Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williamsby Paul Hemphill
Hank Williams, The Quintessential Country Music Singer and Songwriter, Died Alone in the Backseat of His Cadillac on New Year's Day 1953. He Died Much as He Had Lived-Drunk, Forlorn, Suffering from a Birth Defect, Wondering When The Bubble Would Burst. Having Sprouted Out of Nowhere, Like a Weed in the Wilds of South Alabama, He was gone at the Age of Twenty-Nine.
Now, With This Definitive Biography of the Man and His Music, Paul Hemphill Takes the Reader on a Journey Through Hank Williams's Life and Times: His Dirt-Poor Beginnings as a Sickly Child, Learning Music from a Black Street Singer, Refining it in Raucous Honky-Tonks During the Depression, Emerging as a Star of the Grand Ole Opry. Uneducated, Virtually Fatherless, an Alcoholic in His Teens, Unlucky at Love, Hank Mined His Experiences to Write Songs That Will Live Forever.
Hemphill, Author of the Nashville Sound and the Son of a Long-Distance Trucker from Alabama, Brings His Background to Bear on a Story That often Reads Like Fiction. He Has Unearthed Many Fresh Details in Williams's Life, But Most Important He Has Explained That Life and Given it the Lively Telling it Deserves.
A book as exhilarating as his music. (The Atlanta Journal- Constitution)
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Meet the Author
Paul Hemphill was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of four novels and eleven works of nonfiction dealing with the blue-collar South, including The Nashville Sound.
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