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

By Robert Earl Hardy

This can be the 1st critical biography of a guy extensively one in every 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 afflicted troubadour. A Deeper Blue lines Van Zandt's history because the scion of a in demand Texas relations; his stricken 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 via 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' huge study and interviews with Townes' kin and closest neighbors and associates. 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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After returning to Boulder in September 1963 for his sophomore year, Townes met Fran Petters, a bright, pretty, seventeen-yearold blonde Southern Baptist girl from Houston. As Fran recalls their first meeting, Townes was working the door at Tulagi’s, and as she tried to walk in the front door, Townes stopped her and told her she’d have to give him a kiss to get in. “Then he got embarrassed,” Fran says, and shortly afterward, “he sent me flowers to apologize for being fresh. Then he said that if I was from Houston he would marry me.

Even with all the upheaval, and even with his growing reputation as something of a rebel, Townes continued to do well in school, had a decent social life, and continued to read widely. He also continued to seek out records to feed his growing interest in music, and he continued to practice the guitar. By the late fifties, the guitar was becoming a very popular instrument with young people all over the country. By 1958, more guitars were being sold in the United States than ever before; the Kingston Trio sold four million copies of their recording of the old folk standard “Tom Dooley”; and the new folk boom—the “folk scare,” as some remember it—reached its first early peak.

He was just more comfortable with those people. He was very uncomfortable with college types, although he made some good friends. … He liked real people; he couldn’t abide with hypocrisy in any way. ” A rift that had long existed in Townes’ life was starting to widen that year at Colorado. ” She recalls the atmosphere of the times, in the early and mid-1960s, particularly among college students, as being full of philosophical examination of the status quo and serious reevaluation of priorities.

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