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Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams by author Colin Escott
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST
Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol
Hosted by Bristol Public Library Executive Director Tonia Kestner and Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs weekly every 4th Thursday.
Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, learn more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm!
I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams
In his brief life, Hank Williams created one of the defining bodies of American music. Songs such as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “Jambalaya” sold millions of records and became the model for virtually all country music that followed. But by the time of his death at age twenty-nine, Williams had drunk and drugged and philandered his way through two messy marriages and out of his headline spot on the Grand Ole Opry. Even though he was country music’s top seller, toward the end he was so famously unreliable that he was lucky to get a booking in a beer hall.
Colin Escott’s enthralling, definitive biograph — now the basis of the major motion picture I Saw the Light — vividly details the singer’s stunning rise and his spectacular decline, revealing much that was previously unknown or hidden about the life of this country music legend.