Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s Hank Hung the Moon is more of a musical memoir than a biography: the author’s evocative and personal stories of 1950s and ’60s musical stapleselementary school rhythm bands, British Invasion rock concerts and tear-jerker movie musicals. It was a simpler time when Hank roamed the Earth; the book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and 5-cent Cokes, with Hank providing the soundtrack and wisdom.
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.
Finally, stories you haven’t heard a thousand times before about people who love Hank, some famous, most not. This lively little book uses Hank as metaphor for life. You’ll tap your toe and demand an encore.
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About the Author
Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories. In past reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won national awards. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting (1983), the Headliner Award for commentary (1985), the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary (1982). In 1986 she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. In 1991 Johnson was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America’s Faces (1987) and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000 she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia. A native of Colquitt, Ga., Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Ala., studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. In December 2010, Johnson married retired Auburn University history professor Hines Hall.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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