Hank Williams by Colin Escott
Snapshots From The Lost Highway

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He was twenty-nine years old and had recorded just eighty sessions when he died on New Year's Day 1953. Yet those songs—“Hey Good Lookin'," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"-made Hank Williams the most influential country musician ever. He is the essential pre-Elvis performer, molding American music into a new art form, and creating descendants that range from Garth Brooks to Beck. But for all that his music reveals, we know remarkably little of the man himself. His formal interviews barely filled a page, and even those who claimed him as a friend admit they barely knew him. Hank Williams fans, devoted and avid, have been cherishing the same few Hank pictures and reminiscences for decades. Now this book will reveal a previously unseen wealth of photographs, letters, interviews, and the handwritten lyrics to twenty-nine newly discovered songs in a beautifully designed tribute. Arranged chronologically and enhanced by testimonials from Hank's family, friends, and the musicians he inspired, Hank Williams is a revelation.
 

About Colin Escott

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Colin Escott is an award-winning music historian and the author of four books, among them Hank Williams: The Biography and Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in Nashville. Kira Florita is the VP of Marketing for Lost Highway Records. Together with Colin Escott and the Country Music Foundation, she co-produced the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams boxed set in 1998, which won two Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville.
 
Published October 1, 2001 by Da Capo Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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When Hank Williams died in the backseat of a car at age 29, he left behind grieving fans, friends and family, as well as eight guns, eight pairs of boots, 11 hats and a saddle. Hank Williams: Snaps

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When Hank Williams died in the backseat of a car at age 29, he left behind grieving fans, friends and family, as well as eight guns, eight pairs of boots, 11 hats and a saddle.

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It is the intention of The Complete Hank Williams — 10 CDs, 225 songs, 53 of them previously unissued, in a handsome package with frequently superlative, reported liner notes by Williams scholar Colin Escott — to convince us that Williams' genius extended beyond his hits and to reintroduce th...

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Rick Bragg's foreword pays a salty tribute to Williams and bemoans today's country stars, who sing ''pop music in snap pearl buttons.'' But most valuable are the yellowed sheets of unpublished handwritten lyrics, like the scrap found on the floor of the car that carried him to his death: ''We met...

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