George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend (Updated Edition)

Allen, Bob

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George Jones' nearly 60-year recording and performing career has had a profound influence on modern country music and influenced a younger generation of singers; his is a larger-than-life tale of rags to riches and back to rags again. Num Pages: 252 pages, Three eight-page colour and black and white photo inserts. BIC Classification: AVGL; AVH; BGF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 227 x 153 x 25. Weight in Grams: 608. . 2014. Updated. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: George Joness nearly 60-year recording and performing career has had a profound influence on modern country music and influenced a younger generation of singers, including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, and Trace Adkins. As Merle Haggard said of Jones in Rolling Stone magazine, His voice was like a Stradivarius violin: one of the greatest instruments ever made. Joness saga is a larger-than-life tale of rags to riches and back to rags again. He was born into near poverty in a backwater patch of East Texas. His formal education ended early; by his early teens, he was singing on the streets of Beaumont, Texas, for tips. After beginning to record in the mid-1950s Jones became, by sheer dint of his vocal prowess, one of Nashvilles most celebrated honky-tonk singers. But from the start, Joness life, as often reflected in his music, was shaped by misdirection, chaos, turmoil, and emotional strife aggravated by a ferocious appetite for alcohol. Fame and adulation seemed to merely intensify his personal travails. Joness story has a relatively happy ending. With the help of fourth wife Nancy during the final decade and a half of his life, he got clean and sober, was feted as a much-revered elder statesman for the music, and, by most accounts, found peace of mind at long last.

About the Author: BOB ALLEN is a former editor of Country Music Magazine. His articles, essays, and reviews on popular music have appeared over the years in Esquire, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Saturday Evening Post, and Billboard. As a writer and editor, he has also contributed to several Time-Life music publications as well as the Country Music Foundation's Encyclopedia of Country Music.

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