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Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music

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  • Posted July 19, 2009


    I knew nothing about the Carter's when I started this book. The author did a good job of keeping the facts simple and clear, and described the family very well. After I finished, of course I had to read a book about Johnny Cash, which added to my appreciation of the Carter's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    A Journey Into Roots Music

    Will You Miss Me When I¿m Gone? is an excellent biography of the original Carter Family. The author draws excellent portraits of the dreaming A .P. Carter, his tragic wife Sara, and stalwart sister-in-law Maybelle. The book is filled with anecdotes funny and sad of the hard mountain life they lived and the early days of popular music and border radio. It also tells the personal price they and their families paid for fame. Many icons of country music appear in these pages. We meet the self-destructive Hank Williams, the pioneer executive Ralph Peer, the dying Jimmie Rogers, the young Chet Atkins, and the brooding Johnny Cash. Vintage photos of the Carters and friends add to the book. If you have listened to the original Will The Circle Be Unbroken album and wondered who Mother Maybelle Carter was, this book will open your eyes. It¿s a must read for fans of old-time country and folk music and those interested in the mountain way of life. I only wish a discography of Carter recordings and CDs had been included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    A 'must read' for the real country music fan.

    This book gives a dymanic look into the true country music story and just what country music realy is. In light of the way 'country music' is presented these days, it was refreshing to read. The Carter family and those associated with them through the years are the legitimate country artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002


    This is one of the best books, hands down, that I have ever read (on any topic) and I read a lot. The book is full of country music history and even the non-country fan will find the story of The Carter Family to be powerful and spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the second half of the book which concentrated on the career of the "young" Carter Family, also known as Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters. Johnny Cash did a lot for this group (as they did for him). Unfortunately a lot of Nashville "historians" have written these four ladies off as being nothing more than Johnny's backing group. This book reminds us all that the group had been an important force in Country Music for 20 years BEFORE they started working with Cash. My point is this...I'm glad Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters got some part of the recognition long overdue them in this book. They should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    Great Look At The Carter Family

    The author has done a great job of research into the Carter family history and presents a great story. If you are a long time country music fan this is a must read. The impact of the Carter Family on music has been lasting throughout the years. A very good read.

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