A new book by author Lloyd Sachs offers a critical appreciation of T Bone Burnett and his influence on American music and culture. A Life In Pursuit explores Burnett’s work as producer of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and Raising Sand, the multiple Grammy Award-winning album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. It also delves into Burnett as a singer-songwriter and his advocacy for analog sound.
The book ventures through Burnett’s early days as a member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and then to his recent work with the TV shows Nashville and True Detective, and his production of the all-star album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.
Sachs is a nationally known voice on pop music and jazz for publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Washington Post to Village Voice and USA Today. He was a longtime music columnist and award-winning editorial writer at the Chicago Sun-Times and a senior editor at No Depression.