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Twentieth Century Drifter : The Life of Marty Robbins,9780252036323

Twentieth Century Drifter : The Life of Marty Robbins

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9780252036323

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0252036328
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
2/15/2012
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Univ of Illinois Pr
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Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbinsis the first biography of this legendary country music artist and NASCAR driver who scored sixteen number-one hits and two Grammy awards. Yet even with fame and fortune, Marty Robbins always yearned for more. Drawing from personal interviews and in-depth research, biographer Diane Diekman explains how Robbins saw himself as a drifter, a man always searching for self-fulfillment and inner peace. Born Martin David Robinson to a hardworking mother and abusive alcoholic father, he never fully escaped from the insecurities burned into him by a poverty-stricken nomadic childhood in the Arizona desert. In 1947 he got his first gig as a singer and guitar player. Too nervous to talk, the shy young man walked onstage singing. Soon he changed his name to Marty Robbins, cultivated his magnetic stage presence, and established himself as an entertainer, songwriter, and successful NASCAR driver. For fans of Robbins, NASCAR, and classic country music,Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbinsis a revealing portrait of this well-loved, restless entertainer, a private man who kept those who loved him at a distance.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
In the Hall of Famep. 1
Child of the Arizona Desertp. 5
A Drifterp. 15
Music and Marizonap. 25
On Columbia Recordsp. 33
Mr. Teardropp. 41
Singing the Blues in a White Sport Coatp. 53
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songsp. 63
Early 1960sp. 79
Cowboy in a Continental Suitp. 87
Still More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songsp. 95
From Dirt Track to NASCARp. 105
A Hot Dog Ready to Popp. 113
"I Want To Race Again"p. 123
Back in the Groovep. 131
NASCAR42p. 141
Twentieth Century Drifterp. 153
Return to the Roadp. 161
Back on Columbia Records and in the Spotlightp. 169
The Marty Robbins Band on Tourp. 177
Into the '80sp. 189
NASCAR¨Phase Twop. 199
Super Legendp. 203
No Plans of Quitting any Time Soonp. 213
"I'll Be Drifting Home"p. 225
Some Memories Just Won't Diep. 231
Appendix: Band Membersp. 235
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 273
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