Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

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Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

Format:  Hardcover,

297 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9780062069030

ISBN-10: 0062069039

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The beautiful and tragic saga of the Louvin Brothers--one of the most legendary country duos of all time--is one of America's great untold stories. Charlie Louvin was a good, god-fearing, churchgoing singer, but his brother Ira had the devil in him, and was known for smashing his mandolin to splinters onstage, cussing out Elvis Presley, and trying to strangle his third wife with a telephone cord. Satan is Real is the incredible tale of Charlie Louvin's sixty-five-year career, the timeless murder ballads of the Louvin Brothers, and an epic tale of two brothers bound together by love, hate, alcohol, blood, and music.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062069030
ISBN-10: 0062069039
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 297
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.82
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780062069030

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Review by Library Journal (2012-01-01)

The Louvin Brothers were the preeminent country harmony duo of the post-World War II era. With a repertoire of classic folk songs such as "Mary of the Moors" and originals like "When I Stop Dreaming", they realized their dream of becoming Grand Ole Opry mainstays and influences on generations of musicians. This book, titled after one of their most celebrated albums, tells their story from the viewpoint of the recently deceased Charlie Louvin, the younger brother who survived to carry their legacy into the 21st century.

Ira, the more ambitious and mercurial brother, is portrayed as magnificently self-destructive via alcoholism, multiple ill-advised marriages, and fits of temper that would manifest in frequent onstage smashing's of his out-of-tune mandolin. In the most effective passages in this volume, Charlie describes his rural Alabama childhood with an abusive father and a mother who teaches the boys their core repertoire.

Verdict: An important part of American roots music history, told in an authentic voice. Recommended for any serious popular music collection.

-John Frank, Los Angeles P.L.

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The beautiful and tragic saga of the Louvin Brothers—one of the most legendary country duos of all time—is one of America’s great untold stories. Charlie Louvin was a good, god-fearing, churchgoing singer, but his brother Ira had the devil in him, and was known for smashing his mandolin to splinters onstage, cussing out Elvis Presley, and trying to strangle his third wife with a telephone cord. Satan is Real is the incredible tale of Charlie Louvin’s sixty-five-year career, the timeless murder ballads of the Louvin Brothers, and an epic tale of two brothers bound together by love, hate, alcohol, blood, and music.

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