By Robert Earl Hardy
This is often the 1st severe biography of a guy broadly one in every of 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 bothered troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's history because the scion of a sought after Texas relations; his early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering people singer; his lifestyles at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued through him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring great thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' large study and interviews with Townes' relations and closest pals and co-workers. He seems to be past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fable in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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19 Academically, Townes started out fairly well at Shattuck. 20 “In classes, we were grouped by perceived ability,” says Sharpe. “Townes wasn’t a number one. But he wasn’t bad: number two, maybe number three, that would be Townes. But I have to say, our number ones were pretty good guys. ” Townes’ grades slipped somewhat after his first semester; he would only receive one more “honor” grade (higher than 80) at Shattuck, an 85 in sociology and economics. That senior-year high point came along with a 74 in English and a 72 in trigonometry, among other mediocre marks.
He was just more comfortable with those people. He was very uncomfortable with college types, although he made some good friends. … He liked real people; he couldn’t abide with hypocrisy in any way. ” A rift that had long existed in Townes’ life was starting to widen that year at Colorado. ” She recalls the atmosphere of the times, in the early and mid-1960s, particularly among college students, as being full of philosophical examination of the status quo and serious reevaluation of priorities.
But when he played music, it was a different ballgame. He had a lot of feeling. We knew that there was a sacred side of Townes, the inside of Townes, that he seldom revealed. ” Myrick recalls that starting during this period, when he and Van Zandt went to bars, “Townes wanted to go to the raunchiest, skuzziest dives ever. He was just more comfortable with those people. He was very uncomfortable with college types, although he made some good friends. … He liked real people; he couldn’t abide with hypocrisy in any way.
A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musicians) by Robert Earl Hardy