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He Stopped Loving Her Today
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When George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her Today" more than thirty years ago, he was a walking disaster. Twin addictions to drugs and alcohol had him drinking Jim Beam by the case and snorting cocaine as long as he was awake. Before it was over, Jones would be bankrupt, homeless, and an unwilling patient at an Alabama mental institution. In the midst of all this chaos, legendary producer Billy Sherrill-the man who discovered Tammy Wynette and cowrote "Stand by Your Man"-would somehow coax the performance of a lifetime out of the mercurial Jones. The result was a country masterpiece.

He Stopped Loving Her Today, the story behind the making of the song often voted the best country song ever by both critics and fans, offers an overview of country music's origins and a search for the music's elusive Holy Grail: authenticity. The schizoid bottom line-even though country music is undeniably a branch of the make believe world of show biz, to fans and scholars alike, authenticity remains the ultimate measure of the music's power.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue: Shattering Glass in a Minor Key
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. Part One: George Jones Live
  2. pp. 11-41
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  1. 1. Vacant, Inert Cipher
  2. pp. 13-19
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  1. 2. Art and Money
  2. pp. 20-29
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  1. 3. The Country Music Dialectic
  2. pp. 30-33
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  1. 4. The Lesson of Paducah
  2. pp. 34-41
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  1. Part Two: Authenticity, A.K.A. The Real Deal
  2. pp. 43-69
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  1. 5. Hillbillies and Cowboys
  2. pp. 45-51
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  1. 6. Country Cred
  2. pp. 52-60
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  1. 7. Jimmie and Them
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. Part Three: The Nashville Sound
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. 8. Violins From Hell or The Short, Official, Pretty-Much Totally Bogus History of the Nashville Sound
  2. pp. 73-80
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  1. 9. The Long, Unofficial, Pretty-Much Totally True History of the Nashville Sound
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. 10. Yeah, But Is It Country?
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. Part Four: Music Makers
  2. pp. 91-127
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  1. 11. Follow the Money
  2. pp. 93-101
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  1. 12. The Writing of “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
  2. pp. 102-112
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  1. 13. The Quonset Hut
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. 14. Making Music
  2. pp. 120-127
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  1. Part Five: George Glenn
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 15. Plum Crazy
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. 16. Spoiled Rotten Child Prodigy Addict
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. 17. Heart Broke
  2. pp. 143-152
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  1. Part Six: The Making of "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
  2. p. 153
  1. 18. Now in Session: George Jones
  2. pp. 155-159
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  1. 19. Eyewitnesses v. Paperwork
  2. pp. 160-167
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  1. 20. Collaboration and Compilation
  2. pp. 168-180
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  1. Epilogue: True Love Purgatory
  2. pp. 181-185
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  1. Images
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-209
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