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A Deeper Blue
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This is the first serious biography of a man widely considered one of Texas’—and America’s—greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was the embodiment of that mythic American figure, the troubled troubadour. A Deeper Blue traces Van Zandt’s background as the scion of a prominent Texas family; his troubled early years and his transformation from promising pre-law student to wandering folk singer; his life on the road and the demons that pursued and were pursued by him; the women who loved and inspired him; and the brilliance and enduring beauty of his songs, which are explored in depth. The author draws on eight years’ extensive research and interviews with Townes’ family and closest friends and colleagues. He looks beyond the legend and paints a colorful portrait of a complex man who embraced the darkness of demons and myth as well as the light of deep compassion and humanity, all “for the sake of the song.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of Photographs
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction: High, Low, and In Between
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Many a River: The Van Zandts of Texas
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. 2. No Lonesome Tune
  2. pp. 13-19
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  1. 3. Where I Lead Me
  2. pp. 20-32
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  1. 4. No Place to Fall
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. 5. Sanitarium Blues
  2. pp. 46-51
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  1. 6. Waitin’ for the Day
  2. pp. 52-71
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  1. 7. For the Sake of the Song
  2. pp. 72-91
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  1. 8. Don’t You Take It Too Bad
  2. pp. 92-110
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  1. 9. Highway Kind
  2. pp. 111-131
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  1. 10. White Freightliner Blues.
  2. pp. 132-149
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  1. 11. Dollar Bill Blues
  2. pp. 150-172
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  1. 12. Still Lookin’ for You
  2. pp. 173-195
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  1. 13. No Deeper Blue
  2. pp. 196-220
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  1. 14. Flyin’ Shoes
  2. pp. 221-244
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  1. 15. The Blue March
  2. pp. 245-267
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 268-270
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 271-287
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  1. Audio and Video Sources
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 292-300
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