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Charlie Louvin

Satan Is Real

Charlie Louvin Satan Is Real The Ballad Of The Louvin Brothers
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The beautiful and tragic saga of the Louvin Brothers—one of the most legendary country duos of all time—is one of America’s great untold stories. Charlie Louvin was a good, god-fearing, churchgoing singer, but his brother Ira had the devil in him, and was known for smashing his mandolin to splinters onstage, cussing out Elvis Presley, and trying to strangle his third wife with a telephone cord. Satan is Real is the incredible tale of Charlie Louvin’s sixty-five-year career, the timeless murder ballads of the Louvin Brothers, and an epic tale of two brothers bound together by love, hate, alcohol, blood, and music.

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“[A] chilling portrait of a brilliant musician intent on self-annihilation.”

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“A real classic of Americana.”

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“Charlie…was a true punk, in the best sense of the word.”

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“Grand themes of life, death, religion, salvation, damnation, human choices and, sometimes, joy.”

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“I think I’ve already found my favorite book of 2012.”

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“Masterful [and] graceful.”

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“One of the most important and illuminating memoirs ever written by a country singer.”

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“One of the pre-eminent brother acts in country music and an inspiration to several generations of rock musicians.”

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“Probably the greatest traditional country duo in history.”

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“Raw honesty, genuine grit, common sense, and smokin’ down-home flavor.”

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“Satan Is Real has the best-designed book cover of 2012 .”

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“Simple and plain-spoken, yet powerful and resonant.”

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“The anecdotes alone offer significance to any person interested in the anthropology of Americana music. Magnanimous without feigning and brusque without malice, Charlie Louvin’s clear-eyed commentary is straightforward and unapologetic.”

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“The Burritos’ favorite artists.”

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“The Louvin Brothers were my favorite when I was young and growing up in the business.”

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“The mix of light and darkness that filled their music was mirrored in their lives.”

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“The most influential harmony team in the history of country music.”

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“There was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers.”

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“They influenced everybody.”

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“You can’t find anybody, I don’t think, that was not inspired by them.”

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Get ready for one of America’s great untold stories: the true saga of the Louvin Brothers, a mid-century Southern gothic Cain and Abel and one of the greatest country duos of all time. The Los Angeles Times called them “the most influential harmony team in the history of country music,” but Emmylou Harris may have hit closer to the heart of the matter, saying “there was something scary and washed in the blood about the sound of the Louvin Brothers.” For readers of Johnny Cash’s irresistible autobiography and Merle Haggard’s My House of Memories, no country music library will be complete without this raw and powerful story of the duo that everyone from Dolly Parton to Gram Parsons described as their favorites: the Louvin Brothers.


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