Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?

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Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?

The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music

By Mark Zwonitzer; Charles Hirschberg; Charles Hirshberg

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743243827, 432pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2004

The first major biography of the Carter Family, the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly created the sounds and traditions that grew into modern folk, country, and bluegrass music.
Meticulously researched and lovingly written, it is a look at a world and a culture that, rather than passing, has continued to exist in the music that is the legacy of the Carters songs that have shaped and influenced generations of artists who have followed them.
Brilliant in insight and execution, "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?" is also an in-depth study of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter, and their bittersweet story of love and fulfillment, sadness and loss. The result is more than just a biography of a family; it is also a journey into another time, almost another world, and theirs is a story that resonates today and lives on in the timeless music they created.

About the Author
Mark Zwonitzer is the author of a previous biography, "Will You Miss Me When I m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music", written in conjunction with Charles Hirshberg. That book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In addition, he is an acclaimed documentary film producer, director, and writer.

Mark Zwonitzer is a writer-director whose work appears nationally on public television. He is currently finishing up work on a documentary about the creation of the transcontinental railroad and plans soon to begin work on a documentry about the Carter Family. Charles Hirshberg, a writer at Popular Science magazine, is the author of Elvis (Warner Books) and The Beatles (Little, Brown). Prior to joining Popular Science, he worked at Life magazine, and before that was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post Magazine.

Charles Hirshberg, a writer at Popular Science magazine, is the author of a biography of Elvis Presley and a book about The Beatles.

Praise For Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A gem of a book...one of the best works of nonfiction in 2002.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Once in a blue moon you read a riveting biography built of new information more humanizing than scandalizing, rich with detail, not dirt. That's the case with this fresh story of...the original Carter Family. Anyone who cares about country music will love this account of its humble beginnings....It is the utter guilelessness of the subjects, plus the honest approach of the biographer, that makes this a terrific tale.

The Christian Science Monitor

In the heart of the Depression, radio listeners across North America thought of the Carters as family....But off the air, these pioneers of modern folk, country, and bluegrass music were intensely private people who left behind almost none of the paper clues on which biographies can rise. How much more of a triumph, then, is Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?, the first major biography of the Carter Family. Drawing on the recollections of relatives, neighbors,
listeners, and scholars, Mark Zwonitzer, with Charles Hirshberg, achieves an elegant story of a cast of characters more complex than their fans would believe, or their melodies suggest.