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Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (2004)

  Directed by: Morgan Neville
Written by: Colin Escott, Morgan Neville
Links: Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues on the IMDb
Genre: Documentary

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

""They came out of their chairs and threw their babies in the air!"" - a review by timchuma

This documentary was made as part of the American Masters series for PBS in the US and follows the life of Hank Williams through the experiences of those around him, archival footage, old photos, posters, and his recordings. I would have just sat in the theatre and listened to his songs for two hours (this documentary would have also worked on CD).

As I have a strong interest in country music and its origins, I felt I had to find out more about Hank Williams. You will have probably heard one of his songs even without knowing it as he has had a huge influence on many musicians.

I can't understand why so many people say they 'hate' country music as they must see something different in it to me. What I enjoyed the most about this documentary is that it showed that Hank Williams and artists like him were the rock stars of their generation, decades before that term became known.

Incidents that were recounted such as Hank having to buy new guitars all the time as he broke them over people's heads, to his eventual death in the back of his powder blue Cadillac after he had only been eating eggs with tomato sauce on them for months, could only be dreamed of by today's supposed rock stars.

The people who they interviewed had some great stories to tell, quite apart from the two incidents outlined above. Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams III were also interviewed and gave a great insight.

If you have any interest in music, I would definitely recommend watching this documentary when it comes on TV in your area, as it is such a great story. In the meantime, I have a quite a few CDs to go out and buy so that I can catch up.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 6 Aug 2005

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