By Robert Earl Hardy
This can be the 1st critical biography of a guy extensively one in all 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 troubadour. A Deeper Blue lines Van Zandt's heritage because the scion of a sought after Texas relatives; his bothered 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 by means of him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring fantastic thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' vast learn and interviews with Townes' relations and closest acquaintances and associates. He appears past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fantasy in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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2 At the Titus Harris Clinic—one of the first facilities of its kind to serve children and adolescents—a team of doctors (primarily Doctors Ford, Martin, and Wight) evaluated Townes for a few weeks, overseeing the administration of a barrage of physical and psychological tests. Q. ”3 The psychological report, filed by Dr. Charles Gaston, goes on: The patient’s character structure is predominantly obsessive-compulsive. This is a pleasant, friendly, but quiet, reserved, somewhat shy and aloof individual.
He got the guitar for Christmas, and by New Year’s he had learned “Fraulein,” which he proudly played for his father and which he continued to play for the rest of his life. 3 Where I Lead Me ITHIN A FEW YEARS , THE guitar became for Townes Van Zandt the key to the form of expression that was to become his life’s work. Learning the instrument and playing and singing along with the radio and with records quickly became for him something more than just entertainment. Once he’d learned “Fraulein” for his father, he began diligently soaking up the music around him and seeking out more.
9 “My dad 24 A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt had that kind of a job, particularly in Illinois,” Bill remembers. “When there was dirty work to be done, my dad had to go and negotiate and do things like that. That’s the kind of thing that gave dad ulcers. ”10 This pressure and frustration was to have a predictably negative effect on Harris Van Zandt’s health. It also brought a dark element into the life of the family that did not escape the darkly inclined teenaged Townes. 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.
A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musicians) by Robert Earl Hardy