Hank Hung the Moon: And Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts

Hank Hung the Moon: And Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts

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by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
     
 

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The dark story of America's Pulitzer Prize—winning hillbilly singer has been told often and well, but always with sad country fiddles wailing. This latest Hank Williams paean will make readers laugh as well as cry. Hank hung the moon and left his fans behind to admire it. He transformed the musical landscape, as well as the heavens, with his genius. And that's

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The dark story of America's Pulitzer Prize—winning hillbilly singer has been told often and well, but always with sad country fiddles wailing. This latest Hank Williams paean will make readers laugh as well as cry. Hank hung the moon and left his fans behind to admire it. He transformed the musical landscape, as well as the heavens, with his genius. And that's a good thing.

More a musical memoir than a biography, Hank Hung the Moon is the author's evocative personal stories of '50s and '60s musical staples—elementary-school rhythm bands, British Invasion rock concerts, and tearjerker movie musicals. It was a simpler time when Hank roamed the earth. The book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and five-cent Cokes. Hank provides the soundtrack and wisdom for this Last Picture Show of a book.

A Cajun girl learns to understand English by listening to Hank on the radio. A Hank impersonator works by day at a prison but by night makes good use of his college degree in country music. Hank's lost daughter, Jett, devotes her life to embracing the father she never knew. A newly minted recording artist buys a belt from Hank himself at a Nashville store that country's first superstar bought to pacify a nagging wife.

Finally, here are stories readers haven't heard a thousand times before about people—some famous, some not—who loved Hank. This lively little book uses Hank as a metaphor for life. Readers will tap their toes and demand an encore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588382849
Publisher:
NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has won numerous awards while reporting for United Press International, the Commercial Appeal (Memphis), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of other regional newspapers. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. In 1986, she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson's column appears in approximately fifty newspapers nationwide.

A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, studied journalism at Auburn University, and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. She lives in Iuka, Mississippi.

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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Atlanta, Georgia- Growing up in the south there are some things you simply can not get away from and one of those is the sounds of Hank Williams. In Hank Hung the Mood by Rheta Grimsley Johnson delves into this larger than life figure who life was cut too short. What makes this book more interesting is not all the tidbits of Hank Williams trivia but the odyssey that Rheta makes in rediscovering her roots. She speaks to love, lost love, and new love as she intertwines with the wild characters of her life. This book also captures some of the southern charm that mystifies those in the north but those in the south hold true. As a newspaper reporter Rheta has been able to experience a wide range of events that resonate with the sharing of the southern cultural spirit. Hank Hung the Mood is a touching memoir and is a definite joy to read. I only wish it came with an accompanied CD so that the sounds of Hank Williams could mute the outside world and bring to life the southern grace that we in the south love. Book Facts: Hank Hung the Mood by Rheta Grimsley Johnson 2012 New South Books 192 pp ISBN: 978-1-58838-284-9 - $24.95 Ebook: ISBN: 978-1-60306-118-6 -- $9.99