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Sing a Sad Song: THE LIFE OF HANK WILLIAMS
by Roger M. Williams
University of Illinois Press, 1981
Paper: 978-0-252-00861-0
Library of Congress Classification ML420.W55W5 1981
Dewey Decimal Classification 784.5200924

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
      Few American entertainers
        have had the explosive impact, wide-ranging appeal, and continuing popularity
        of country music star Hank Williams. Such Williams standards as "Your
        Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Jambalaya,"
        and "I Saw the Light" have all entered the pantheon of great
        American song.
      Roger Williams recounts the
        story of Hank's rise from impoverished Southern roots, his coming of age
        during and after World War II, his meteoric climb to national acclaim
        and star status on the Grand Ole Opry, his chronic bouts with alcoholism
        and the alienation it created in those he loved and sang for, and finally
        his tragic death at twenty-nine and subsequent emergence as a folk hero.
        The book also features a thorough discography compiled by Bob Pinson of
        the Country Music Foundation.
 

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