By Chet Flippo

When Hank Williams died in 1953 at the age of twenty-nine, from a lethal combination of alcohol and the painkillers he had used for years to ease the chronic pain of a congenital defect in the spine, he was already a legend. The first musician to lift country music out of the backwoods and into the popular music charts, he became the most influential country singer and songwriter of the century. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have hailed him as a major influence, and his songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Elvis Costello and The Carpenters.

256 pages / 16 photos
230 x 150mm
ISBN 978 0 85965 232 2