The life and times of a legend. Thoroughly researched and impeccably accurate, this exhaustive 28-year effort began with an interview with Free in 1980 and countless interviews thereafter with those who knew and loved him. A bland historical narrative, this isn’t. The author was so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of submissions and material he received after Free’s passing, he chose to let the story tell itself. It’s also the reason why this book took so long to write. The result is a life story that reads as if Free himself, with the help of his contemporaries, is telling it on his own. Contains many never-before-seen photographs and a bonus CD recording of the original 2-hour interview (!). By Jerry Hatfield. Hardbound, 9"×12", 192 pp., b/w illus.