The Hank Snow Story (Music in American Life)

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Synopsis: This long-awaited autobiography of Hank Snow traces his life from humble beginnings, through his emergence as an entertainer in Canada, the United States, and throughout the world, to his stature as one of the most influential figures in country music today. But more than a rags-to-riches memoir, this book presents Hank's life and career in his own voice, with remarkable candor and incredible detail. It provides the first extensive look at the early development of country music in Canada, reveals the inner workings of the music industry (including Hank's vital and unsung role in launching Elvis Presley's career), frankly discusses the nonglamorous side of stardom, and offers the reflections of an outspoken artist who has been professionally involved with country music for nearly sixty years.

From Booklist: It was a long, hard climb indeed for Snow, who, admiring Gene Autry, even tried his hand as a singing cowboy with an acrobatic horse. After countless appearances in Canadian music halls and on small-town radio stations, he got his first really big break--when Ernest Tubb put him on the Opry in 1950. Snow seemed not to go over, but shortly afterward recorded his own song, "I'm Movin' On," which topped the charts. Snow was a big star for the next two decades with his sentimental ballads, train songs, and "tales" of the Yukon. When one considers how much material Snow must capture here, his story is forgivably discursive; he recalls his brutal, impoverished childhood in Nova Scotia and innumerable personalities, and he weighs in on the big issues facing his industry, such as the slick top-forty system that keeps new talent from emerging. In at least one instance, Snow covers new territory: his friendship and business dealings with Elvis. One of the King's first gigs was to close for Snow, and Snow got Elvis on the Opry. He claims with considerable documentation that both he and Elvis were bamboozled by Tom ("Colonel") Parker, "the most egotistical, obnoxious human I have ever had dealings with." An essential purchase for country-and-western collections, even though Hank Snow recordings are hard to find. John Mort

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