Live Fast, Love Hard

Live Fast, Love Hard : The Faron Young Story

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As one of the best-known honky tonkers to appear in the wake of Hank Williams\u2019s death, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville\u2019s music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed over eighty songs on the country music charts, and founded the long-running country music periodical Music City News in 1963. Flamboyant, impulsive, and generous, he helped and encouraged a new generation of talented songwriter-performers that included Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson. In 2000, four years after his untimely death, Faron was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Presenting the first detailed portrayal of this lively and unpredictable country music star, Diane Diekman masterfully draws on extensive interviews with Young\u2019s family, band members, and colleagues. Impeccably researched, Diekman\u2019s narrative also weaves anecdotes from Louisiana Hayride and other old radio shows with ones from Young\u2019s business associates, including Ralph Emery. Her unique insider\u2019s look into Young\u2019s career adds to an understanding of the burgeoning country music entertainment industry during the key years from 1950 to 1980, when the music expanded beyond its original rural roots and blossomed into a national (ultimately, international) enterprise. Echoing Young\u2019s characteristic ability to entertain and surprise fans, Diekman combines an account of his public career with a revealing, intimate portrait of his personal life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 25 b&w photographs, 1 table
  • 0252032489
  • 9780252032486
  • 1,466,731

Review quote

"Diekman has done such a thorough job that there is unlikely ever to be another Faron Young biography to compete with it. She has uncovered a great deal of information that will be news to even Faron Young's most passionate fans and friends."--Paul Kingsbury, editor of The Encyclopedia of Country Music and Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America "I've never read a book on someone in the music business that inspired so many different feelings--laughter, sadness, pity, and even crying!" --Glenn Sutton, member of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fameshow more

About Diane Diekman

Diane Diekman is the author of Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born and A Farm in the Hidewood: My South Dakota Home. A retired U.S. Navy captain, she was acquainted with Faron Young for the 26 years before his death in 1996.show more

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