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Hank

The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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After he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of 29, Hank Williams - a frail, flawed man who had become country music's first real star - instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights with simple songs of despair, depression, and tainted love, he would, with that outlaw swagger, become in death a template for the rock generation to follow.

Six decades later, Mark Ribowsky now weaves together the first fully realized biography of Hank Williams in a generation. Examining his music while also re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, 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 sad, lonely end on New Year's Day 1953. The result is an original work that promises to uncover the real Hank beneath the myths that have long enshrouded his legacy.

©2017 Mark Ribowsky (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Riverboy
  • 27-02-19

The REAL story behind a true legend

Great history of Hank Williams, without the bullsh... Hollywood polish, for a change, and refreshingly so. Narrator Tom Perkins does an honorable job, though I had imagined someone more "country" for the narration. Well written and well worth one's time and attention.

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  • Christine
  • 23-05-17

interesting history of a country legend

great narration but the story was a slow depressing descent. I wonder how this man managed to fillander and drug so much at such a young age but chronic pain, a greedy medical imposter, and spinal cord damage won out in the end. Hank's talent continues to live on in his music.

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  • KellysHero718
  • 17-08-18

A Remarkable Tale of Woe

A cautionary tale for any would-be celebrity, a foolish man destroyed by alcohol and the greed of others. Had Elvis read this book, perhaps he would have lived differently. Deep research and excellent writing, topped off by a perfect narration, make this book a fascinating, heartbreaking listen. Especially if you have access to the songs as they are described.

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  • James J Smith
  • 17-07-20

great

lots of new info I didn't know. Every Hank fan needs to read this book

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  • sam mc
  • 06-03-20

Good book, bad subject

I thought this was a well written, well performed book. I can’t say I came away with much affection for Hank Williams after this story though. While he was indeed a great songwriter and performer he was not a great person. With his substance abuse and general disregard for most anyone or anything made for an interesting companion to his public image. That is how humans are though and I was happy to listen to what I think is a fine audio book.

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  • Corey dykes
  • 10-04-17

Well it is dark as night but fairly accurate

Hit all the spots good and bad. I would like an audio book with just the songs recordings instruments etc instead of the drinking the songs and performances were his strength this would sell light and positive

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