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Posted By: Rasener
05-Feb-05 - 01:32 AM
Thread Name: Review: Hank Williams (on BBC2) 5 Feb 05
Subject: Hank Williams 5/2/05 Sat BBC 2 9:05pm
This could be very interesting

Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues
Sat 5 Feb, 9:05 pm - 10:25 pm 80mins

With the help of Hank Williams' family and closest friends, this Arena documentary looks at the life of the country music singer-songwriter who, despite dying aged 29 over fifty years ago, still ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music.

Hank Williams died on a journey half-way across America to a gig he would never make. He set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft and sang his songs with such believability that we feel privy to his world, despite the fact that he left no in-depth interviews and just a few letters. His brief and tragic death have only compounded his appeal.

With his seductive musings on love and ruin, Hank Williams didn't just embody the Honky Tonk ethos, he practically invented it. Dirt-poor and rail-thin, he blazed out of Alabama in the late 1940s with the go-for-broke fervour of a man whose days were numbered.

The emotional clarity of his voice spoke to millions, and by the age of twenty-five he was country music's first superstar. Four years later, overtaken by his own heart, he was gone - an icon to the world and an enigma to those who thought they knew him best.