Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway

Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway

by Colin Escott, Kira Florita
     
 

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A stunning gift book and indispensable collector's item, now available in paperback.
He was just twenty-nine years old and had beena recording artist for less than six years when he died on New Year's Day 1953. Yet the songs Hank Williams left behind-including "I Saw the Light," "Cold Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart"-transformed him into a legend whose influence

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A stunning gift book and indispensable collector's item, now available in paperback.
He was just twenty-nine years old and had beena recording artist for less than six years when he died on New Year's Day 1953. Yet the songs Hank Williams left behind-including "I Saw the Light," "Cold Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart"-transformed him into a legend whose influence is felt as strongly today as ever. But for all that Hank Williams's music seems to reveal, his fans have been given remarkably little of the man himself. Now Colin Escott and Kira Florita present a previously undiscovered wealth of private family snapshots, letters, unpublished interviews, and other ephemera-including his final lyric, found in the backseat of the car where he died. Most extraordinary, though, are the previously unseen handwritten lyrics-almost thirty songs altogether. In paperback for the first time, this is a windfall of memorabilia for his fans everywhere.
"An amazing slice of music Americana....This haunting volume has the jarring effect of a train wreck: You simply can't look away. Country artist Marty Stuart provides a fascinating introduction."
-Nashville Scene

Author Biography: Colin Escott is an award-winning music historian and the author of four books, among them Hank Williams: The Biography and Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in Nashville. Kira Florita is the VP of Marketing for Lost Highway Records. Together with Colin Escott and the Country Music Foundation, she co-produced the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams boxed set in 1998, which won two Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard
Miraculously manages to bring something new to Williams' tale, seamlessly blending cogent text with a treasure trove of heretofore-unseen photographs and memorabilia....This book is sure to be on holiday shopping lists for fans still hungry for the hillbilly genius whose legend continues to loom larger than just about any performer country music has ever produced.
Entertainment Weekly
It's no overstatement to say that [Hank Williams's] ghost lingers in the pages.
Chicago Sun-Times
Many books have been published about Williams, but never one quite like this....[it is] a riveting account of the singer's short life and career.
People
This illuminating 200-page book, jammed with 300 photos, goes far in celebrating [Hank Williams'] extraordinary but tragically brief life....There are poignant letters...and the photos, many of them snapshots, are a revelation.
Sacramento Bee
A handsome coffee-table book... [and] an eye-opening collection... all laid out around an informative text by Colin Escott and Kira Florita.
Nashville Scene
Truly a treasure trove for ardent fans, this volume also functions as an amazing slice of music Americana....This haunting volume has the jarring effect of a train wreck: You simply can't look away. Country artist Marty Stuart provides a fascinating introduction.
No Depression
Nearly as compelling as Williams' music.
Publishers Weekly
When Hank Williams died in the backseat of a car at age 29, he left behind grieving fans, friends and family, as well as eight guns, eight pairs of boots, 11 hats and a saddle. Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway by Colin Escott and Kira Florita gathers together just about every last piece of paper having anything do to with country music's greatest and most tragic star (hence the postmortem inventory). Much of the material is new: included in this volume are the handwritten lyrics to 30 songs never recorded or published, private family correspondence and some 150 previously unpublished photographs, including Hank's first baby photo. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Although he never made it to 30 and died nearly a half-century ago, singer/songwriter Hank Williams continues to exert tremendous influence on all spheres of popular music. The country crooner also continues to invite biographical treatment. In 1998, music historian Escott (Hank Williams: A Biography) and Florita, former marketer of the Hank Williams catalog for Mercury Records Nashville, produced the Grammy-winning, ten-CD set The Complete Hank Williams. While working on that project, they amassed a huge number of photographs, documents, and published and unpublished song lyrics. That iconography forms the basis of Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway, an appealing coffee-table book that is being cross-promoted with the tribute album, Timeless. Composed of captions by the authors and excerpts of interviews with Williams and his family and friends, the text is somewhat sparse but to the point and well written. Rick Bragg also contributes an elegant foreword. Koon's Hank Williams, So Lonesome was first published as Hank Williams: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1993). This second take features expanded biographical coverage and important discussions of Williams's songs. Also significant are the author's attempts to separate the facts of Williams's life and work from the mythology of the musician and his thoughtful assessment of sources. In eliminating the reference-book qualities of the earlier Greenwood volume, Koons has made a significant contribution to Williams literature for fans and scholars. As a pair, these books nearly perfectly complement each other, but, unfortunately, neither contains a discography. In addition, the Escott and Florita volume lacks a bibliography (perfectly acceptable for a work of this kind), and the Koons book contains only a scaled-back one. Despite these shortcomings, both books avoid sensationalizing their complex subject and are highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with a popular culture focus. James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306810527
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/21/2001
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.48(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Colin Escott is an award-winning music historian and the author of four books, among them Hank Williams: The Biography and Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in Nashville. Kira Florita is the VP of Marketing for Lost Highway Records. Together with Colin Escott and the Country Music Foundation, she co-produced the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams boxed set in 1998, which won two Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Birth:
July 26, 1959
Place of Birth:
Possum Trot, Alabama
Education:
Attended Jacksonville State University for six months in 1970; attended Harvard University, 1992-1993

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