Austin, Texas. Over its ten-year lifespan, the Armadillo hosted thousands of high-profile musicians – Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, AC/DC, Charlie Daniels, the Ramones, Roy Buchanan and Bette Midler, to name a few. The Armadillo helped define the Austin lifestyle, culture and identity, setting the stage for successors such as the SXSW music festival, PBS’s Austin City Limits and the ACL festival, which have made Austin an international destination for music fans.

In this rollicking memoir, Eddie Wilson tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Armadillo from the moment he first peered into a derelict National Guard armory building and knew that destiny had found him. He vividly describes how two previously clashing groups – rednecks and hippies – came together at the Armadillo, enjoying a new blend of country music and rock that spawned a many-named movement: cosmic cowboy, progressive country, and redneck rock, among others. Wilson also reveals the struggles and creative solutions that kept the doors open, the angels who provided timely infusions of cash, the janitors and carpenters who maintained the Dillo, and the artists who created iconic poster art. Extensively illustrated with candid photographs and music posters, Armadillo World Headquarters recounts the story of this legendary venue.



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