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By Robert Earl Hardy

ISBN-10: 1441609199

ISBN-13: 9781441609199

ISBN-10: 1574412477

ISBN-13: 9781574412475

This is often the 1st severe biography of a guy commonly one among Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was once the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the stricken troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's historical past because the scion of a fashionable Texas family members; his afflicted early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering folks singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued through him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring fantastic thing about his songs,which are explored extensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' large learn and interviews with Townes' family members and closest associates and associates. He appears past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fantasy in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."

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1 Later, he started listening to jazz and blues, then to folk music. But his grounding was in the great, vital melting pot of country and western and early rock’n’roll that bubbled with such creative fervor in America in the 1950s and early ’60s. Townes had been absorbing it all with great interest and enthusiasm since he was a child and would ride with his father as he drove across the countryside visiting the oil fields, listening to Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, and Roy Acuff on the car radio.

Q. ”3 The psychological report, filed by Dr. Charles Gaston, goes on: The patient’s character structure is predominantly obsessive-compulsive. This is a pleasant, friendly, but quiet, reserved, somewhat shy and aloof individual. His pleasantness and affable unobtrusiveness lend themselves to being quite charming and gracious in most social situations. Though he is quiet and reserved, he has a capacity for great intensity of feeling, and is also prone to mood swing [sic] and depression. He is outwardly quite deferential and respectful to adults and other authority figures, though he feels quite hostile toward them inwardly.

It seems like at that time, he knew he was meant to do something else, but he just didn’t know what it was,” ac- No Place to Fall 43 cording to Fran. “He wanted to please the family, but he also wanted to stay true to himself. ” Fran makes clear, as do Townes’ siblings, that it wasn’t that the family was putting explicit pressure on Townes to pursue any particular course. “He just felt the implicit expectation,” Fran says. ” Bill Van Zandt also says he never felt that kind of pressure from the family.

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