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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Townes biography, 17 April 2008
Townes Van Zandt (died 1997) was one of the world's greatest songwriters. He is hugely underrated - and many critics will agree that he ranks up there with Bob Dylan.

There is little written about Townes. There are a few interviews (not many), a few articles (again, not many) and there is John Kruth's patchy, disorganized biography.

This is the one to buy.
Mr Hardy has spent considerable time over the last 10 years or so interviewing many of those closely connected with Townes. His research, also, has been very comprehensive. The book is laid out in an orderly chronological manner, with a lot of information that even avid Townes Van Zandt fan would not have known (me included). Mr Hardy has an excellent free-flowing writing style and he tells the story very well.

The book (270 pages) also has good background notes on sources of comment/interviews and a comprehensive album discography.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Balanced Biog, 17 Mar 2010
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I came across this biography while trying to find John Kruth's biog and due to the critisism of Kruth's book I opted for this one. I now have Kruth's but have not read it yet. However, this is a really good read. It is well researched and written in an easy to follow chronological style. It goes into great detail in some periods of Townes' life and although I had read pretty much everything I could find written on the internet prior to reading this there was an awful lot I did not know. I was particularly impressed with the detail around the mid 70s and having watch Heartworn Highways it was good to find the background to those scenes and where and when they were being filmed. I also had no idea how bad Townes heroin addiction was.

Unfortunatley but probably understandably there are aspects and periods of Townes' life that are not fully explained such as when and how Townes finally quit Heroin. One period I found slightly lacking was the later period where he was running around with people like Blaze Foley. This time is really very briefly brushed over.

The last days of Townes' life are very well written and paint a picture of a man who was a physical wreck and appeared to be just (like the first song he ever wrote) waiting around to die. Although I have no way of verifying its accuracy it is very sad but also very believable. It does paint his estranged 3rd wife in a fairly poor light -getting Townes to sign over all his publishing rights to her and her at best negligent behaviour and its contribution to his death- and it will be interesting to see how Hardy's account differs from Kruth's version which is endorsed by the Van Zandt family including the estranged wife, Jeanene. Having not read both biogs I can't say which is best but I can and certainly do recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'TIME FLIES LIKE AN ARROW.........', 18 Jun 2013
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This review is from: A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musicians) (Paperback)
a really good insight into the music of a truly great singer/songwriter/musician. could have done without the details of his love-life,but the book title does suggest this ,so i am must be being picky,i suppose. still,highly recommended to fans and newcomers alike.
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