Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.
After he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams?a frail, flawed man who had become country music’s most compelling and popular star?instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights in the postwar era with simple songs of heartache and sta...more
Watch this poor boy from south Alabama rise to conquer Nashville and influence both country and pop music. Read of the “no-holds-barred” episodes of Hank’s life from birth, as a teen-age singer, through his marriages, his illnesses and addictions. Understand what drove him to music heights and ultimately drove him to his early death.
Throughout are the stories of the songs – both written and sung. Witness how Hank gains i ...more
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Through the late 1940s, and early 1950s, Williams charted dozens of top 10 songs on the country chart, just as the music was starting to be appreciated outside of its hillbilly roots. He did this without sacrificing his 'white-trash' country ...more
Hank the man, however, was a train wreck almost from the beginning. And that is what makes reading this book difficult because you've got a front row seat to his self-destructive behavior and his eventual falling completely off the cliff, months before he actually died.
It's painful thing to be a witness to, not only because Hank seemed to just be one of those people who ...more
Born of a grasping mother and an impair ...more