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Tropical Escapes with Jimmy Buffett
September 2008

James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, autor, businessman, and recently a movie producer best known for his "island escapism" lifestyle and music including hits such as "Margaritaville" (No. 234 on the list of "Songs of the Century"), and "Come Monday." He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads." His band is known as the Coral Reefr Band.

Aside from his career in music, Buffett is also a best-selling writer and is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best known songs, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Margaritaville." He owns the Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain and co-developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant concept with OSI Restaurant Partners (parent of Outback Steakhouse), which operates the chain under a licensing agreement with Buffett. -

Swine Not?: A Pig Tale
By: Jimmy Buffett
Best-selling writer Jimmy Buffett weaves an irresistible new tale---filled with colorful characters, wry humor, and the pursuit of a very clever pig.

When Southern belle Ellie McBride moves her twins from Vertigo, Tennessee to New York City, they wouldn't dream of leaving behind the family pig Rumpy. But the posh hotel where Ellie has found work (and living space) has "No Pets" writ large on its portal. So hiding Rumpy from the hotel staff---especially the ultra-carnivorous hotel chef, who would like nothing better than to transform their pet into pork roast---becomes imperative.
A Salty Piece of Land
By: Jimmy Buffett
Also available in large format
Read Chapter One
Review: There's a Condé Nast Traveler article fighting to get out of bestseller Buffett's first new novel in a decade, a groovily laid-back, ramblingly anecdotal, sun-soaked bit of Caribbean escapism that his Parrothead fans will relish like another chorus of "Margaritaville." Tully Mars, a 40-ish ex-cowboy turned guide at the Lost Boys Fishing Lodge island resort, undertakes various sojourns around the Caribbean, to Mayan ruins, a jungle safari camp, a spring break bacchanal in Belize. Nothing much happens—"That day, we spent the rest of the daylight hours on the shallow waters of Ascension Bay and the lagoon amid incredible natural beauty unlike anything I had ever seen before" is about as busy as it gets—except that Tully meets a parade of colorful natives and expatriates, including a Mayan medicine man, a British commando and a 103-year-old woman who skippers a sailing schooner and wants to restore a historic lighthouse on Cayo Loco, the titular island. The characters are all hospitality entrepreneurs, and Buffett (A Pirate Looks at Fifty) also gives them shaggy-dog anecdotes, tidbits of Caribbean history and desultory life lessons to relate. There are glimmers of plot—bounty hunters, loves lost and found—but mostly Tully has little to do but savor the accommodations and atmospherics of tourist locales while the sea washes him with waves of love, happiness and maturity as infallibly as the tides. This book is as cheery and tropical as Buffet's music.
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A Pirate Looks at Fifty
By: Jimmy Buffett
A travel-diary-cum-autobiography, features Buffett behind the wheel of his Grumman Albatross seaplane, safely piloting family and friends through a three-week trip around South and Central America and the Caribbean.
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Review:Parrot heads, take note: Buffett's promised autobiography is here, just in time for our man in the Hawaiian shirt to ruminate about having attained the half-century mark. His earlier Tales from Margaritaville (1989) had autobiographical elements, but this is the straight dope, er, story. Buffett leads a rare and engaging life: he is a pilot--he took up flying "because it is artistic"--a wanderer, a raconteur, a talented wordsmith. Ever the free spirit, he takes us with him to Brazil (not necessarily to do the Amazon, just to look around), Poplarville, Mississippi ("doing time in junior college"), his beloved Caribbean, and South Florida. All along, he drops such pearls as "Water Is My True Religion" and "Been There, Done That, Got That T-shirt"--those two are actual section headings. This is a very enjoyable, notably literate pop-music bio, perfect for perusing while listening to its author's good-timey tunes. Fans will be gratified, and strangers will be surprised, perhaps, by the literary talents of this fine contemporary musician. (Reviewed June 1 & 15, 1998)¾Mike Tribby.  From Booklist, July 1998, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions
By: Jimmy Buffett
A collection of short stories by the singer-songwriter introduces a cast of quirky characters, from a cowboy named Tully Mars to the residents of Heatwave, Alabama.
Where is Joe Merchant?: A Novel Tale
By: Jimmy Buffett
Joe Merchant, of the title, is the missing, presumed dead rock star whose sister Trevor Kane has returned to Florida to enlist her old lover Frank Bama to check out rumors of Merchant's survival. Trevor left Frank, a Vietnam vet who would rather fly than get serious, years ago because he seemed to love his ancient seaplane more than he loved her. Frank's doughty seaplane, however, is just what she needs to go in search of someone named Desdemona, who might be somewhere in the Caribbean. There is a Desdemona, and she does have a psychic link to the missing musician. She's been getting extrasensory messages for months. Also on the trail of Mr. Merchant and Desdemona are trash journalist Rudy Breno and one- armed, archvillainous soldier-of-fortune Colonel Cairo. Colonel Cairo is obsessed with the restoration of his missing arm, a task requiring a missing crystal. Desdemona might know something about that. The searches are Florida-intense, which is to say that there is plenty of time for subplots about Frank's chum who has been blowing up the jet skis that make paradise too noisy, and about a coldblooded killer with eyeballs tattooed on his eyelids.
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Jimmy Buffett: The Man From Margaritaville Revealed
By: Steve Eng
Includes discography (p. 323-340), bibliographical references (p. 341-356), and index.
Review: Eng profiles laid-back crooner and "Waspafarian" extraordinaire Buffett in a book so casual it should come with flip-flops and a faded Hawaiian shirt. He reports how this mellow son of Mobile, Alabama, achieved his comfortable if not exactly overwhelming status in the world of pop music with plenty of day-to-day detail and behind-the-scenes insight. By way of a preface, Eng reproduces two letters, the first from Buffett, asking Eng to drop his plans for this unauthorized bio, for the singer is planning an autobio--when he's 86!--and the other Eng's reply, politely refusing and pledging to concentrate on Buffett's creativity and "literary tastes" rather than his celebrity. Eng is true to his word, and gives us a man who has several creative interests (movies, novels, and essays, besides music) and some serious political involvements. Cheerful, and delightfully including an exhaustive discography, this unauthorized bio well fills the bill until Buffett turns 86. Parrot heads (Buffett fans) should flock. (Reviewed December 1, 1996)¾Mike Tribby  From Booklist, Dec. 1996, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
Author Info: Steve Eng is the author of A Satisfied Mind: The Country Music Life of Porter Wagoner. He lives in Nashville.
Starring: Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman Director: Wil Shriner
Hoot is an adventure story about a boy and his classmates who take on crooked politicians and bumbling cops in the hope of saving endangered, burrowing owls threatened by construction. "Hoot" produced by Frank Marshall and Jimmy Buffett for Walden Media, Buffett also provides excellent original music for the film, along with a role as the surfing marine biology teacher.


  Jimmy Buffett, live at Wrigley Field
Recorded Labor Day weekend, 2005. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers Band perform live at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
1. Piece of Work
2. The Pascagoula Run
3. Hey Good Lookin'
4. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
5. I Will Play for Gumbo
6. Come Monday
7. Last Mango in Paris
8. Woman Goin' Crazy on Caroline Street
9. License to Chill
10. Son of a Son of a Sailor
11. Cheeseburger in Paradise
12. Volcano
13. Brown Eyed Girl
1. Go Cubs Go
2. Why Don't We Get Drunk
3. La Vie Dansante
4. Banana Republics
5. Southern Cross
6. School Boy Heart
7. A Pirate Looks at Forty
8. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
9. The City
10. It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
11. One Particular Harbour
12. Margaritaville
13. Fins
14. Scarlet Begonias
15. City of New Orleans
  Jimmy Buffett Live in Hawaii
Recorded live at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu on January 28, 2004 and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii on January 30, 2004. "Live In Hawaii" is a two CD set with 29 tracks as well as a bonus DVD containing 16 minutes of exclusive footage from the shows. Guest artists include Martin Denny, Henry Kopono and an introduction from legend, Don Ho.
Introduction by Don Ho
Great heart
Coconut telegraph
Gypsies in the palace
In the shelter
Burn that bridge
Son of a son of a sailor
Come Monday
Natives are restless tonight
Grapefruit juicy fruit
It's five o'clock somewhere
One particular harbour
Cheeseburger in paradise
We are the people our parents warned us about
Quiet village (with Martin Denny).
The Tiki Bar is open
Everybody's talkin'
Why don't we get drunk
Jolly mon
It's my job
Boat drinks
Far side of the world
A pirate looks at forty
Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
Volcano (with Henry Kapono)
Fins -- Back to the island (with Henry Kapono)
Stories we could tell.
  Meet me in Margaritaville
After releasing 33 albums, mounting grueling annual tours, and fashioning an entire industry and lifestyle out of his signature song "Margaritaville," Buffett trots out this two-CD collection. Yet, Meet Me in Magaritaville, which spans 30 years, isn't merely a retread of his long, storied career. Buffett has written two new songs for the package and re-recorded six alternative versions of fan favorites.
1. Margaritaville
2. Migration
3. Growing Older But Not Up
4. Holiday (Live/New Recording)
5. Come Monday
6. Fruitcakes
7. We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
8. Cheeseburger In Paradise
9. Jolly Mon Sing
10. The Pascagoula Run (Live/New Recording)
11. Tin Cup Chalice
12. Pencil Thin Moustache
13. Grapefruit/Juicy Fruit
14. Coconut Telegraph
15. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
16. Last Mango In Paris
17. Fins
18. Why Don't We Get Drunk
19. Brown Eyed Girl
20. One Particular Harbour
1. School Boy Heart
2. Everybody's Talkin' (New!)
3. Volcano
4. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (New Recording)
5. Take Another Road
6. Knees Of My Heart (New Recording)
7. In The Shelter (New Recording)
8. Havana Daydreamin'
9. Desperation Samba (Haloween In Tijuana)(Live/New Recording)
10. Barefoot Children
11. Saxophones (New Recording)
12. Cowboy In The Jungle
13. He Went To Paris (New Recording)
14. Creola
15. Bob Robert's Society Band
16. A Pirate Looks At Forty (Live/New Recording)
17. Sail On Sailor (New)
18. The Captain And The Kid (New Recording)

  Banana Wind
Only time will tell
Jamaica mistaica
School boy heart
Banana wind
Bob Robert's society band
Desdemona's building a rocket ship
Mental floss
Cultural infidel
Happily ever after (now and then)
False echoes
Everybody's got a cousin in Miami
Lone palm
Six string music
Uncle John's band
Love in the library
Quietly making noise
Frenchman for the night
Sunny afternoon
Vampires, mummies and the holy ghost
She's got you
Delaney talks to statues

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
Wonder why we ever go home
Banana republics
Tampico trauma
Lovely cruise
In the shelter
Miss you so badly

  License to Chill
1. Hey Good Lookin' (with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait)
2. Boats To Build (with Alan Jackson)
3. License To Chill (with Kenny Chesney)
4. Coast Of Carolina
5. Piece Of Work (with Toby Keith)
6. Anything, Anytime, Anywhere
7. Trip Around The Sun (with Martina McBride)
8. Simply Complicated
9. Coastal Confessions
10. Sea Of Heartbreak (with George Strait)
11. Conky Tonkin' (with Clint Black)
12. Playin' The Loser Again (with Bill Withers)
13. Window On The World
14. Someone I Used To Love (with Nanci Griffith)
15. Scarlet Begonias
16. Back To The Island




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