By Robert Earl Hardy
This is often the 1st critical biography of a guy generally one in every of Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was once the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the afflicted troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's historical past because the scion of a popular Texas relatives; his stricken early years and his transformation from promising pre?law pupil to wandering folks singer; his lifestyles at the street 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 intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' broad learn and interviews with Townes' relatives and closest associates and associates. He seems to be past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and delusion in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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Actually, Townes was a rather abusive fellow,” Myrick says. “Back then we all did a lot of partying, a lot of drinking. But Townes drank every day; every day. And it was horrible rotgut that we used to drink. There were two types of wine, one was called Showboat, and the other Bali Hai. It tastes like Robitussin. ” Myrick recalls having a lot of parties at the apartment, most of them less crazed than the one that featured Townes going over the balcony. “He didn’t fall; he jumped,” Myrick says of the notorious occasion, “and it was the third floor.
The time was ripe, and as a musician, Townes was in a crucial formative phase, internalizing the music, seeking guidance wherever he could find it, and practicing incessantly. That year one of his friends dared Townes to take the stage at an upcoming school talent show and show them all what he could do. With a swagger and a swallow, Townes accepted the dare. Dorothy Van Zandt drove her son from the Van Zandt house on Biltmore Drive to the school that evening and waited outside in the car while he went inside with his guitar.
There were various versions of it, that there had been some row with another kid, and it may have involved a girl and it may have involved something that happened on the school property, and may have concerned his family enough, or may have gotten him in the kind of trouble where going off to military school is the way you avoid having a police record or ending up with probation or in some kind of disciplinary situation. ”17 At any rate, Townes Van Zandt joined the Academy Class of 1962 in the fall of 1960 to start his junior year of high school.