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In the vein of the classic Johnny Cash: The Life, this groundbreaking work explores the wild life and extraordinary musical career of "the definitive country singer of the last half century" (New York Times), who influenced, among others, Bob Dylan, Buck Owens, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Garth Brooks.
In a masterful biography laden with new revelations, veteran country music journalist/historian Rich Kienzle offers a definitive, full-bodied portrait of legendary country singer George Jones and the music that remains his legacy. Kienzle meticulously sifted through archival material, government records, and recollections by colleagues and admirers, interviewing many involved in Jones' life and career. The result: an evocative portrait of this enormously gifted, tragically tormented icon called "the Keith Richards of country".
Kienzle chronicles Jones' impoverished East Texas childhood as the youngest son of a deeply religious mother and an alcoholic, often-abusive father. He examines his three troubled marriages, including his union with superstar Tammy Wynette, and looks unsparingly at Jones' demons. Alcohol and later cocaine nearly killed him until fourth wife Nancy helped him learn to love himself. Kienzle also details Jones' remarkable musical journey from singing in violent Texas honky-tonks to Grand Ole Opry star, hitmaker, and master vocalist whose raw, emotionally powerful delivery remains the gold standard for country singers.
The George Jones of this heartfelt biography lived hard before finding contentment until he died at 81 - a story filled with whiskey, women, and drugs but always the saving grace of music.
©2016 Rich Kienzle (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-12-16

Interesting story, bad reading

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend any biography of one of the greatest country artists, George Jones. I will, however, be hesitant to listen to other books read by John Pruden.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It's disappointing that he didn't have enough respect for the subject or listeners to learn how to pronounce the names of people and places commonly known.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Lisa Richards Connecticut on 12-09-17

Not what I expected...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was just that a story.. told by a third person talked mostly about his incredible talent and not the journey... lost interest.. we all know he is talented just how he got there and the journey would have made it interesting...

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