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A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musician Series) Paperback – November 15, 2009
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"A Deeper Blue ... gives fascinating insight into what inspired this sweet‑singing, tortured genius and what inevitably brought him down. His songs stirred the soul and seemed to well from its darkest depths. He became the patron saint of many a Texas songwriter in his day and will continue to inspire for generations to come. Save a tear for Townes. You'll need it." -- Joe Ely
"Hardy delineates the musician's chaotic life in honest, often dramatic detail, but always brings the attention and focus back to Van Zandt's music and the classic songs he penned.... Steering through the myths and legends, the author depicts a troubled individual and gifted artist who inspired many singers and songwriters in the alternative country scene." -- Billboard
"Hardy's sparkling new biography of the tragic, magic life of Townes Van Zandt is a must‑read for anyone who loves music or likes to raise hell. A Deeper Blue demonstrates why Van Zandt has become Texas' version of Mozart, Van Gogh, and Hank Williams all rolled up into one brilliant and beautiful burrito." -- Kinky Friedman
"Honest, unbiased look at the troubled career and existence of one of America's greatest songwriters.... A poignant, clear and vivid portrait." -- Kirkus Reviews
Hardy's book carefully documents many of the facets of this gem of a life. His love for the music shines through, just as the spirit of Townes shines through each song." -- Kathleen Hudson, founder of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"The author talked to many, many people who knew Townes. His work offers a wealth of anecdotes and information." ‑ Louis Black, editor of the Austin Chronicle and executive producer of Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I do have one major gripe with the author. After establishing from the beginning of the book that Townes wanted the meaning of his songs to be interpreted by the listener, that they could mean different things to different people (which is what good poetry should do), Hardy goes on to give these readings of the song that border on pompous. He doesn't say, "this is my view of the song," he says "this is what townes was saying when he wrote it," and nine times out of ten this isn't based on anything. The book was well researched, but rarely did townes ever come out and say, "this is what this line means," so i think it is pretty audacious of the author to presume he is the authority on how to read into his lyrics. The book is still worth reading, but whenever the song interpretations came in I would get very annoyed and sometimes have to skip those sections.
Like John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, that guy from Alice In Chains and that other guy from Joy Division...
There were things I wanted to know, such as in, "Snow Don't Fall"? Who was the murdered girlfriend? Or, who yanked the gold tooth out of his head with a household pliers?
Another thing, who thinks that his third wife was a greedy, low-life skank of a critter who bilked him out of everything he had?
This is a courageous effort to tell the story as true as it was and still is. I think Robert Earl Hardy did his job very well. He lays the story down with honesty and heart.
I'd rather have it more real than we've got, and if the truth be told I'd rather that than not.