ROBERT EARL HARDY has been a professional writer and editor with an interest in contemporary music for twenty-five years. Also a musician, he has played guitar in rock'n'roll, rhythm and blues, and honky-tonk bands in the Washington, D.C., area since the 1970s. He is currently researching the cultural history of 1960s and '70s garage bands. He lives in Laurel, Maryland.
"This is an account of a period of time in music history as well as of one man's struggle with his own life, a struggle that uses the creative process as a way to salvation." - Kathleen Hudson, author of Telling Stories, Writing Songs and Executive Director, Texas Heritage Music Foundation "The author talked to many, many people who knew Townes. His work offers a wealth of anecdotes and information." - Louis Black, editor, Austin Chronicle and executive producer of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt"