OFFSTAGE: Kristofferson Says Nashville Saved His Life

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In the September issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine, Kris Kristofferson talks about his life before Nashville (Rhodes scholarship to the University of Oxford, Army captain and aspiring songwriter) and the turn of events after arriving in Nashville. "I think if it hadn't been for Nashville, I would've ended up going to Vietnam, because I'd been in the Army. I was definitely not doing what I thought I was supposed to do. And I think I probably would've ended up a hopeless alcoholic or something," he says after proclaiming that Nashville saved his life. He wasn't an overnight success, though. The article talks of his lean years, when he had to work as a janitor at Columbia Studios. But ever the optimist, Kristofferson recalls seeing the good in that job. "Yes, I was sweeping floors and emptying ashtrays. But I was emptying George Jones' ashtrays," Kristofferson says. "And sweeping the floor after Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash recorded."

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