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A remarkably detailed biography - quite fascinating from start to finish
on 26 July 2012
Although I don't have a Kindle, I got this book downloaded as an e-book from Amazon Kindle to my pc - didn't know you could do that. 700 pages for just £4.99 - compared to the £30.16 it was going to cost me to get the book sent direct from the States. What a price difference!!
As to the content itself, this has got to be one of the most balanced, well-researched and riveting biographies I have ever read - perhaps even THE most. And that's from someone who has read literally hundreds of biographies. What I liked most about this study is that the author wasn't scared to give the whole truth about Reeves - whether he liked it or not, and whether he thought his readers would like it or not. And I'm sure many won't appreciate some of the facts that Larry Jordan unearthed. He shows both the good and the bad about Jim - and there's plenty of both. This is in distinction to the many mainly Christian, biographies that I've read - a gredat majority of which ignore completely or partly the more negative aspects of the subject. That's such a pity - for it means you simply don't get to know the REAL person just a nice, sanitized, pc version. That's not what I want - I want to know what the guy/gal was truly like. And Jordan does that, in this whopper of a book. And the remarkable thing is that knowing the sexy, sleazy side of Jim Reeves, plus a few of his other vices (he could be quite arrogant, and was often seen as niggardly) doesn't make me respect this musician any less than before - at least not when taken in context of his more commendable attributes. It's a fascinating read and I thoroughly recommend it.
The truth remains - Jim Reeves singing voices is one of the most beautiful to be heard from any musician in any genre anywhere in the world. I'm so grateful to my mother for introducing me to his sound back in the 1970s, when I was a lad.