A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North by Robert Earl Hardy

By Robert Earl Hardy

This is often the 1st severe biography of a guy greatly one of 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 lines Van Zandt's history because the scion of a fashionable Texas kin; his afflicted early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering people singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued by way of 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' wide study and interviews with Townes' relatives and closest associates and co-workers. He appears to be like past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and delusion in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."

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5 Later that summer, Townes visited his old roommate from Shattuck, Luke Sharpe, in Checotah, in eastern Oklahoma. “He just dropped in, kind of an itinerant, which I would expect from Townes, drifting from here to there,” Sharpe says. Sharpe was No Place to Fall 37 working on a hay crew, and as Sharpe recalls, “When they put up hay, they would put it up in a square bale, which weighs about sixty-six and two-thirds pounds, and they stack this stuff in a barn. So you have hay crews, and it was the standard practice for young kids who want to make a little money, or want to get in shape—which was my particular project, having gotten interested in athletics—to work on a crew.

5 In school in Boulder, Townes also began, typically, to show signs of rebelliousness. It was the rebelliousness of youth, and it was the dawn of an era of rebelliousness, but it was also the seed of a rebelliousness that was to mark Townes’ adult personality. His brother remembers an early instance of the relatively innocent variety of rebellion. “When he was in high school, he went out with my mom, shopping for school clothes. And he bought a very, very bright red pair of pants, a bright green pair of pants, and a bright yellow pair of pants.

He just dropped in, kind of an itinerant, which I would expect from Townes, drifting from here to there,” Sharpe says. Sharpe was No Place to Fall 37 working on a hay crew, and as Sharpe recalls, “When they put up hay, they would put it up in a square bale, which weighs about sixty-six and two-thirds pounds, and they stack this stuff in a barn. So you have hay crews, and it was the standard practice for young kids who want to make a little money, or want to get in shape—which was my particular project, having gotten interested in athletics—to work on a crew.

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