Hank Williams From Life To Legend


The book’s author, Jerry Rivers, joined Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys in 1949. The band continued to record and tour after Hank’s death. Rivers states, “In 1967 I was compelled to write of my day-to-day experiences in working, recording and touring with Hank Williams and The Drifting Cowboys. The result was a revelation of struggle from near poverty to fame and success, punctuated by repeated failure to find happiness or contentment in everyday life and love, and leading to an unnecessary, tragic end to a short but  phenomenal career. The continuing saga of the Hank Williams legend thirty years after his death is an equally fascinating story.”

The first edition of Hank Williams From Life to Legend was published in 1967 by Heather Enterprises, Denver, CO. According to the author the original publishing company was sold, printing was discontinued and all original stock became exhausted in the mid-seventies. Because of numerous requests for the book in it’s original form the author chose to reprint the original book in its entirety without change in 1980. The author self-published and added a section to the original book that is the equivalent of FAQs fans had for him over the years of what it was like to know Hank Williams. An extremely honest and insightful read by someone who actually knew, lived and worked with Hank Williams.

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Jerry Rivers, Hank Williams From Life To Legend, Privately Published, Goodlettsville, TN, 1980, 1st thus, 56, softcover, NEAR FINE. Pages are crisp and clean with now stains or tears. Inside first page has previous owner’s written name, otherwise would be As New. Spine is tight and shows no wear. Very rare and collectable book.