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June 23, 2004 | Noel Holston, Newsday
With a soundtrack of timeless songs and remembrances by friends and family that can make you cackle or give you chills, "Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues" is a must-see for lovers of great American music. That's not to say it's definitive, however. Williams' formative years get rather cursory attention from producer-director Morgan Neville. Though Neville collected many testimonies to the singer-songwriter's loneliness, the man remains something of a mystery.
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January 3, 2003 | Geoff Boucher
Here along the Alabama River the details of the story are as wispy as the cotton in the furrowed fields: They say in the 1930s a sickly shoeshine boy met a hunchbacked bluesman who played the street for coins. The white youngster, mesmerized, coaxed the black busker to teach him chords. The result was music history. The boy was Hiram Williams, but the world would know him as Hank, the doomed titan of country music who died 50 years ago this week at the age of 29.
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