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More than just the title of a popular song of the time, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother is the story of two boys who grew up with only each other to rely on, and the enigmatic father who drifted in and out of their lives.
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Rocky is married to Laura Louvier Hawkins and lives in Gladewater, Texas. He enjoys fishing and coaching little league baseball with his grandchildren.
He also enjoys a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. He likes both kinds of music: Country and Western. Throw in some Eagles and a little blues and he is done. His favorite author is Kinky Friedman, from Austin, Texas.
He is a Christian by the grace of God and a Baptist by choice. Favorite quote: If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right. (Percy Sledge)Review:
Rocky's colorful, raw, and mostly, I assume, true story of Guns, Girls, and Gambling in East Texas stirred a few stories of my own. The love of my life was a girl from Lufkin: Miss Texas 1987. I, of course, was Miss Texas of 1967. That may have been why it was such a star-crossed affair. Reading He Ain t Heavy, He's My Brother makes you almost glad to be alive. It also makes you wish you had grown up with Rocky, Reggie, Hawk, and the rest of the gang, in a lifestyle and culture fast disappearing in our country. Rocky Hawkins has written a rare, fun, and beautiful book. If you don't believe me, read it for yourself! --Kinky Friedman: Author, musician, humorist, and past political candidate for Governor of the great State of Texas
An eyewitness account of the rough-and-tumble world of East Texas hustling, as seen through the eyes of an impressionable youth forced to grow up quickly. A tale of beer joints, outlaws, corrupt officials, oil field money, and intrigue fueled by an endless parade of strange characters drawn to the mix. Rocky's ability to share his story and emotions gives the reader a sense of how normal his life must have seemed to him at the time, but how outrageous it appears on the written page today. A quick read that will bring a smile and perhaps a sigh of relief in knowing this chapter of East Texas history has passed. --John Erwin, Proprietor: B. D. Riley's Irish Pub, Austin, Texas
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Book Description Tattersall Publishing, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0991151542