A biography of one of the founding fathers of modern country music. Until he died in 1975, Lefty Frizzell's life was one of endless touring, drug and alcohol abuse, prison, divorce, decline and resurgence.
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Before Elvis, Cooper would have us think, the hottest thing in southern pop music was Lefty Frizzell, rising star of the loud dance bars known as honky-tonks. But Lefty, product of a family of hapless farmers and laborers in the booming oil fields of Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, was no Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, or even George Jones. As Cooper shows in a show-biz bio better written than most (though still given to bursts of country-music-writer folderol: early star Jimmie Rodgers' "blue yodel" is characterized as an "inarticulate sound--half howl, half river chant," which may describe Howlin' Wolf's voice, but not Rodgers'), Frizzell is most interesting for his relentlessly downbeat career--the result, one eventually suspects, of too much drink and not enough brains. His most famous song is "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time," and he is a favorite of Merle Haggard and many other, greater country stars. A discography that lists session personnel valuably concludes Cooper's superior addition to country-music history. Ray OlsonFrom Publishers Weekly:
Growing up in rural Texas, the son of an itinerant oil-field worker, Frizzell (1928-1975) taught himself to play the guitar and learned to sing by imitating his idol, Jimmy Rodgers. By the time he was 19, he had a following, a wife and a baby and a six-month jail sentence for rape. A few years later, he rocketed to fame with "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time," "Lost Love Blues" and other songs he composed and performed in his unique sliding, yodeling vocal style. Naive about managers and contracts, unable to handle money, women or liquor, he had a roller-coaster career in which fantastic highs were followed by periods of poverty and depression. Cooper, an editor for the Country Music Foundation, builds on interviews with Frizzell's late wife and his children to chronicle the sad life of a popular singer and composer who revolutionized country music and died physically and emotionally exhausted, broke and alienated from his family. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descripción Little Brown & Co (T), 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0316156205
Descripción Little Brown & Co (T), 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110316156205
Descripción Little Brown & Co (T), 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0316156205
Descripción Little Brown & Co (T). Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0316156205 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0145224