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Informative and lively overview of the legendary and genre defining Louvin Brothers, who started life in Alabama as the Loudermilks. The book is written more as a discographical overview of the 219 recordings the brothers made during their years together (they parted a few years before Ira's untimely death in a car accident), and the author notes it was originally written to accompany the fabulous Bear Family CD box set of their complete recordings. With that in mind, the reader should enjoy the...
An excellent bio. Made me want to read and listen more
While the subjects and their lives, not to mention their amazing music, made for riveting subject matter, the late country music historian, Charles Wolfe, managed to tie their lives within a broader continuum of American Country music, with all sorts of unexpected connections to musical genres, regions, events and individuals I would not have expected to find there. If you have an interest in brother duet stylings, classic county music, and southern culture of the 1940s and '50s, this is a book
This biography is adapted from the book of liner notes and text accompanying the Bear Family records 10-CD box set from that trend-setting German import label. This fine book makes me want to hear the whole works.Highly recommended.