A Glen Campbell Reader

Glen Campbell died yesterday at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s, leaving behind an enduring legacy of songsfilms, and—you guessed it—books. Below, six titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, that shed light on the entertainer’s long and bumpy life.


The Cake and the Rain, by Jimmy Webb

Campbell and Webb maintained a lifelong friendship long after the former performed the latter’s compositions, like “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.”


The Glen Campbell Story, by Freda Kramer

This 1970 biography pays special attention to Campbell’s struggles with alcohol and cocaine.









Life with my Father Glen Campbell, by Debby Campbell

Campbell’s daughter’s memoir details the difficulties and triumphs inherent in her parentage.


Nashville Wives, by Nancy Jones and Tom Carter

Campbell’s spouse, Kim, dished on her marriage long before her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.









Nickel Dreams, by Tanya Tucker and Patsi Bale

Tucker and Campbell had a well-publicized affair in the 1970s; the country star spills the beans here.


Rhinestone Cowboy, by Glen Campbell

A tell-all straight from the mouth of the source (with help from a co-writer).





About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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