By Robert Earl Hardy
This can be the 1st critical biography of a guy commonly one in all Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt used to be the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the afflicted troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's history because the scion of a trendy Texas relations; his bothered early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering people singer; his existence at the highway and the demons that pursued and have been pursued by means of him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring fantastic thing about his songs,which are explored extensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' wide study and interviews with Townes' family members 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 fantasy in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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He told his parents of his exploits only after he returned home. 23 Some of Townes’ friends and classmates at Shattuck reflect the view that Luke Sharpe summed up years later, that Townes had always been a “creative type,” and that creative types “can be pretty hard bipolar characters; and that was Townes in a nutshell,” says Sharpe. “He was prone to stimulants, prone to bursts of creativity, and then prone to the depths of depression. … But I never saw Townes as a weak person, or as controlled by substances.
And Mrs. Van Zandt, saying that it was okay for Townes to drop out of school for the semester. He was just trying to get his parents off his back, and he just wanted to play guitar. ” Townes withdrew from school on March 6, the day before his twentieth birthday. He was away from school for two weeks, having hitchhiked to Oklahoma and back, and somehow his family got wind of his absence. They were already aware of his drinking binges and his mood swings, and of his prior “running away,” and they knew that this behavior was becoming a problem, but now the extent of the problem was becoming clear to them.
He was thinking, ‘Oh, boy, I’ve got a new pet. I can’t wait. ’ And when they sat the plate in front of him … he was terribly upset. They were at a big round table with a lot of other people, and his father was sensitive enough to realize what had happened. He leaned over and said, ‘I know, Townes, I know. ” 5 In school in Boulder, Townes also began, typically, to show signs of rebelliousness. It was the rebelliousness of youth, and it was the dawn of an era of rebelliousness, but it was also the seed of a rebelliousness that was to mark Townes’ adult personality.
A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musicians) by Robert Earl Hardy