He was 29 years old and had recorded just 80 sessions when he died on New Year's Day 1953. Yet those songs - "Hey Good Lookin'", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" moulded American music into a new art form, and created descendants that range from Garth Brooks to Beck. But for all that his music reveals, we know little of the man himself. His formal interviews barely filled a page, and even those who claimed him as a friend admit they barely knew him. This book displays photographs, letters, interviews, and the hand-written lyrics to 29 songs. It is arranged chronologically and enhanced by testimonials from Hank's family, friends, and the musicians he inspired.