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The Resource Hank Williams : the biography, Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen

Hank Williams : the biography, Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen

Label
Hank Williams : the biography
Title
Hank Williams
Title remainder
the biography
Statement of responsibility
Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • His recording career lasted only six years, his spell at the top of his profession barely four, and he was only twenty-nine when a life of excess caught up with him. But in that brief span, Hank Williams created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. Songs like "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Jambalaya" sold millions, crossed over from the country to the pop charts, and became the model for all country music that followed. But by the time
  • of his death, Hank had drunk and drugged and philandered his way through two messy marriages and out of his headline spot on the Grand Ole Opry. Even though he was country's top seller, toward the end he was so famously unreliable that he was lucky to get a booking in a beer hall. Drawing on years of impeccable research and powerful first-person accounts to create the most full-blooded portrait of Williams ever, Hank Williams: The Biography is a masterful account of Hank
  • Williams's stunning rise and spectacular decline. It discards the myths to reveal a driven, disorderly life, one that swung between unimaginable success and unutterable miseries. He was raised by a woman who alternately lavished affection on him and made unreasonable demands. His impoverished childhood sent him onto the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, to earn money first by selling peanuts, later by singing. He left behind a stormy home life for an even stormier marriage
  • to a would-be singer who grew increasingly embittered by Hank's success - and by his drinking and endless touring. That marriage ended in a nasty divorce, and the next began in a media circus, a public wedding in an auditorium with spectators paying to watch. Just weeks after his second marriage, his life spiraled out of control, finally leaving Hank dead in the backseat of his Cadillac on New Year's Day 1953. This biography unfolds Williams's life and times in telling
  • detail, with extraordinary attention to the music that is his legacy. It also reveals much that was previously unknown or hidden about Hank Williams's life, including his songwriting collaborations, his crippling degenerative illness, and the first full account of his final journey. In trying to conjure up something that would sell a few records, Hank Williams laid bare his soul and defined the vernacular of contemporary country music. The generations of fans who have
  • loved that music will find here a compelling and accurate portrait that will stand as the definitive biography
Cataloging source
JBW
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • discographies
Label
Hank Williams : the biography, Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-270), discography (pages [271]-289), and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm32992940
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 307 pages
Isbn
9780316249386
Lccn
93048092
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32992940
  • (Sirsi) a574949
Label
Hank Williams : the biography, Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-270), discography (pages [271]-289), and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm32992940
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 307 pages
Isbn
9780316249386
Lccn
93048092
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32992940
  • (Sirsi) a574949

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