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Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins (Music in American Life) Hardcover – February 10, 2012
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"A detailed account of the life and career of country music superstar Marty Robbins. Anyone interested in Robbins or the country music world of his long era will enjoy Diane Diekman's refreshing, compelling narrative."
--Ronnie Pugh, author of Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour
"A top country & western artist who crossed over to the pop charts, Marty Robbins deserves this well-written, well-researched account of his life and music. Diekman's expert history is a welcome addition to the oeuvre of classic country music biography."
--Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry
"Diekman propels the narrative with impressive detail and energy, leaving the reader with an impression that can only echo the admiration and respect of those who knew him."--The Austin Chronicle
"In her excellent new, 2012 biography, Diane Diekman explores the personal, more nuanced side of this unique and gifted talent and explains how he was painfully shy by nature."--American Cowboy
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I purchased one of his greatest hits CDs here on Amazon, and needless to say, I was truly impressed at how talented and versatile this man was. He was crossing over into the pop charts way before anyone else was with songs like "A White Sport Coat" and the above mentioned "El Paso". I recently watched an interview with Marty Robbins where he stated that he never really arranged many songs in a country style. That seems to be just where people wanted to place him. But Marty Robbins was beyond a country and western singer. He was a singer period. Just take a listen to the album "Marty after Midnight". It is pure jazz greatness and is just a slice of this man's vocal prowess.
I had scoured the internet after being introduced to Marty for anything I could find on him. After buying the CD, I soon bought the "Essential" CD collection as well as the "Legendary Performances" and "Marty Robbins Anthology" DVDs. I must say he has become my all time favorite vocalist. While searching the internet for Marty stuff, my goal was to find a biography about the man. Sadly, my search came up short as the only thing available was the large bibliography "Marty Robbins: Fast Cars and Country Music" and "Some Memories: Growing up with Marty Robbins" which was a book co-written by Marty's twin sister before she passed. This wasn't enough for me, as I wanted a volume dedicated to the man's life. A definitive biography of this legendary entertainer.
Diane Diekman has done just that. She has crafted one of the best biographies out there. This book is exhaustive and covers every aspect of Marty Robbins life. From his birth in Arizona to his untimely death at the age of 57 in Nashville, Tn. It is filled with recollections from his children, his siblings, peers, band members and Marty himself. This book leaves no stone unturned and gives you an overall picture of Marty without pulling any punches.
Mr. Teardrop deserves this biography and so do his fans. I highly recommend this book and cannot put it down.
I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
...." MUSIC IS LIFE .... LIFE IS MUSIC ".....
he encountered as an entertainer. I also enjoyed the fact that this author can write a great book without using profane language.
It can be done and done in a wonderful manner. The book is highly recommended. (I'm looking for other books by this author.)