A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

Synopsis

A biography of Townes Van Zandt which traces his background as the scion of a prominent Texas family; his troubled early years and his transformation from promising pre-law student to wandering folk singer; his life on the road and the demons that pursued and were pursued by him; and the women who loved and inspired him.

Excerpt

TOWNES VAN ZANDT was a songwriter and a traveling minstrel—a folk singer, no less—in an era when practicing these crafts had long since become anachronistic, evocative of a long-gone era in American life—of Jimmie Rodgers riding the rails of the great American West; Woody Guthrie tramping the highways from dustbowl Oklahoma to the migrant camps of California; Robert Johnson playing guitar with the devil at a Mississippi Delta crossroads; Hank Williams driving from roadhouse to roadhouse across the South, drinking and singing with the Drifting Cowboys—an archaic art form, a mythic mode of living. But like these other American originals, Townes Van Zandt was fully invested in his craft, and his craft was inextricable from his life, and this investment and integration gave rise to great art, which is timeless.

As an artist, Van Zandt made no compromises; he lived out his destiny on the road, practicing his craft until he simply couldn’t . . .

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