Hank: The Short Life And Long Country Road Of Hank Williams by Mark RibowskyHank: The Short Life And Long Country Road Of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky

Hank: The Short Life And Long Country Road Of Hank Williams

byMark Ribowsky

Paperback | November 7, 2017

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Mark Ribowsky’s Hank has been hailed as the "greatest biography yet" (Library Journal, starred review) of the beloved icon. Hank Williams, a frail, flawed man who had become country music’s first real star, instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr when he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine. Six decades later, Ribowsky traces the miraculous rise of this music legend?from the dirt roads of rural Alabama to the now-immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry, and, finally, to a lonely end on New Year’s Day in 1953. Examining Williams’s chart-topping hits while also re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, Hank uncovers the real man beneath the myths, reintroducing us to an American original whose legacy, like a good night at the honkytonk, promises to carry on and on.
Mark Ribowsky is the author of fifteen books, including Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations, the New York Times Notable Book Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, and, most recently, Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul. ...
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Title:Hank: The Short Life And Long Country Road Of Hank WilliamsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781631493379

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A timely biography…Ribowsky has taken on a truly harrowing life. — John Williams (New York Times Book Review)A new biography that exhumes the strange case of the poet and the peckerwood…[Hank] offers a feast of juicy anecdotes and sharp analysis that should satisfy devotees and attract newcomers to the fold. It’s the most Hank you can get in a single helping?and the most you’d probably want. Williams is always good company, especially around last call. — Eddie Dean (Wall Street Journal)A compassionate yet clear-eyed study of the iconic country star…It’s to [Ribowsky’s] credit that he gets as close to Williams as any writer could…Hank Williams was a tortured poet who died before most Americans today were born, but he’ll outlive us all. — David Kirby (Washington Post)With such a legendary figure, this book succeeds in painting a seemingly more realistic picture of [Williams’s] life…The greatest biography yet. — Library Journal, starred reviewA sturdy biography of the unsteady icon of outlaw country avant la lettre…Ribowsky covers the details of Williams’ untidy personal life without undue sensationalism…[A] decidedly warts-and-all portrait of a man more revered than listened to these days. It’s not every 29-year-old who can pack enough into a life to warrant a 500-page biography?and a good one at that. — Kirkus ReviewsEntertaining…Ribowsky is an engaging storyteller, and he tells Williams’ story with such verve and humor…that Williams and his music come alive. — Publishers Weekly