Bob Wills: hubbin' it by Ruth Sheldon

By Ruth Sheldon

Unavailable for many years, this pioneering biography of the King of Western Swing returns to print in a good-looking new version with pictures, index, and a brand new severe introduction.Few figures in state music's background have left as specified and lasting an effect as Bob Wills (1905-1975). knowledgeable fiddler and a magnetic showman, Wills popularized a method of Southwestern dance tune referred to as western swing, a rhythmic hybrid of Texas mess around track, blues, and large band swing that set dance halls alight around the Southwest within the thirties and forties. regardless of his passing, his legacy has been carried ahead within the track of such sleek stars as Merle Haggard and George Strait.In 1938, whilst Wills used to be thirty-three and nearing the peak of his popularity, journalist Ruth Sheldon chronicled the rags-to-riches upward push of this gifted musician, exhibiting awesome foresight in her selection of topic. operating with the total cooperation of Wills, Sheldon produced a biography that absolutely captures the ebullient character of Wills and displays the bandleader's imaginative and prescient of himself.Noted nation song historian invoice C. Malone has praised Hubbin' It as a "pioneering biography," a landmark within the recording of state tune background. Now restored to print for the 1st time given that its preliminary 1938 ebook, Hubbin' It presents a desirable window into the way of life of a operating musician throughout the melancholy. it's a wealthy resource of ancient aspect at the lifetime of one in every of America's nice musical innovators.Distributed for the rustic track beginning Press

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Bob supplied them all. When I commented on this faculty of his, he smiled and said, ''Well, I didn't have no education. '' In discussing the book, Bob has often said that he hoped for one thing above allthat it will be a book which parents will want their children to read. The things that have happened to him could happen to many youngsters. He feels so strongly that it might have been easy enough for him to turn into an outlaw that he would like young boys to know why. It might lead them to be more careful and to think a little harder before they do something.

They loved him and were willing to work so that he might go ahead. But Bob could not let them. If he were to amount to anything it must be through his own efforts. He did not want to be obligated to anyone. The Potterages were sad when he told them that he thought it best to go away and find something else to do. They did not want to lose him, but because they loved him so much, they were able to understand, at least a little, why he felt he must go. His heart was heavy as he went away, but his body moved with a curious sense of freedom.

A baby was crawling around the kitchen floor crying lustily. The farmer's wife picked her up and thrust her in Bob's arms. "You hush her while I finish fixin' supper," she said. As Bob rocked the squirming, squawling infant, he felt he could stand no more. He was so worn out when supper was served that he could scarcely force the food into his mouth. The pallet spread on the kitchen floor for him a little later seemed like a feather bed as he quickly lost consciousness. The next morning was Thursday.

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