July 11, 2010 by Post Team
Merle Haggard:Merle Haggard is without doubt a living legend of the music world today. When she sings to spend time in prison, he speaks from experience. When he writes lyrics to go in the wrong direction despite her mother’s attempt to steer him right, who is writing a nonfiction chapter of his life.
PBS has captured these and more stories about the singer in “Merle Haggard: Learning to live with myself, American Masters,” which opens July 21 with the NPT and PBS stations across the country. The documentary tells the story of Merle’s life his criminal ways as a teenager to the time spent in San Quentin prison, in the midst of his success as one of the most respected singers of country music and composers and artists. There are some clips of a great young Merle before the music became his life as well as images of him singing some of his best known songs, including “Okie from Muskogee” and “Working Man Blues.”
The story of Johnny Cash, Merle see action at San Quentin in the New Year’s Day 1959, is an acquaintance. Today, more cash Merle says “changed my life forever.” The man who was a prisoner became a man with a purpose, to become an artist who spoke to ordinary people, as the Man in Black.
Now 73, just fought another battle Merle important in your life. He is a cancer survivor, having had a tumor on his lung removed in late 2008. In the spring of 2009, the show was back, saying at the time he thought it would be one of its busiest years to date. Merle has been steadily increasing since then, releasing a new album, ‘I am what I am, “earlier this year.
Never be afraid to be open about topics from music to politics and religion, the singer and composer strives to keep their music in an honest industry likes to promote his daughter as the new hip thing. It is not an easy time to get your music played on the radio, however, the new album debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard country albums chart and No. 76 The magazine Top 200.
Haggard never turn his back on the music he loves. He is emphatic when he says: “I’ve become a lifetime criminal if the music had saved my ass.”
Gandulfo Hennig, the filmmaker who produced “Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons,” is the main force behind the film. He and the crew of a Merle followed by three years, documentation of pictures while he was home on his ranch and while he hit the road bringing their music to fans.
“As a documentary, has been a dream come true and sometimes a challenge,” says Henning. “Merle is very guarded at the same time, very honest. As an artist, he is so original and as spontaneous as it gets. Working with Merle, I learned to prepare for the unexpected at all times – it seems that often do not know what going to do next. There is no middle with him. It is not always easy, but it is always exciting. ”
Henning not only talked to Merle, is rounded to some of his friends and colleagues, including Kris Kristofferson, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, John Fogerty, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, producer and actor Don Was Robert Duvall. These men and women approach the man we have come to know over the years, as they have traveled the road with him, admired the man and his music, and become his friend.
“There are many of us, they called from outside the right of return to the top, but Merle was a real outlaw,” says his friend Kris in the documentary.
To see a preview of the television special, go to the PBS website. http://pbs.org/americanmasters
Download Merle Haggard Songs http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/merle-haggard/id170987?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
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