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Family Tradition - Three Generations of Hank Williams [Kindle Edition]

Susan Masino
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Book Description

(Book). Covering three generations of Hank Williams, Family Tradition is both unique and vast in scope. Beginning in the present day with Hank III who gave the author unprecedented access and time-traveling across the years, this examines just what kind of rebel mojo inspired this crazed family of country music, from Hank Sr. often regarded as one of the most influential of American musicians to Hank Jr., to this year's model, Hank III, who has somehow found a way to reconcile his legacy's deep-rooted twang and high-lonesome sound with particularly searing strains of punk and heavy metal, launching an all-out war with traditional Nashville in the process. (a href="" target="_blank")Listen to Susan Masino live at Book Expo America on the BEA Podcast.(/a)

Editorial Reviews


"...Athough there are plenty of Hank Williams bios, [Family Traditions] isn't supererogatory. Rather than analyze Hank's music, Masino relates what he did when and who with. No one before her has made Hank's everyday reality so apparent, including all the time (i.e., most of the time) that he wasn't drunk." --Booklist

"[Susan Masino] does a nice job in her swift 256-page reader. Masino picks up on the striking tragedy of each Hank (from Hank Sr.'s destructive addiction to Hank Jr.'s near-fatal mountain fall to Hank III's admission of being molested by a relative), and she easily segues from Hank to Hank with fluid transitions that trace the family lineage....This is a fine introductory read on the Hank Williams legacy...." --Library Journal Xpress Review

About the Author

Susan Masino is the author of Let There Be Rock -The Story of AC/DC, which is now published in ten languages. Susan has been a rock journalist for over thirty years. She also teaches a continuing education program on the History of Rock and Roll for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Susan appears in the Van Halen DVD, The Early Years.

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  • File Size: 1221 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083V47FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first book to address all 3 Hanks (Hank Sr., Hank Jr. & Hank III) collectively, in just one book. The author did a fantastic job of telling the story of all three Hanks. In the book's introduction the author writes about the movie "Your Cheatin' Heart - The Hank Williams Story", and in this book the author separates fact from fiction. Amazon has this movie "Your Cheatin' Heart" available on DVD, and personally as a reviewer, I highly recommend it. Although not completely true to life, it is still the closest portrayal of the Hank Williams Sr. story available. Also in the "Intro", the author gives a brief introduction of Hank Sr., Hank Jr. & Hank III. This book is packed with information on all three Hanks. As the author states in this "Intro": "Within these pages you will find the real story of the legacy of Hank Williams Sr., Hank Jr. and Hank III, three generations of outlaws, whose songs have shaped and battled - country music for over sixty years." (Actually, I believe they have baffled country music for a lot more than sixty years.)


This book starts off with the original Hank Williams, (Hank Sr.). The author, Susan Masino, brings new insights into the Hank Sr. story. Things such as Hank developed a drinking problem early on in his career, and he was fired from his first professional performing job on WSFA Radio Station in Montgomery. However, he was so popular, that WSFA re-hired him. As this author points out, along with other authors, Hank Sr. was born with a back problem in his spine, called "spina bifida occulta".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine talents, full of troubles and family tensions... August 19, 2011
The three Hanks certainly deserve to be profiled in books. Hank Sr. has been the subject of a couple, and Hank Jr. wrote an autobiography, but this is the first one to feature Shelton, and he frankly comes off as a very worthy Williams. Hank Sr., the genius writer of "Cold, Cold Heart" and so many other enduring songs from the '40's and very early '50's, died at 29, leaving Hank Jr. as a toddler. Junior's mom, Audrey, put him out on stage at the earliest realistic age, to do his father's material...for more years than were healthy for the younger Hank. He had to fight to go his own way as an adult singer, and went on to a fine career. Along that path, he fell off a mountain, had a son named Shelton, and several divorces. Just as Hank Sr. wasn't there to raise Junior, Hank Jr. was not much of a presence in the younger life of Hank III. One consequence of that is that Hank III was a victim of sexual molestation for several years at the hands of a maternal great-uncle. All three men have had substance abuse problems, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with women, and obstacles to being good dads. Hank III, now 39, has a son who is now 20 who wasn't much in his life until recently. Hank III has not had much commercial success as a singer, but I have his first three full albums, and my, he has talent. His songs are more raucous than those of his dad or grandad, and are full of profanity. He does, in addition to drinking, drugging and screwing songs in the country mode, a lot of punk/metal work. But I have listened to Hank Sr.'s work now for more than 50 years, and Hank Jr.'s for 30 years, and Hank III for three years. Each is really his own man, yet the kinship of one to another is evident as well. It is too bad that III and Jr. do not seem close at this time. Read more ›
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't help being Hank July 23, 2011
This is an interesting biography, in that it covers the 3 Hank Williams - the original, and Hank Jr. and Shelton Hank Williams III. There are quotes from all three and interviews from the later two. Twelve pages of both colour and black and white pictures are included along with a discography of the 3 men, relevant websites and an index.

Hank III is the most vocal voice, about his music, his family and most of all the exclusion of Hank Sr. from the Grand Ole Opry'. Almost 100 pages of the 226 are devoted to Hank Williams Sr, his personal life and his career; but that does not mean that the other two Hanks are forgotten. We learn of Hank Sr.' s growth as a performer and his near fatal fall climbing Ajax Mountain in Montana and his recovery - a real rebirth both professionally and physically.
Hank III speaks very frankly about his personal life and his music, his opinions of the country music scene and his family are frank. None of the problems of these three talented musicians are glossed over, nor are the details of their professional life, their loves, successes and disappointments

This is a book that would interest fans of any of the Hank Williams' family or even those of country music in general.
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Family Tradition- Three Generations of Hank = 3 generations of Awesome Outlaw Country Music; and 5 Stars for a book well written by Susan Masino! I grew up listening to my grandparents in Tennessee listening to Hank Williams; and my Dad would listen to hank Sr. on the radio also when I was in my teens. But when I got older; Hank Jr. came out with his Southern Rock/ Country Rock music and I was hooked. I still listen to his music today. A young kid I work with turned me onto Hank III; and it seems he also is continuing the Family Tradition. Susan Masino had managed to capture the background and the Family history here in this book. You read about the Highs and the Lows of the Williams clan; conflicts and some dysfunctional issues that molded these Artist to what they are today. I liked this book so well; I'm thinking of ordering Susan Masino's book she wrote about AC/DC. So to round it all up; "Move It On Over" and read this 5 Star book about the 3 Hank's; you will enjoy it very much so!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Family
I enjoyed this book , Believe anyone would that loves Hank Williams,or His son Hank Williams Jr, which I did!
Published 5 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Hank Williams family music. It was an extremely interesting read as I grew up listening to father and son. Read more
Published 8 months ago by sandra0817
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tradition - Three Generations Of Hank Williams
This is just what my husband wanted. It is a great book and in great condition, too. Loves it alot.
Published 12 months ago by Teresa True
5.0 out of 5 stars Hank Book.
I loved this book, because it had a lot of information about all the Williams family. I will always have a special place in my heart for them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by srjones45
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fan
I not the biggest jr fan ever but I love SR and three has had a few good albums too. (anything including and prior to "Straight to Hell")... This book is a great book... Read more
Published 22 months ago by TBDubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Tells the story of the hanks and brings back lots of memories. Couldn't put it down :) must read this great book!
Published 24 months ago by Tiffanyleigha
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
I am so happy to receive this book! It has everything I had hoped for and MORE! The books were sent on time and in great shape!
Published on February 12, 2012 by kellyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tradition Three Generations of Hank Williams
I thought it was a wonderful autobiography of the 3 Hank Williams. I did find some minor errors but if your a true fan you'll still find the book wonderful.
Published on November 10, 2011 by Lisa4172
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride and a great read!
"Family Tradition" was such a fun ride, a really enjoyable read, and the pics were great, too! I listened to Hank Williams Sr. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by mnlaura1
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