Hank Hung the Moon: . . .and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

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Hank Hung the Moon: . . .and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts by Rheta Grimsley Johnson

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The dark story of America's Pulitzer Prize winning hillbilly singer has been told often and well, but always with sad country fiddles wailing. This latest Hank Williams paean will make readers laugh as well as cry. Hank hung the moon and left his fans behind to admire it. He transformed the musical landscape, as well as the heavens, with his genius. And that's a good thing.

More a musical memoir than a biography, Hank Hung the Moon is the author's evocative personal stories of '50s and '60s musical staples --elementary-school rhythm bands, British Invasion rock concerts, and tearjerker movie musicals. It was a simpler time when Hank roamed the earth. The book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and five-cent Cokes. Hank provides the soundtrack and wisdom for this Last Picture Show of a book.

A Cajun girl learns to understand English by listening to Hank on the radio. A Hank impersonator works by day at a prison but by night makes good use of his college degree in country music. Hank's lost daughter, Jett, devotes her life to embracing the father she never knew. A newly minted recording artist buys a belt from Hank himself at a Nashville store that country's first superstar bought to pacify a nagging wife.

Finally, here are stories readers haven't heard a thousand times before about people--some famous, some not--who loved Hank. This lively little book uses Hank as a metaphor for life. Readers will tap their toes and demand an encore.

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