The influential country music singer and songwriter died alone in the backseat of
his cadillac New Year's day 1953. He died much as he had lived — drunk,
forlorn, suffering from a birth defect, wondering when the bubble
would burst. Having sprouted out of nowhere, like a weed in the wilds of
south Alabama, he was gone at the age of twenty-nine.
Now, with this definitive biography of the man and his music, Paul Hemphill takes
the reader on a journey through hw life and times: his dirt-poort beginnings as
a sickly child, learning music from a black street singer, refining it
in raucous honky-tonks during the depression, emerging as a star of
the Grand Ole Opry. Undeducated, virtually fatherless, an alcoholic in his teens,
unlucky at love, Hank mined his experiences to write songs that will live forever.
About the Author
Paul Hemphill, author of The Nashville Sound and the song of a long-distance trucker
from Alabama, brings his background to bear on a story that often reads
like fiction. He has unearthed many fresh details in Williams's life,
but most important, he has explained that life and given it
the lively telling it deserves.
Paul Hemphill was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. he is the author
of four novels and eleven works of nonfiction. All of them dealing with
the blue-collar south. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.