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    Default Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    Just ordered this one from amazon but Elderly has it too. The book cover is from their classic LP... they don't make 'em like this any more. Published in January apparently. I missed that announcement. Anyone here read it?

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    Makes me want to play that ole fiddle tune, Satan's Reel...

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    I loved the book! Just wished it was longer...

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    SPOILER ALERT (I guess): I read it and watched the recent Charlie Louvin documentary. Interesting story if you don't know the details. Ira was a haunted man, and Charlie comes across as a straight arrow. Not really the stuff of Hollywood hits - too one sided. THat said, really surprising that they struggled financially as much s they did. For how much I hear current talent talking about their influence, it was really hand to mouth for them. The financial structure of the early country and hillbilly/bluegrass industry really did not take care of the performers. Song writers did better. The Louvins, who were encouraged to do Gospel, really got the short end. On the mando specific front, amazing the Ira was able to reconstruct his axe after smashing it for the umpteenth time! Thank god for electric tuners!
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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    i read a lot of the preview that was available online....looked good, just downloaded it and transferred it to my kindle....will probably read it tonight....

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    Satan is Real laeR si nataS Braaaaaaah
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    Just finished this one; easy read, interesting and fun. Another reason to keep in touch with the Mandolin Cafe.

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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    Yeah, this was a great read. I highly recommend it.
    Let's all go back to 78 rpm!

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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    Noting today is the anniversary of this book, one of the few so good we read it twice. Brilliant, a must read in our opinion.

    And that cover...

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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    The album is pretty good too.

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    Read the book when it came out; a fun read.

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    Is there a better book in print about early country music? There is not. Celebrating 6 years in print today. Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

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    Good read, I read it last summer. Pete Townsend has nothing on Ira Louvin in the onstage smash department.
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    I've been playing/singing There's a Higher Power lately. Great fun!
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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    I remember one conversation with Bill Bolick (Blue Sky Boys) where he told me that he and Charlie Louvin used to commiserate on working with their brothers . . . the problems were MUCH different, but both insisted that their siblings were wasting enormous talents.

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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    Wow. If you have Prime, it’s free in Kindle format. It’s in my Kindle reader now!

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    Always enjoy seeing this book come up in our historical database. One of the best reads about early country music, ever.

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    Just reading the comments on Amazon is entertaining. I guess I need to get the book.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Just reading the comments on Amazon is entertaining. I guess I need to get the book.
    Yes you do!!! It's a great and entertaining read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Just reading the comments on Amazon is entertaining. I guess I need to get the book.
    Yes a great book. Highly recommended. Another great book along the same line (musicians on the road etc.) but by a blues musician is this one:


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    Default Re: Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    By the way, for other Lovin Bros. fans, this is probably the best deal you'll ever see for their music.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    By the way, for other Lovin Bros. fans, this is probably the best deal you'll ever see for their music.
    It certainly is. Got the cds when I finished the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    It certainly is. Got the cds when I finished the book.
    I've had the CD's for a few years. 12 Louvin Bros. albums for less than 18 bucks can't be beat.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I've had the CD's for a few years. 12 Louvin Bros. albums for less than 18 bucks can't be beat.
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