Satan Is Real : The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
Charlie Louvin was a good, god-fearing, church-going Christian gospel singer. His brother Ira was not. A hard drinker, Ira was known for frequently smashing his mandolin onstage; he was banned from performing at the Grand Ole Opry for several weeks after a scandal in which his wife shot him five times when he tried to choke her with a telephone cord; and he got into an altercation with Presley while they were on tour together after calling the young rock-and-roller's music trash. Ira lived fast and died young, and his brother Charlie recalls visiting his grave, hearing his brother's voice, and singing one last duet with him. "Satan Is Real" is the incredible tale of the sixty-plus-year career of Charlie Louvin, the timeless murder ballads of the Louvin Brothers, and an epic tale of two brothers bound together by love, hate, alcohol, blood, and music.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 129.54 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
- 03 Jan 2012
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
- 75 Black and White Photos throughout, 8-Page Color Photo Insert
"One of the most important and illuminating memoirs ever written by a country singer." -- Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal "I think I've already found my favorite book of 2012." -- Chris Talbott, Associated Press "Satan Is Real has the best-designed book cover of 2012 ." -- Paper Magazine "The anecdotes alone offer significance to any person interested in the anthropology of Americana music. Magnanimous without feigning and brusque without malice, Charlie Louvin's clear-eyed commentary is straightforward and unapologetic." -- Oxford American "Masterful [and] graceful." -- Alec Solomita, Wall Street Journal "Raw honesty, genuine grit, common sense, and smokin' down-home flavor." -- Publishers Weekly "A real classic of Americana." -- Booklist "The mix of light and darkness that filled their music was mirrored in their lives." -- Ian Crouch, The New Yorker "[A] chilling portrait of a brilliant musician intent on self-annihilation." -- Kirkus "Grand themes of life, death, religion, salvation, damnation, human choices and, sometimes, joy." -- Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times "Simple and plain-spoken, yet powerful and resonant." -- Daily Journal "There was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers." -- Emmylou Harris "Charlie...was a true punk, in the best sense of the word." -- Lucinda Williams "You can't find anybody, I don't think, that was not inspired by them." -- Vince Gill "They influenced everybody." -- Phil Everly "The Burritos' favorite artists." -- Gram Parsons "The Louvin Brothers were my favorite when I was young and growing up in the business." -- Dolly Parton "Probably the greatest traditional country duo in history." -- Grove Dictionary of American Music "The most influential harmony team in the history of country music." -- Los Angeles Times "One of the pre-eminent brother acts in country music and an inspiration to several generations of rock musicians." -- New York Times
Back cover copy
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.
About Charlie Louvin
Born in Henagar, Alabama, Charlie Louvin recorded from 1947 to 1962 with his brother, Ira, as the Louvin Brothers. In 1955, they became members of the Grand Ole Opry and churned out thirteen hits on the Billboard country chart, including "When I Stop Dreaming," "Cash on the Barrelhead," and "Knoxville Girl." Charlie's solo career began in 1964 with the top five hit "I Don't Love You Anymore," and he followed it with twenty-nine Billboard-charting singles and four Grammy nominations. Benjamin Whitmer is the author of the novel Pike and a lifelong country music fan. He lives and writes in Denver.