I cannot say I am a huge Buffet fan. I like some of his songs, of course, but I am not a Parrothead. What I do like is his writing. And, also being a music lover, I totally enjoyed this book. Highlights from the year he turned 50; the trip he, family, and friends took in celebration; concerts; fishing trips. Just a fun book to read.
So put on your flip flops and take a seat in the sun. Pop the top on a cold one and start reading! You will enjoy the sun, the beer, and the book!
Written in 1996 on the occasion of Buffett's 50th birthday, this book chronicles the details of the Buffett family's whirlwind trip around the Caribbean Islands that his songs have made so familiar to his legion of fans. While telling us of the experiences he has on his birthday trip, he also takes the time to look back over his first 50 years. I am a fan of JB, both as a musician and an author, and I really enjoyed this memoir. I highly recommend this book!
I LOVE Jimmy! His memoir is sometimes sad, often funny with a few terrorizing moments thrown in (getting shot at and crashing his plane). I am a big fan of his fiction and his music, and this made me feel like I've seen glimpses of the real man.
Wandering and episodic tale of a family trip through the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America on the occasion of Buffett's 50th birthday. Liberally sprinkled with reminiscences, this is biographical without being a biography.
From Publishers Weekly: "The breezy pop craftsman of "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" famously spends most of his time sailing, trotting out 1970s chestnuts on the summer tour circuit and writing. Buffett's bestselling Tales from Margaritaville (1989) and Where Is Joe Merchant? (1992), among other books, created a world of sun-baked characters whose doings bore some resemblance to those of their author. This memoir draws back the curtain between fact and fiction, and genially takes stock in a manner likely to appeal to the Me generation. Though he rambles, repeats himself and may even raise hackles ("I have been too warped by Catholicism not to be cynical"), Buffett is earnest and unapologetic in his hedonism, seeing his mock pirate's life as the antithesis of the conformity foisted on him as a child in Alabama. In a series of loosely chronological vignettes, Buffett quickly takes us from his bar-band beginnings to a brush with death when he crashes one of his fleet of seaplanes. A lower-latitude voyage with his family (in a newer, bigger plane) to celebrate his 50th birthday makes up the bulk of the book, and takes them from Florida to the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Colombia and the Amazon. The diaristic logbook that Buffett keeps along the way provides endless opportunities to muse on the music business; his older, wilder ways; navigation and, on the horizon, approaching mortality. Buffett's prose won't itself win him more "parrotheads" (as his fans are called), but those with enough patience or reverence to wade through long descriptions of beloved gear, favorite books or "f'g tikki pukki drinks" will find beneath these amblings a disarmingly direct character." Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Great book for Parrotheads or anyone else who wonders what it would be like to live the life of an unusual rock and roller. Unusual because it is not all "sex, drugs and rock and roll" but living life on your terms whether you are down and out or on top of the world. Not a bad book either for daydreaming about what you would do if you hit the lottery some day! Kind of sweet in the way he talks about growing older and having kids. I enjoyed it as a great light read for plane or beach.
I really enjoyed this memoir. Buffett wrote it during a family vacation to the Caribbean and South America over Christmas 1996 and New Years 1997. The trip inspired memories of his childhood and of other trips and he weaves these stories into the book. There are also wonderful asides about geography, history, movies, fiction and of course, music. A must read for every parrot head.
Jimmy Buffet took his family on a trek around the Carribeanin in celebration of his 50th birthday. it is a colorfiul travelogue of his music and youth and it revolves around him looking for a perfect fishing spot.
He also remarks around his feelings of parenthood and what it was like growing up in the fifties.