|Motel Chronicles. With
Photographs by Johnny Dark.
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1982. 143 p.
Crónicas de motel. Barcelona: Editorial
Crónicas de motel, L & PM, 1982
Motel Chronicles (French). Trans. with a preface by
Paris: Christian Bourgeois Editeur, 1985. 159 p.
Motel Chronicles and Hawk Moon. London: Faber and Faber,
Motel Chronicles, L'avventura, Feltrinelli, 1986
Motelski zapisi, (Croatian) areni dućan, 2002
Motelové kroniky, (Czech) Maťa, 2009
Motel Chronicles. Italy, Il Saggiatore, March 24,
2016, Kindle edition.
"Motel Chronicles" reveals the
fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man
behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a live
legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life
birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena
and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand,
waiter, rock musician, dramatist, and film actor. Scenes
from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions,
and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas,
winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film
"A scrapbook of short stories, autobiographical
reveries, poetry and photographs, Motel Chronicles is
full of verbal delights, as well as insights into it's
author's entire canon."
"If plays were put in time capsules, future generations
would get a sharp-toothed profile of life in the U.S. in
the past decade and half from the works of Sam Shepard."