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When George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her Today" more than thirty years ago, he was a walking disaster. Twin addictions to drugs and alcohol had him drinking Jim Beam by the case and snorting cocaine as long as he was awake. Before it was over, Jones would be bankrupt, homeless, and an unwilling patient at an Alabama mental institution. In the midst of all this cha ...more
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by University Press of Mississippi
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Amanda
Not having heard this song before, I didn't quite know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. The author didn't spend too much time on George Jones unless it has to do with the song's context. The creation of the song was interesting and I appreciated that the author was willing to say that commercialism had as much to do with the song selection as the content. The one thing I did find grating was the author's voice at times. The folksy, in on the joke style got to me by the end, but th ...more
Pam
When I saw that a book had been written on the creation of the George Jones hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" I knew I had to read it. I love to listen to Jones and that happens to be one of my favorite songs. I thought the book would be a lot of fluff and talk about George Jones. I was wrong. This book by Jack Isenhour was well researched and I came away with a new appreciation for the music industry. I had always thought that the artist, musicians and back up singers showed up at the studio an ...more
Curtis Edmonds
George Jones is dead and I'm not feeling too good myself, but this is a great book and you should read it anyway. It is primarily a debunker's guide to country music, whose thesis is that the threat posed to traditional country music by the legendary "Nashville Sound" is all a bunch of hokum, and that the most well-loved depressing country song (note that I don't say the MOST depressing country song ever) has more to do with the "Nashville Sound" that you ever realized. This is a scholarly work, ...more
Phil Overeem
One might doubt if a decent BOOK could be written about a single song. Well, Isenhour succeeds here. Plus, rather than being too academic, he employs a pleasantly demotic, wise-cracking voice as he takes us through the push-and-pull between commercialism and art (a set up for thinking about the strings and backup vox on the song, and the very calculated designing of the song and performance for sales), the tricky business of authenticity, the artistry of Billy Sherrill and the Nashville studio p ...more
Mscout
Not a bad story, and not poorly written, but really more suitable to an extended essay rather than a full-fledged book. Outside of details from the recording sessions, there's really nothing spectacularly new here. If you are a fan of George Jones or country music (as if that isn't redundant) you will surely enjoy this story.

*I received my copy free from the publisher.
Robert Gowan
I've read a lot of books about the music business. This is one of the best. Warts and all. Great insight into a great song and a legendary artist.
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