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Inhaltsangabe: In this book, you will join country music legends as they step into the spotlight of fame. Country Music, with its pure and simple joys and sorrows, has forged a common bond among Texas cowboys, New York accountants and Oklahoma housewives. This bond has not only connected the fans, but also bound together history's glittering array of country entertainers. One of the links connecting this patchwork assortment of country music legends is a restless dream-hungry spirit. They lived on odd jobs and daydreams as they waited for fate to switch on their spotlight. Ironically, when that light finally beamed, it was often ignited by a spark that no one could have predicted. Merle Haggard, for instance, found his light through a prison vent during solitary confinement in San Quentin. With Roy Acuff, the beam of stardom would only glow after a near-tragic misfortune ruined his dream of a professional baseball career. Minnie Pearl spotted her light shining from the eyes of an Alabama farm lady. Loretta Lynn's world was illuminated by a friend's high-stakes deal. And Patsy Cline's spotlight was switched on by a song she didn't even want to sing. The stories of these fortunate twists of fate are often as intriguing as the country legends they produced. Join the solid gold legends of country music as they travel down the elusive path of fate, flukes and fame.
Über den Autor: Dennis Goodwin has written a number of true-life books and booklets on the characters and incidents who have colored our past. His subjects cover early entertainers, Wild West legends, Civil War participants and the legendary musicians of country, bluegrass and early rock & roll music. In addition to his nonfiction historical books and booklets, he has published numerous articles for magazines like Wild West, True West and Old West. "Through the years," he confided, "I've learned that the secret to bringing people from the past alive in the present, is to realize that they were very much in the present when they were living. It's not like the emigrants plodding across the Oregon Trail looked up and said, 'Wow, Chimney Rock is really awesome...but isn't it weird living in the past like this!' " To produce a lively story, Dennis said he tries to write about past people and events with the same intensity and immediacy as if they were right outside his window.
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