Re: New Ken Burns "Country Music" documentary...
Posted by Larry Jordan on May 6, 2019, 4:22 pm, in reply to "Re: New Ken Burns "Country Music" documentary..."
Don't get your hopes up for them to cover Jim Reeves accurately. MICHAEL STREISSGUTH, author of the horribly inaccurate and vile book on Jim, accusing him of even being a wife beater, has been a CONSULTANT TO KEN BURNS for several years as Burns has worked on this series. |
I imagine Streissguth will be appearing on camera as the "expert" on Reeves, (even though his book bombed and Ed Gregory was approached by the publisher to ask if he wanted to buy skids of unsold books for a few cents on the dollar).
I can only imagine how the segment on Jim will turn out. As I warned Ken, what he broadcasts is treated like Moses handing down the Ten Commandments. So whatever inaccuracies or distortions may appear in the broadcast in re Jim (or anybody else) will forever become part of country music history.
As a writer, I can tell you that there is a little cadre of hacks out there whose only talent seems to be self-promotion. They turn up here and there and are inaccurately described as "experts" when they are definitely NOT.
They churn out one book after another and one female author I know of even tried to blackmail a source to get her to talk about the sex life she shared with a famous singer (not Jim). When my friend wouldn't cooperate, she ended up being lied about in the book. Yet unsuspecting fans pick up these poorly researched tomes and believe what's printed in them.
I admire Ken Burns as a documentarian but his series on country music (which has been finished for awhile now, as PBS does scheduling well in advance of broadcast), had better be right about Jim Reeves or it will sully his reputation as a filmmaker.
I've been personally assured I will like how Jim is portrayed but of course they are keeping the lid on the actual video until the air dates.