"I find it exceptional. A must-read book" says DJ Bill Mack "The Satellite Cowboy!"
"Singer/Songwriter Lyle E Style has put together just the right type of book to celebrate and remember Roger Miller. Rather than churn out the standard biography, Style's work lets the people who really knew, admired and loved him, tell their stories. The result is a book that's sometimes hilarious, sometimes troubling and sometimes poignant, one that gives readers far more detail and insight into the Miller personality than any academic chronicle. As distinctive as he was versatile and unusual, Roger Miller's charm and skill is wonderfully outlined in this valuable account."
~ Ron Wynn, American Songwriter Magazine
"In this collection of Q. and A.'s with dozens of illustrious country artists and fixtures of the Nashville scene, [Lyle E Style] ostensibly recounts the life of the musician and raconteur Roger Miller, of "King of the Road" and "Dang Me" fame, who died of cancer in 1992. But through a quirk of deliberate or accidental genius, what Style has actually assembled is a living document of country music in its hootin', hollerin' outlaw heyday."
- The New York Times
Featuring nearly one hundred candid interviews and quotes by:
Cowboy Jack Clement
David Allan Coe
Gary Mule Deer
Little Jimmy Dickens
The Jordanaires (Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker)
Jimmy C. Newman
Dr. Robert Ossoff
Hargus "Pig" Robbins
Ron "Iceman" Shumake
The Statler Brothers (Harold and Don Reid)
Tony Joe White
Featuring some of the last interviews ever given by: Waylon Jennings, Sheb Wooley, Mickey Newbury, Merle Kilgore & Captain Midnight
Foreword by Country Superstar Toby Keith
Over 300 pages of amazing stories on Roger Miller including:
- The genius of his lightning-fast wit
- "Rogerisms" and one-liners
- The influence he had on his peers
- Stories from all eras of his life
- Stories behind the songs including conflicting stories on "King of the Road"
- Co-writing with Roger
- In the studio - songs unfinished, techniques used, etc.
- His record Grammy sweep
- His network Television Show
- The King of the Road Hotel
- His Tony award winning musical Big River
- Lots of great photos including many never before published
- Ups and downs of his fame
- His struggles with drugs and depression
- His healing hands
- Eccentric behavior including Lear jet ventures, staying awake for days at a time, getting into fights and walking off stage during concerts
- Stories from Vegas, Nashville, New York, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and beyond
- His fight with Cancer
- For the first time revealed - the real cause of his death.
- Roger's angel and much more!
Also read fascinating stories about:
- Elvis Presley
- Roy Orbison
- Bobby Darin
- Johnny Cash
- Jerry Lee Lewis
- Faron Young
- Thumbs Carllile
- Danny Gatton
- The truth about drugs in Nashville and in the industry
- Interviewees' opinions on the current state of the music industry
- Stories of their own careers and songs
- The Outlaw Feud - Waylon Jennings vs. Tompall Glaser
- Behind the scenes of the interviews including being thrown on Willie Nelson's bus
- Advice from the interviewees on life, songwriting, succeeding in the business and more!
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Comments about the book:
"Lyle, thank you very much for AIN'T GOT NO CIGARETTES! What a perfect title. What an honor to be a part of the book! I was certain you would present a good, honest study of my friend, but ... honestly ... the pages are even better than I expected.
What makes the book most enjoyable is your very well constructed atmosphere while interviewing the various "artists", "songwriters", "producers", etc. What an enjoyable trip! I love the input of such diversified individuals as Sheb Wooley and Tompall Glaser. The obvious feuding attitude of Waylon toward Tompall, and the retaliatory thoughts of Tompall toward Waylon, really brought on some laughs!
Best to you, my friend! AIN'T GOT NO CIGARETTES is a winner all the way!"
"Dear Mr. Style:
I received your book on Monday and I just finished it this evening. You did an amazing job, sir. You could have "googled" Roger Miller and simply put together a compilation of articles and stories that were already written .But you didn't. You chose to tell the man's story through an oral history. I really liked that. A few things about the man did surprise me, e.g., his drug abuse problem and his history of impulsive behavior. Ah, the genius and the madness.
I am so happy I bought the book. Great job. I am envious that you were able to hook up with some real legends in putting this together. I don't believe that we will ever again see the likes of this kind of talent in the music business. Ever."
"Lyle...The Book is great!!!!! You have put together a wonderful tribute book, my friend and you should be really proud"
Gary Mule Deer
From Laurie Joulie, head writer of www.takecountryback.com and Take Country Back Magazine:
"I got the best book I've read in a long time in the mail this week -- Ain't Got No Cigarettes is a wonderful collection of interviews and memories about the life and music of Roger Miller. It's amazing - author Lyle E Style interviewed everyone from Merle, Waylon, Kris, Tompall, Dwight and many many many more!! 300+ pages!!! I am so impressed with it. I love the layout as well -- you can read it straight through or one interview at a time...
It's worth every penny and does great justice to the legacy of country's greatest genius"
Lyle E Style - Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller
from Kathy Coleman
Guide Rating -
The Bottom Line
"There are two things that characterize this book over everything else. One is Mr. Style's truly excellent, well, style, as he draws these memories out of some of the most famous and possibly intimidating people in Nashville and across the country; and secondly, Roger Miller was not only a remarkable genius, he had more people crazy about him than probably anyone else in the world."
Pros - Memoirs from Mickey Newbury, Memoirs from Willie Nelson, Memoirs from Buck Owens
Cons - None.
A solid collection of recollections on the life of Roger Miller by those who knew him best.
Published by Great Plains Publications.
Filled with wonderful anecdotes, jokes, as well as heartbreakingly honest and open stories.
Guide Review - Lyle E Style - Ain't Got No Cigarettes: Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller
"The main thing I come away from in reading this book is that Roger Miller was pretty much universally loved by everyone who came in contact with him. Even those who just met him were charmed by him, or impressed by his intellect, or amused by his wit. The other thing is that it must be a universal truth that genius cannot be boxed in or pushed; invariably, it seems from every story in this book, every time Roger was doing very well it was when he was left on his own to record or film or write the way he wanted to. Any time some producer or executive put the strings on him, he failed spectacularly.
I laughed out loud several times reading this book; I felt a lump in my throat many more times. Here was a guy that absolutely no one disliked, and everyone had such wonderful things to say about him I wished I'd gotten the chance to meet him myself. He was funny, he was articulate, he was brilliant. He wrote songs like "When Two Worlds Collide" and "Husbands and Wives." He voiced a cartoon rooster for Disney so children from my generation and beyond will always know his unique voice. He made us laugh. His music still appears on TV in shows like "The Simpsons" or in commercials (and I think Roger himself would laugh at the use of "Chug-A-Lug" to sell milk). Everyone, and I mean everyone, loved him.
Roger Miller passed away far too young, at the age of 56, in October of 1992, of cancer. He left a gigantic void in country music and in the hearts of a lot of people.