The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour - Liam Clancy
This is a wonderful autobiography, frank and personal, lively and funny, giving due space to the show business world that made the author famous but rarely simply namedropping -- I found the portraits of the people I'd heard of just as vivid as those I hadn't. Liam Clancy depicts two cultures, the rigid, small-town Ireland of his youth, and the turbulent cities of America in the fifties and sixties, and his own mental, moral, and artistic development, as he changes to someone his mother barely recognizes. Sometimes serious, often exhilarating, this book can be recommended to far more people than just folk music fans.