RESPECTED COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORIAN RAVES ABOUT JIM REEVES
Posted by JULIE (Webmistress) on April 15, 2020, 7:51 pm
Ronnie Pugh, who is well known as an expert on country music in Nashville (I've seen him appear in many documentaries), wrote a simply wonderful review of Larry's book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story" on Amazon. You've got to read this! |
BTW, Larry's book is available WORLDWIDE on Amazon and you only pay "local" postage and in some cases NO postage and you can get it quickly. Check your local Amazon site for "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story." -- JULIE
Here is country music historian Ronnie Pugh's review below:
Ronnie F. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2020
If you care for country music at all, do yourself a favor and read this wonderful book! I read its 600+ pages in less than a week; I simply could not put it down. Larry Jordan put decades of his own life into researching and writing this book, and no one ever has or ever will tell the story of the great Jim Reeves in as detailed and engrossing a fashion. It brings you an education on country music in the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's, while recounting Reeves' life on an almost day-by-day basis that never gets tiring. Jordan did hours of interviews with ALL the key players in the Reeves life and career -- wife, siblings, band members, managers, fellow artists, business partners, fans, and yes, even lovers. He pored through newspapers, personal letters, diaries, school grades (that's right!), fan club publications, and all relevant research done by others. I thought I knew Jim Reeves as a lifelong country fan and being something of a scholar myself (writing the life of Ernest Tubb); but Larry Jordan told me things I didn't know (and I don't think ANYBODY knew) on almost every page! The detail is outstanding; the writing is brisk and engaging; the photos (MANY never seen in print before) are interspersed throughout the text and are always placed in the perfect spots for full effect. I never read a biography which handled illustrations as deftly as this one. On top of all this, Jordan's ability to EVALUATE the life and career of Jim Reeves -- describing its context and importance while it unfolded, and its lasting legacy since -- is unmatched. Jordan is not shy about passing judgments, and he supports every one he makes.
This book is as comprehensive as an encyclopedia while it reads like a novel or detective story. If you love country music, you MUST read this book. It will be well worth your time and money if you enjoy it half as much as I did.