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Sing a Sad Song: THE LIFE OF HANK WILLIAMS (Music in American Life)

by Roger M. Williams

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A fantastically detailed look at how Hank got to the top of the pop/country pile. Author must have been a journalist. This book stayed with me for a long time after I read it. It may be dated now, but if you get a chance, pick up a copy if you are REALLY into the roots of country. For example, drums were not allowed at the Grand Old Opry way back when due to some weird religious/social inhibitions about overly "secular" music, which might be associated with jazz junkies or the then-emerging and already ungodly rock n' roll. Not kidding. I had never noticed the soft drumming in the background of early country (late 40s, early 50s) before, but that explains it. OK, stuff like that. ( )
  rmkelly | Dec 9, 2013 |
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