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Hank Williams: Snapshots From The Lost Highway

Colin Escott

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ISBN 10: 1903985110 / ISBN 13: 9781903985113
Published by Da Capo Press, 2001
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Title: Hank Williams: Snapshots From The Lost ...

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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He was just twenty-nine years old and had been a recording artist for less than six years when he died on New Year's Day in 1953. Yet the songs Hank Williams left behind - including "I Saw the Light," "Cold Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - transformed him into a legend whose influence is felt as strongly today as ever. But for all that his music reveals, we know remarkably little of the man himself. His formal interviews barely filled a page, and even those who claimed him as a friend admit they barely knew him.
Now Colin Escott and Kira Florita present a trove of more than 300 photographs, letters, and other artifacts that shine a new light on Hank as an artist, family man, and performer while they chronicle his rise from poverty to fame and his plunge into self-destruction. Featuring the collections of Marty Stuart, Hank Williams, Jr., and Jett Williams, this remarkable album of images - most never before published - includes shots ranging from the only known baby photo of Hank to funeral pictures of Hank's wife, Billie Jean, saying farewell over his open casket. In between are private childhood photos, rare portraits of Hank with his earliest bands, snapshots from his early stardom in Montgomery and Shreveport, pictures of him performing at the height of his fame, and the only known images of Hank in the recording studio.
The authors have also assembled revelatory letters and documents, including those Hank wrote to his mother from a rodeo in Texas and those his publisher Fred Rose wrote in the hope of keeping Hank from drink; newly unsealed court depositions by Hank's sister Irene and his two wives; and poignant personal accounts of their father by Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams. Here too is the poster for the concert Hank was scheduled to give January 2, not seen since 1953, and even his final lyric, which fell out of his hand onto the floor of the car where he died.
Equally extraordinary are the previously unseen handwritten lyrics - many hurriedly scrawled, scratched out, the rewritten, on lined notepaper or hotel stationery - to nearly thirty songs never recorded by Hank nor published until now.
Enhanced by compelling first-person accounts from Hank and those who knew him, complemented by a foreword from Rick Bragg and a preface by Marty Stuart, this beautifully designed tribute is a revelation. Open it and know Hank Williams as you have never known him before.

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Colin Escott is an award-winning music historian and the author of four books, among them Hank Williams: The Biography and Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll . He lives in Nashville. Kira Florita is the VP of Marketing for Lost Highway Records. Together with Colin Escott and the Country Music Foundation, she co-produced the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams boxed set in 1998, which won two Grammy Awards. She lives in Nashville.

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