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Hank Williams: The Biography Paperback – April 13, 2004
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There was a lot of interesting detail in the book, sometimes too much info for my taste. Mr. Escott went into exhausting detail giving the background of practically every soul Hank ever met. Mr. Escott appears to strongly dislike Roy Acuff, which I found interesting, since the icon of country music has always been portrayed as a virtual saint. That said, Mr. Escott's descriptions of what would have most likely become of Hank and his career had he lived were very interesting, and probably true.
I wish Hank, Jr. could have known his father, it was obvious that Hank loved him, but addictions and circumstance kept them apart.
I'll listen to Hank's music with a much deeper knowledge of the pain that influenced his songs.
Colin Escott's biography is less sentimental and more sensationalized than Roger Williams', but is it really more detailed? After all, you can only get so much material within a given number of pages. Nevertheless, every time you re-read this book, you pick up facts and suggestions you never noticed before.
Of course, this is necessarily true with such a complex man, a genius in his field, and whose life and death were mysterious.
My favorite anecdote concerning Hank is missing from both books and is related by his steel guitarist, Don Helms: Once, playing an outdoor venue, it began to rain on Hank and his band. Hank and the band retreated to a covered stage area, where they continued the show. Looking over the audience, who were getting soaked, Hank had compassion on his musical followers, and returned to the rain. "If you're good enough to listen to me in the rain, I'm good enough to play for you in the rain!" And he did.
There you have it--a man with godlike qualities but yet a complete lack of pretense and who cared for his listeners like no one ever has. This is why you should pick up a copy of this for yourself and a copy to pass down to your grandchildren. We should never let this man's memory die.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. Colin does not sweeten the story in anyway, and just writes the facts as he knows them. Excellent history, and not a boring read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leigh W Cole
detailed, intimate and compelling look at the greatest country singer of all time!Published 6 months ago by sandy wells
Colin Escott does a tremendous job discussing the myths surrounding Hank and detailing where they do and don't stand up to scrutiny. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HH
Hank Williams a bigger than life hero of mine. The greatest singer- song writer ever---bar none'' Colin has probably did the best job of telling his storyPublished 10 months ago by Charles Yerby
Great book on the legend of Hank Williams. It will make you realize that Hank was surrounded by people that only cared about his money, and not him.Published 11 months ago by Denzil Agin, Jr.
Like any other "biography", there , no doubts, some truths and some not so truths. However, it is well written and I did enjoy it.Published 11 months ago by linda. dixson