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From the PublisherFort Worth Star-Telegram A gem of a book...one of the best works of nonfiction in 2002.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Once in a blue moon you read a riveting biography built of new information more humanizing than scandalizing, rich with detail, not dirt. That's the case with this fresh story of...the original Carter Family. Anyone who cares about country music will love this account of its humble beginnings....It is the utter guilelessness of the subjects, plus the honest approach of the biographer, that makes this a terrific tale.
The Christian Science Monitor In the heart of the Depression, radio listeners across North America thought of the Carters as family....But off the air, these pioneers of modern folk, country, and bluegrass music were intensely private people who left behind almost none of the paper clues on which biographies can rise. How much more of a triumph, then, is Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?, the first major biography of the Carter Family. Drawing on the recollections of relatives, neighbors, listeners, and scholars, Mark Zwonitzer, with Charles Hirshberg, achieves an elegant story of a cast of characters more complex than their fans would believe, or their melodies suggest.